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.

Consultation skills (advanced)

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Welcome to the consultation skills advanced page/topic. This page/topic aims to build upon the core knowledge, skills and behaviours covered in the consultation skills core page. The role of the pharmacy profession is growing and evolving, and with the introduction of more pharmacists working in general practice, enhancing communication and consultation skills has become even more important. This page offers you the opportunity to advance your practice by looking at how you can carry out consultations with specific patient groups. The aim is to equip with you with the necessary skills to be able to make a difference with every type of consultation, and help to increase patients’ health and wellbeing. Have you ever thought about how you can change your consultation style to support patients who are living with dementia, or other mental health issues? How having a carer or family member involved can change the dynamics of the consultation, and how you would manage this three-way consultation? On this page you will find lots of information to support you to advance your current practice. To start you might want to look back over the CSfPP practice standards and reflect on where you are now, and any areas you want to develop further. Once you have done that take a look at the advanced learning section and work through some of the activities.

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This learning will support you to adopt a person-centred approach to involving people with dementia in consultations and decisions about their treatment and health.


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:
  • discuss the importance and benefits of involving people with dementia in consultations and decisions about their treatment and health
  • describe the skills and techniques needed to engage and communicate effectively with people with dementia
  • identify some key national practice standards most applicable to pharmacy consultations with people with dementia
  • recognise and address the challenges of a three-way consultation
  • apply the knowledge, behaviours and person-centred skills needed to maximise the effectiveness of your consultations with people with dementia.
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Consulting with people with mental health problems

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In this programme you will consider what is different about consulting with people with mental health problems. You will also recognise the impact of stigma and discrimination experienced by those with mental health problems and how to adapt your consultation style to address their needs and concerns.


3h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

After completing this e-learning programme, you should be able to:
  • describe the mental health treatment gap and the importance of parity of esteem (valuing mental health equally with physical health)
  • recognise the impact of stigma and discrimination experienced by those with mental health problems
  • select the key national practice standards most applicable to pharmacy consultations with people with mental health problems
  • reflect on your consultations with people experiencing mental health problems
  • maximise the effectiveness of your consultations in this field by applying person-centred skills and behaviours
  • identify possible risks in your consultations with people with mental health problems.
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Involving children in the discussion about their care can improve outcomes and promote ownership of health. This e-learning programme focuses on the key skills and behaviours you can adopt to make sure you communicate effectively with children and young people and manage the triadic consultation effectively.


2h:30m (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 benefits of involving children and young people in the consultation
  • recognise and address the challenges of the triadic consultation
  • describe the skills and techniques needed to engage children and young people successfully in the consultation
  • apply the skills, knowledge and behaviours to demonstrate a patient-centred approach when consulting with children and young people
  • complete a self-reflection checklist to support you in developing your practice.
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In this programme, we consider the key skills and behaviours you can adopt to ensure a patient-centred approach when consulting with people with physical disabilities. We focus on sight loss, hearing loss and mobility problems, and look at ways you can prepare for and conduct a successful consultation.


2h:30m (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 benefits of developing and adapting the consultation to meet the needs of people with physical disabilities (sight loss, hearing loss and mobility/dexterity problems)
  • recognise and address the different challenges a person with a disability may face in order to adapt the consultation to meet the needs of a person with a physical disability
  • demonstrate partnership, working to engage and involve people with physical disabilities in the consultation
  • apply skills, knowledge and behaviours to demonstrate a patient-centred approach when consulting with people with physical disabilities.
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This is a downloadable programme that enables you to describe the key communication and consultation skills and techniques required for person-centred care. You will learn how to explore a person’s beliefs, ideas, concerns and expectations and tailor the consultation to help them get the best from their medicines and to make informed health and lifestyle choices. The programme also develops your skills in engaging the person in shared decision making and enabling them to be a true partner in the consultation.


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:
  • explain the concept of patient-centred care
  • describe the key communication and consultation skills and techniques required to conduct patient-centred care
  • apply methods to assess your own practice and identify areas of improvement
  • support patients, by using a patient-centred approach, to help them get the best from their medicines and/or in making healthy lifestyle choices
  • further develop your practice by exploring tools and techniques, such as health coaching.
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In this video-based e-learning programme, we consider the key skills you can use to take an effective clinical history. The program uses the Calgary-Cambridge guide to take you through the clinical history-taking process and introduces you to tools and resources to help you demonstrate a patient-centred approach to the consultation.


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:
  • describe the clinical history-taking process
  • explain the structure of the clinical history consultation
  • apply key tools and techniques to the clinical history-taking consultation
  • identify how to apply a patient-centred approach to taking a clinical history in practice through video observation
  • develop a questioning sheet to use in practice.
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This distance learning programme will enable you to support people with a learning disability and their families to manage behaviours that challenge, in line with National Institute of Health and Care Excellence guidance. It will also empower you to adopt a holistic approach to medicines optimisation to help people with a learning disability to be involved in the consultation when they can and to make the most of their medicines.


8h: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:
  • categorise a range of learning disabilities and the differences in capability that can occur in each of these
  • describe key policy drivers that support change in the management of people with a learning disability
  • explain consent to a person with a learning disability and recognise when to involve family members, carers and support workers in the consultation
  • demonstrate patient-centred consultation skills and behaviours to meet the needs of people with a learning disability
  • promote physical health and wellbeing and support patients to manage their concurrent physical health conditions
  • identify people with a learning disability and concurrent mental health disorder and provide them with advice and support
  • support people with a learning disability and their families to manage behaviour that challenges, in line with National Institute of Health and Care Excellence guidance
  • explain the importance of a holistic approach to medicines optimisation as a strategy to help people with a learning disability make the most of their medicines.
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The Emma and Georgina animation highlights the importance of effective consultation skills and how applying a person-centred approach can make a difference when supporting someone with mental health problems.

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This course is delivered by future learn and provides healthcare professionals with the tools to conduct consultations and obtain basic observations remotely and safely, including basic triage.

Participants will learn how to conduct history taking virtually and take essential observations in a remote setting. They will also consider safe patient management and how to triage patients via remote consultations.

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This e-assessment is linked with the practice standards for consultation skills and the CPPE consultation skills learning programmes.


Why should I do this assessment?

Completing this assessment will help you to check your progress and your ability to meet the competencies set out in the practice standards for consultation skills. Passing the assessment will provide assurance to you, your colleagues, other healthcare professionals and patients that you are able to recognise good practice, as well as practice that needs development.

Access and successful completion of this assessment 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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