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.

COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccination learning and resource hub

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges for the pharmacy profession. You might be preparing to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme, which may involve safe storage and distribution and/or administration of the vaccine. In order to access learning to support you to do this, click on the first tab displayed below. This section will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Responding to COVID-19 is a quickly evolving situation, which requires a rapid response from the pharmacy sector to mobilise the workforce and support patient care in those places where it is needed most. You may be a pharmacy professional returning after a break in practice or you may be working in a new environment. At this challenging time we want you to be able to find the resources that you need the most as quickly and easily as possible.

This learning and resource hub contains CPPE materials and resources from other organisations that we think will be most valuable to you.

We have drawn together the resources that we think would be most useful for each of the following situations. Click on the drop-down menu bars for more information.

 

COVID-19 vaccination – support for you

Pharmacists will be playing an integral role in terms of delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme. You may be working in primary care or community pharmacy practice; this area will support you in identifying appropriate resources to provide COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme

Whichever area of practice you are in, this is your main learning resource. e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) have prepared a COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme. It is designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme safely and effectively.

The programme has three courses and associated assessments:

  • Core Knowledge for COVID-19 Vaccinators which covers:
    • Key clinical details about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19.
    • The development of COVID-19 vaccines.
    • The immune response and how the vaccines work.
    • The COVID-19 vaccination programme, including priority groups and vaccine administration.
  • COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 which covers:
    • Eligibility criteria.
    • Product information and information on storage, reconstitution and administration.
    • What to discuss with the vaccinee prior to vaccination and aftercare.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca which covers:
    • Eligibility criteria.
    • Product information and information on storage, reconstitution and administration.
    • What to discuss with the vaccinee prior to vaccination and aftercare.

The programme refers to COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a throughout. This is a key resource which you should use alongside this e-learning.

Further details about this programme can be found on the e-LfH COVID-19 Vaccination programme webpage.

Programme access

There are two ways to access the COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme:

Access directly via e-LfH (NHS email address required)

Access directly via the e-LfH website by clicking here

Click ‘Log in’ on the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Complete the following courses and assessments:

  • Core Knowledge for COVID-19 Vaccinators
  • COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

Access via the CPPE website (NHS email address NOT required)

Sign in to the CPPE website and access the e-Learning for Healthcare learning modules e-learning.

When you are logged in to the e-learning for healthcare site you can either:

  • Access directly by clicking here and click 'Enrol' on the top right-hand corner, or
  • Search “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the search bar at the top of the screen and select the COVID-19 Vaccination programme

Complete the following courses and assessments:

  • Core Knowledge for COVID-19 Vaccinators
  • COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

Patient safety

The above e-learning is theoretical, and you will need to ensure that you are competent in the practical skills required for vaccination administration. You will also need to ensure that you have completed Basic Life Support and anaphylaxis training and any Statutory and Mandatory training required by your employer. Please see the additional training section below for information on the additional training that is available from e-LfH.

Additional training from e-LfH

If you have further learning needs, you may be required to undertake learning in addition to the e-LfH COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme.

Important: COVID-19 vaccinators should check with their local provider/employer whether they need to undertake the additional training.

Additional training is available from e-LfH and is listed on the e-LfH COVID-19 Vaccination programme webpage under Additional training for vaccinators. It covers:

  • Immunisation – Legal Aspects
  • Immunisation – Vaccine Storage
  • Immunisation – Vaccine Administration
  • Introduction to Anaphylaxis
  • Recognising and Managing Anaphylaxis
  • Statutory and Mandatory Training (SMT)

Further resources

Professional information and support can be found on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) COVID-19 vaccines page. Some resources that you may find particularly useful are:

  • The RPS statement of confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine approval process
  • A collection of Resources for the public
  • Videos from experts describing the action of each of the approved vaccines
  • Further pharmacy-specific links and resources

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) offers a COVID-19 vaccination programme which offers tailored support if you are in one of the following positions:

