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.
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.
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:
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.
There are two ways to access the COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme:
Access directly via e-LfH (NHS email address required)
Click ‘Log in’ on the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Complete the following courses and assessments:
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:
Complete the following courses and assessments:
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.
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:
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 General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) offers a COVID-19 vaccination programme which offers tailored support if you are in one of the following positions:
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) COVID-19 vaccinations page offers information on how community pharmacy can support the COVID-19 vaccination programme including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a challenging time for everyone. Our Resilience page contains a collection of resources which may help you at this difficult time.
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.