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.

Cancer

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This resource will support you in acquiring the knowledge, developing the skills and demonstrating the attitudes necessary to offer services which promote increased cancer awareness and increased referral to screening services where available, as part of your pharmacy practice. The learning promotes referral to local NHS screening programmes, as well as other pathways to primary and secondary care specialists.

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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:
  • describe how to identify and engage people who may benefit from a public health campaign which helps to reduce the risk of cancer
  • understand where to locate useful resources to support a cancer awareness campaign
  • explain the benefits of earlier detection of cancers
  • describe the common symptoms of seven key cancer types
  • explain the follow-up and referral procedures to local primary and/or secondary care specialists and/or national NHS screening programmes, where available
  • signpost patients to resources and organisations designed to support early detection, diagnosis and examination of key cancer types
  • understand the information governance and consent issues associated with this sensitive area of practice.
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This programme focuses on how you and your pharmacy team can raise awareness of cancer and help to identify people at risk of developing cancer – with an overview of the most common cancers in the UK.


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:
  • support and empower patients and carers living with and surviving cancer
  • explain your role in early detection, prevention, screening and risk reduction of cancer and signpost patients to appropriate resources
  • provide holistic management for cancer patients and carers, while ensuring a shared care decision-making approach
  • demonstrate a person-centred approach when discussing the patient’s illness and choice of therapy
  • describe the most common cancers in the UK and in your locality
  • consider how you would share your knowledge with the rest of the pharmacy team
  • reflect on your role in the management of patients and carers with cancer, with particular reference to appropriate therapy and side-effects.
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This programme provides an overview of colorectal carcinoma. Working through the programme will help healthcare professionals gain the knowledge required to recognise the signs and symptoms of potential carcinoma and to provide appropriate advice and efficient signposting. The programme also discusses potential treatments and the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to the care of patients diagnosed with colorectal carcinoma.

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.


4h: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:
  • report the incidence of, and mortality and survival rates associated with, colorectal cancer
  • describe the pathology of the condition
  • list the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors
  • recognise the signs and symptoms
  • outline the main diagnostic investigations used and know when screening is appropriate
  • describe the method of staging tumours
  • discuss the various treatment regimens
  • recognise the role of the multi-disciplinary team in the management of colorectal cancer.
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This e-learning, available from the British Oncology Pharmacy Association aims to maximise the role of community pharmacists and pharmacy staff in raising public awareness of different types of cancer, thereby increasing the early detection or prevention of cancer throughout the UK. At present there are three modules available covering bowel, lung and skin cancers, with further modules in development (from different cancer networks). Each module takes 35-45 minutes to complete and covers factors which may increase the risk of cancer, advice to reduce the risk, signs and symptoms and how to engage patients in conversation about cancer.

Initial registration with the site is required.

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the British Oncology Pharmacy Association. CPPE is grateful to our colleagues for allowing access to this programme.


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this programme you should be able to:
  • identify factors which will increase the risk of cancer
  • know what advice you can give to patients to reduce the risk of developing cancer
  • identify signs and symptoms of cancer
  • understand how to engage your patients in conversation about cancer.
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We've written this learning programme to help you understand the health issues which are specific to men, or more likely to occur in men; and to help you improve the services that you offer to men to engage them in the health care system.


8h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this programme you should be able to:
  • list the most common male specific health complaints
  • understand why men's health differs from women's
  • appreciate why services need to be aimed in a different way to attract men into the services
  • analyse your own services and identify areas for improvement
  • develop a plan for own practice to improve accessibility for men
  • evaluate service change to measure impact and user experience.
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The aim of this programme is to give you an overview of some of the main health issues facing women today and to give you an opportunity to explore how you can help them as a pharmacy professional.


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 basic anatomy and physiology of the female sex organs
  • describe the main hormonal changes that occur throughout a woman's menstrual cycle
  • define what the phrase 'well woman' means to you and your customers
  • list three lifestyle factors that can contribute to the well woman
  • identify five key health issues for women of any age
  • identify communication techniques that will help you to discuss health issues with your female customers
  • describe how you can support women’s health in your professional setting
  • outline four quality indicators that you could use to measure the service you offer to women in your professional setting.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Cancer distance learning programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within that programme.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Cancer 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.
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e-Learning for Healthcare programmes on End of Life Care to enhance training and education of health and social care workforce

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Work your way around the Cancer learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support the promotion of cancer screening programmes. The challenges will help you to give advice on healthy lifestyle choices to help reduce the risk of cancer, and signpost the public to local or national cancer support organisations.

You can access this learning here: Cancer - 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 you would develop and deliver a successful pharmacy service
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • describe how to advise appropriately a patient requesting an OTC medicine
  • explain how you would work in partnership with other healthcare professionals to support patients.
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Cancer Research UK - Clinical decision support tools

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A selection of cancer tools to download for all healthcare professionals.

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NHS England Cancer information

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NICE Cancer guidance and topics

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