NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

Shared decision making

Programme details

Welcome to the CPPE Shared decision making programme.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have commissioned CPPE to develop and deliver a programme of learning centred on embedding a shared decision-making approach to consultations in primary care practice (general practice and care homes).

Shared decision making and personalised care are core elements of the NHS Long Term Plan. Pharmacists are seen as being a key provider of personalised care within primary care. Shared decision making is linked to improved outcomes for patients and puts patients at the centre of their own care, making them experts in their own healthcare decisions.

The Shared decision making programme is open to NHS pharmacists working in a patient-facing role in general practice and care homes for at least two days (15 hours) per week. Please note that carrying out remote consultations also meets the patient-facing criteria, and you are eligible to apply.

The programme is delivered online and consists of an e-course and two full day online workshops.

If you are a learner on the Primary care pharmacy education pathway (PCPEP) you will be completing this programme as part of the pathway. You will receive further details from the PCPEP team.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this programme participants should be able to:

  • define what is meant by shared decision making
  • describe how shared decision making can improve a consultation from the perspective of a pharmacist and the person that they are consulting with
  • demonstrate the use of the tools and techniques outlined in this course to support shared decision making
  • compare these different tools and techniques in order to select those that you will use in practice
  • evaluate your ability to use shared decision making in practice.

Programme overview

This programme consists of a six unit, self-directed e-course and two full day online workshops. Depending on when you book a place, and the dates of the online workshops that you have selected, it will take between six and nine weeks to complete the programme (the e-course opens five weeks before the first online workshop and bookings close three weeks before the first online workshop).

As represented in the image below you will be required to complete the first four units of the e-course, and the CPPE Remote consultation skills e-learning prior to attending the first online workshop. You will then have between three and four weeks (depending on the dates of your online workshops) to complete units 5 and 6 of the e-course before attending the second online workshop.

We estimate that each unit will take you around three hours to complete. The estimated study time for the Remote consultation skills e-learning is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Please note that you will be required to complete a case study prior to attending online workshop 2. You can use a remote consultation for this case study, but you will need to ensure that you are undertaking consultations during this programme in order for you to select an appropriate case.

The timings for the online workshops are as follows:

  • Online workshop 1: 9:15 am to 3:45 pm with a one hour break 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.
  • Online workshop 2: 9:30 am to 3:45 pm with a one hour break 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.

What is covered?

The first four units of the e-course start by looking at what shared decision making is and how it can be applied in practice. You will also be introduced to tools, models and concepts to help you develop your shared decision-making skills. The first online workshop will be an opportunity for you to apply what you have learned by working with your peers and medical actors in a safe environment. Unit five moves on to looking at applying shared decision making in complex situations. Unit six supports you to gather details relating to one of your real-life consultations, in the form of a case study, which you will discuss with a peer at online workshop 2. The second online workshop, the last element in this programme, gives you a final opportunity to put your skills to the test and will give you an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned throughout the programme.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to those working in an NHS role that meets the following criteria:

  • Pharmacists working in a patient facing role in general practice and care homes for at least two days (15 hours) per week.

The programme is currently not open to:

  • Pharmacists working in roles in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, the Health in Justice sector (unless they have been part of the Medicines optimisation in care homes pathway) or the Ministry of Defence
  • Pharmacy technicians.