  • I want to help deliver COVID-19 vaccinations as an individual pharmacy professional
  • My pharmacy wants to support the local Primary Care Network to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations
  • My pharmacy wants to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations ‘at’ or ‘from’ a registered pharmacy
  • I’m looking for key links and resources about the COVID-19 vaccination programmes

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) COVID-19 vaccinations page offers information on how community pharmacy can support the COVID-19 vaccination programme including:

  • Practical information about how pharmacy can get involved with the programme
  • Indemnity arrangements
  • Vaccination of pharmacy staff

Returning to pharmacy practice (community and hospital)

We have developed a Guide to returning to pharmacy practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This programme has been developed to support pharmacy professionals in returning to pharmacy practice after a gap in professional service. This includes those who have joined the GPhC temporary register and those who have been working in roles that are not currently patient facing.

This programme contains two streams, a community pharmacy stream and a hospital stream. Each stream consists of a self-assessment framework for you to use to assess your own learning needs. Once you have established the areas of practice you need to revisit, you are clearly signposted to the relevant sections of learning that will help you to address these needs.

A key element of the programme is our daily Zoom drop-in sessions which you can join for support as you return to practice. More information about these sessions can be found in the programme.

Within this programme you will also find information on resilience.

Looking for the latest COVID-19 resources

Our COVID-19 gateway page includes links to the key NHS and Public Health England web pages that will help you keep up to date with the current situation. You will find these in the Core and foundation learning section along with links to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub and Health Education England's Coronavirus (COVID-19) e-learning programme which includes resources for pharmacy staff. The Advanced learning section contains more specific clinical guidance and information on medicines. The tools and further reading will support you to respond to the pandemic and offer the best care to patients and the public, regardless of the sector you are working in. More advanced clinical guidance and information can be found in the Advanced learning section.

Upskilling to look after those who are acutely unwell

If you are already working in secondary care and are looking for materials to help you upskill, then we recommend the Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Coronavirus (COVID-19) portal. In the Resources for pharmacy staff area there is a learning path titled, Looking after acutely unwell patients.

(To access these resources, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) portal and select Resources for pharmacy staff at the bottom of the list of links.)

In this learning path you will find different resources to support you with your hospital pharmacy practice, ranging from programmes to support you in processes like medicines reconciliation to clinical programmes revising biochemistry and therapeutic drug monitoring. This pathway is updated with new resources regularly.

We have also developed a COVID-19 gateway page where we have collated a range of advanced learning and tools which you may find useful. This is signposted to in the Looking for the latest COVID-19 resources area above.

A key part of your ability to support in these acute areas is your own health and wellbeing. Our Resilience page contains a collection of resources which may help you at this difficult time.

Upskilling to look after those who are critically unwell

You may already working in secondary care but moving into an environment which requires you to care for people who are critically unwell.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) have several resources that you may find useful, these can be found on the RPS Basics of critical care page.

A key part of your ability to support in critical areas is your own health and wellbeing. Our Resilience page contains a collection of resources which may help you at this difficult time.

Working in a Nightingale hospital

If you are going to work at a Nightingale field hospital you will receive a local induction and training and support relevant to your role.

We recognise that this is likely to be a highly challenging environment to work in. Our Resilience page contains a collection of resources which may help you at this difficult time.

You may want to look at the resources to upskill in critical care. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) have several resources that you may find useful, these can be found on the RPS Basics of critical care page.

Seeking support and resilience

This is a challenging time for everyone. Our Resilience page contains a collection of resources which may help you at this difficult time.

Working in primary care and care homes

We have developed a COVID-19 gateway page where we have collated a range of learning and tools which you may find useful.  

Our clinical fact sheets developed for the Medicines optimisation in care homes training pathway are now available here.

If you are looking for materials specific to primary care, we have also compiled a list of Training support resources for medicines related roles in primary care with a range of extra resources. This should be used alongside the COVID-19 gateway page.

This resource is for those who may find themselves working outside of their usual role in primary care.