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.


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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.


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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.


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Alcohol

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This resource will help you acquire the knowledge, develop the skills and demonstrate the attitudes necessary to offer an alcohol identification and brief advice service.

#CPPEalcohol


14h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • describe how you would identify people who need the alcohol identification and brief advice service
  • demonstrate how you would open a conversation about alcohol use with people who may need the service
  • describe the components of both the initial assessment and the consultation
  • explain the current recommendations for lower risk limits of alcohol consumption and what a unit of alcohol is
  • explain the benefits of stopping drinking, or reducing alcohol consumption
  • explain the benefits of at least two drink-free days each week
  • explain the categories of drinker and where the person fits within the categories
  • explain the follow-up procedure
  • describe the referral pathway, where applicable
  • describe and explain the content of the information leaflet used for the service
  • complete the paperwork for the service
  • complete the necessary report to the harm reduction team when increasing risk and higher risk drinking is identified.
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Alcohol misuse: support and advice from the pharmacy team

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The aim of this programme is to help you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to provide an alcohol identification and brief advice service. The focus of this programme is to look at the contribution the pharmacy team can make to alcohol harm reduction and is designed to complement Public Health England's 'Alcohol identification and brief advice' e-learning course.


10h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • describe the current extent and nature of problems relating to alcohol
  • discuss the national strategies to tackle alcohol misuse
  • identify the impact of alcohol misuse on mental and physical health, personal relationships and the wider society
  • describe the available screening tools that can be used to identify people who may be at risk as a result of their alcohol intake and use the tools to assess a patient’s alcohol use
  • describe the key techniques and approaches needed to offer brief advice in a pharmacy setting and identify people who require appropriate referral
  • discuss the requirements for setting up an alcohol identification and brief advice service.
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Covers identifying, assessing and managing alcohol-use disorders in adults and young people. Aims to reduce harm caused by alcohol.

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To support you to reduce alcohol-related admissions across the NHS. Contains alcohol-specific documents, guidance and tools.

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Work your way around the Substance misuse learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team give advice about legal highs. The challenges also suggest how you can help to improve dental health for substance misusers, while learning to deal with patients regularly asking to purchase higher risk over-the-counter medicines.

You can access this learning here: Substance misuse - theLearningpharmacy.com


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you shoud be able to:
  • describe new methods of engaging with patients and the public
  • develop and run an effective health promotion campaign in your pharmacy
  • provide advice and signposting on self-care and public health
  • explain how to deal effectively with patient queries about long term conditions or medicines
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • describe how to advise appropriately a patient requesting an OTC medicine
  • become more confident in dealing with therapeutic challenges and prescription interventions
  • explain how you would work in partnership with other healthcare professionals to support patients
  • identify and meet the professional development needs of the pharmacy team.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Alcohol misuse: support and advice from the pharmacy team distance learning programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within that programme.


Learning Objectives:

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Alcohol misuse: support and advice from the pharmacy team distance learning programme. Access and successful completion will contribute to your own personal development plan, be recorded in your My CPPE record and will enable you to complete a CPD entry on the learning. It may also provide evidence for achieving competencies in the RPS Foundation or Advanced Pharmacy Frameworks. If you are working towards completing a Declaration of Competence for a pharmacy service, successful completion of this assessment will provide evidence of your learning.
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This podcast highlights how pharmacists and their teams are making a difference to people’s lives and patient outcomes by what they do. The aim of this podcast is to provide the listener with information about Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLPs), update them on the pathfinder evaluation and inspire pharmacists to aspire to HLP status. Duration: 27:36 mins.


2h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • describe the origins of the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) project
  • discuss the findings of the HLP pathfinder evaluation
  • describe the attributes of a HLP
  • explain the benefits of HLPs to local people and to the pharmacists and their teams
  • list any barriers to becoming a HLP and consider how to overcome these
  • describe three actions you could take towards your pharmacy becoming aHLP.

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