Hypertension Case Finding Service

An Advanced Service to support the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions for prevention of cardiovascular disease

Pharmacies providing the service:

The Service

This service will have 2 stages

  1. Stage 1: Identifying people at risk of hypertension and offering them blood pressure monitoring (clinic check).
  2. Stage 2: Where clinically indicated, provide 24hr ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). The blood pressure test results will be shared with the patient’s GP to then inform a potential diagnosis of hypertension.

Contractors opting to provide the service must provide both stages of it, where clinically required. It is not possible to just provide stage 1 - clinic BP readings and not provide stage 2 - ABPM.

Service Specification: Download here

From September 2023, Pharmacies providing the service must have an approved IT solution in place for recording consultations.

BP meter & ABPM meter

Equipment used to deliver the service must be validated by the British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS), so contractors must use a ‘normal’ BP meter and an ABPM which are included on one of the two following BIHS lists:

Training requirements

The service must be delivered by the pharmacist (ongoing discussions). To provide the service, pharmacists must:

Additional optional training

CPPE hypertension gateway page of the CPPE website.

For further information visit the Hypertension Case Finding page on the CPE website.