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.

Antimicrobial resistance

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Do you understand the threats caused by antimicrobial resistance? Do you realise the important role the pharmacy team can play in supporting healthcare professionals and patients to optimise patient outcomes in antimicrobial therapy, while minimising harm?

This page brings together a range of learning activities to support your engagement in antimicrobial stewardship, improving appropriate prescribing of antimicrobials and educating the public about the problems associated with antimicrobial resistance. You can learn by yourself, online or face to face.

Our distance learning programme Antibacterial resistance – a global threat to public health: the role of the pharmacy team will enable you to learn more about the important role the pharmacy team can play in supporting healthcare professionals and patients to optimise patient outcomes in antimicrobial therapy, while minimising harm.

Each year we collaborate with Public Health England to co-ordinate European Antibiotic Awareness Day activities. Join over 30,000 other healthcare professionals and members of the public by pledging to become an antibiotic guardian. Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete. You can find out what we have done in previous campaigns and join the next one coming up.

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This e-learning programme has been developed by Health Education England and is available on the e-Learning for Healthcare website. It is designed to support all health and social care staff to understand the threats caused by antimicrobial resistance. After ordering this programme, you will be redirected to their website where the resource is hosted. Please be aware that CPPE does not maintain control over the accuracy and currency of this programme.


0h:25m (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:
  • discuss why there is such a concern about misuse of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance
  • list the key risks for development of antimicrobial resistance
  • identify your role in tackling antimicrobial resistance.
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The aim of this programme is to encourage pharmacy and other healthcare professionals to make antimicrobial stewardship a routine part of their practice. You will discuss how you can apply your learning in practice and use this to contribute to your continuing professional development and revalidation.


2h:20m (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:
  • apply relevant local and national guidance on antimicrobial stewardship to your own area of practice
  • engage with, and support, patients and the multidisciplinary team to optimise prescribing of antimicrobials
  • discuss how you will apply your learning to improve your practice and use this to contribute to your continuing professional development and revalidation.
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Work your way around the Antibacterial learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team understand such issues as antimicrobial resistance, appropriate antibiotic prescribing, while also supporting patients presenting with winter ailments.

You can access this learning here: Antibacterials - theLearningpharmacy.com


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • 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
  • identify and meet the professional development needs of the pharmacy team
  • explain how you would work in partnership with other healthcare professionals to support patients.
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This TARGET (Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance, Education, Tools) toolkit includes a range of resources that can each be used to support prescribers’ and patients’ responsible antibiotic use.

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This Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Hub has a primary care focus and links to a range of resources.

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This guideline covers the effective use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics) in children, young people and adults. It aims to change prescribing practice to help slow the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and ensure that antimicrobials remain an effective treatment for infection.

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Antibiotic Guardian supports the UK Antimicrobial Resistance strategy, European Antibiotic Awareness Day and World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.

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