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.



This e-learning programme aims to equip you with the up-to-date skills and knowledge that you need to confidently support and advise patients who use or might use contraception. It contributes to the completion of your Declaration of Competence to provide oral contraception and emergency contraception services.

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has produced guidance for healthcare professionals on contraceptive provision, including emergency contraception, after changes to Covid-19 lockdown. You can find the FSRH resources here.

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 ensure a patient-centred approach when providing contraception advice and services
  • describe the different types and methods of contraception and their use, risks and benefits
  • identify and use key current reference sources to maintain up-to-date knowledge about different forms of contraception
  • confidently deal with common issues encountered when providing effective contraception advice and services
  • use evidence-based judgement to decide when to refer a patient and identify patients who require other contraception services.

This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Contraception 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 Contraception e-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.

Work your way around the Sexual health learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support and give advice to patients about emergency hormonal contraception. The challenges will help you if you are planning to offer chlamydia screening, while also promoting safer sex.

You can access this learning here: Sexual health - theLearningpharmacy.com

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should 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 you would develop and deliver a successful pharmacy service
  • 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
  • identify and meet the professional development needs of the pharmacy team.
external resource

NICE Quality standard (QS129) Contraception

external resource

NICE Public health guidance (PH51) Contraceptive services for under 25s

external resource

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists homepage

external resource

Public Health England: Sexual and reproductive health profiles


Pharmacists around the country have been involved in a variety of contraception services. This event will help pharmacists, pre-registration trainees and pharmacy technicians to prepare themselves to run the particular service planned for their area.

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:
  • explain the different types and methods of hormonal and nonhormonal contraception, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), their use, advantages, failure rates and complications
  • take a detailed medical history that includes a minimum of blood pressure measurement, body mass index (BMI) calculation, age, smoking status, family medical history, current medical conditions and previous/current medicines history
  • assess suitability of oral contraception for clients, compared with other methods, and tailor provision of medication from a patient group direction (PGD) list of medicines, and in accordance with the needs of individual clients
  • provide information and guidance to allow a client to make an informed choice as to the most appropriate form of contraception
  • counsel and advise on regular methods of contraception, emergency contraception and safer sex
  • communicate with clients appropriately and sensitively, including respecting the process of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • support your pharmacy team in the delivery of a safe and effective service
  • know when to refer clients and when to ask for support and advice
  • apply the medico-legal aspects of medicine provision in accordance with a patient group direction, or as a non-medical prescriber
  • demonstrate knowledge of the clinical content of the relevant patient group direction(s) if applicable.
external resource

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV homepage

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