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.

COVID-19

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Find copies of letters sent to community pharmacy and other primary care professions and all other relevant guidance from NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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Health Education England has developed an e-learning resource in response to the coronavirus global pandemic aimed at the entire UK health and care workforce. Includes resources for pharmacy staff.

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This e-learning programme provides key information about repeat dispensing, practical implications of implementing the service and how to use electronic repeat dispensing. It is an interactive programme including videos, quizzes and reflective exercises.


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 what the NHS repeat dispensing service is and the rules and regulations governing the service
  • explain how to provide a safe and efficient repeat dispensing service
  • list nine key requirements of repeat dispensing
  • explain repeat dispensing and its benefits to patients and assess whether the service is suitable for them
  • compare and contrast paper-based and electronic repeat dispensing
  • list the benefits and challenges associated with repeat dispensing from a prescriber, practice staff, pharmacy team and patient perspective.
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This e-learning programme is for all pharmacy professionals undertaking virtual consultations. It has been developed to support you in applying your existing consultation skills when undertaking consultations via video and over the phone.


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:
  • explain the similarities and differences between remote and face-to-face consultations
  • identify when it is suitable to undertake a remote consultation and when a face-to-face consultation should be offered
  • describe the steps you can take to prepare for a remote consultation
  • discuss the way that the CONSULT model can be used to support the planning and undertaking of a remote consultation
  • identify actions that you can take throughout a remote consultation, in order to build rapport and manage challenges
  • relate your learning to existing consultation skills, in order to successfully undertake remote consultations.
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An e-Learning for Healthcare resource for healthcare staff, exercise professionals and carers working with people recovering from COVID-19.

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Guidance, training resources and documents supporting the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

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Latest developments from the NHS and pharmacy bodies, as well as the implications for pharmacists and UK medicines supply.

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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Repeat dispensing e-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 Repeat dispensing 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.
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Guidelines, rapid evidence summaries and other resources supporting the health and social care system to respond to the pandemic.

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Guidance and advice on treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic from a variety of professional bodies.

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This e-learning module from RCGP Learning introduces the impact of post-COVID-19 syndrome on patients and looks at how to manage their symptoms and expectations in primary care. It also considers the key recommendations from NICE/SIGN/RCGP guidance.

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Requests for support for individuals or organisations can be made by any health professional and from local authorities. This guidance explains how the programme works and how to refer patients for support.

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Download resources to support the campaign to inform the general public about how to protect themselves and others from coronavirus/COVID-19.

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NHS England and NHS Improvements’ bulletin provides resources on health policy and practice for GPs and the primary care audience.

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An interactive document from NHS England and Improvement that provides a range of ideas and options for different professionals, including clinicians.

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Letter sent to general practices, community pharmacies and chief pharmacists December 2021 from NHS England and NHS Improvement about the deployment of neutralising monoclonal antibodies (nMABs) or antiviral treatments for highest risk non-hospitalised patients with Covid-19. Information includes which patients are eligible, how and where treatment is accessed, how pharmacies should respond to queries and a link to patient information about these treatments.

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Guidance for primary care, secondary care and community health, social care and ambulance services.

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Policy outlining commissioning criteria for the recommended use of antivirals and neutralising monoclonal antibodies (nMABs) as a treatment option for non-hospitalised patients with COVID-19.

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Information on neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mMAB) and antivirals available for treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Useful information for pharmacy contractors.

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Resources available to PCPA members & non-members, all pharmacy professionals, regardless of role and sector.

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