NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality 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.

Atrial fibrillation and arrhythmias


This programme aims to help you develop the therapeutic knowledge you need to support the clinical management of patients with cardiac arrhythmias. It provides you with an overview of the most common cardiac arrhythmias, and how they are identified and diagnosed in practice.

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 different types of cardiac arrhythmias and their clinical presentation
  • explain how cardiac arrhythmias are diagnosed
  • discuss the impact that living with an arrhythmia may have on the patient, their families and carers
  • appraise the management of atrial fibrillation by reviewing the evidence base and patient perspective
  • assess the contribution of pharmacy professionals to the care of people with arrhythmias and formulate a personal plan to enhance the contribution you make in practice.

This programme is currently being updated by NICPLD – the revised version is expected to be available early in 2022. If you wish to use the programme in the meantime, please ensure that you also refer to NICE guideline NG196 Atrial fibrillation: diagnosis and management.

Anticoagulants are one of the classes of medicines most frequently identified as having a greater potential to cause serious patient harm if prescribed, dispensed or administered incorrectly. This e-learning programme is designed to equip learners with the knowledge to deliver a safe and supportive service to patients prescribed anticoagulants including the newer oral anticoagulants.

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD). Users should recognise that this programme will refer to Northern Ireland's policies and organisations. 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.

6h: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:
  • state the indications for anticoagulant therapy
  • describe the mode of action of the oral and parenteral anticoagulants that are currently available
  • advise on the importance of regular INR monitoring for coumarin anticoagulants
  • identify and resolve common medicines management issues for anticoagulated patients
  • follow best practice guidance to improve safe use of anticoagulants
  • promote safe use of anticoagulants for pregnant women
  • provide appropriate information to patients and their carers to help them manage their therapy more effectively.

Anticoagulation: what a good consultation looks like

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In this e-learning programme we consider what a good consultation looks like when discussing anticoagulant medicines with patients. The programme supports you in developing the therapeutic knowledge you need when optimising anticoagulant medicines. It also demonstrates how you can apply this to ensure you are demonstrating a patient-centred approach.

3h: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:
  • explain why it is important to consult with patients about their anticoagulant medicines
  • apply the key therapeutic knowledge specific to anticoagulant medicines to the consultation
  • describe the advantages and disadvantages of anticoagulant medicines and determine the differences between them
  • identify patient-centred behaviours in the anticoagulant consultation
  • demonstrate a patient-centred approach to consultations on anticoagulants.
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We have a portfolio of clinical fact sheets which includes topics such as pneumonia, UTIs and healthcare associated infections. Each fact sheet should refresh your knowledge of that particular condition and provide you with links to appropriate further resources.


This e-assessment tests your knowledge and understanding in relation to anticoagulation.

Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment will test your understanding of anticoagulation, including non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs). 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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Calculate the stroke risk for patients with atrial fibrillation using the CHADSVASC app (apple users only)

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