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.


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Welcome to the CPPE page on dementia, which sets out to introduce you to the resources that CPPE and other websites provide around the topic of dementia. As you know, pharmacy plays an important role in working with patients, carers, health and social care teams, and other healthcare professionals to effectively manage dementia and associated medicines. On this page, you will find useful resources to better equip yourself and your team to feel confident when consulting with a patient with dementia and their carers. You can sign up to attend one of our Consulting with older people workshops, or complete our Dementia or Consulting with people with dementia e-learning programmes. You can also check out the Dementia floor on theLearningpharmacy.com, access Alzheimer’s Society resources, or refer to NICE clinical guidance and quality standards. There is a short quiz to get you started, and you can work your way through the rest of the resources in order to improve the service you provide to people with dementia.


The overall aim of this programme is to apply your knowledge and skills to help you manage and optimise care for patients living with dementia and their carers.

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • outline adjustments you and your practice team could make to improve general practice consultations for patients living with dementia and their family/carers
  • discuss the issue of anticholinergic burden in patients with dementia and be familiar with the tools used to calculate anticholinergic burden
  • consider the use of antipsychotics in dementia and your role in ensuring they are prescribed appropriately
  • signpost patients and their carers to local support services
  • become a Dementia Friends Champion and engage your practice with the initiative.

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.

This programme will help you to develop a better understanding of the role of the healthcare teams in the early identification of dementia and help you to recognise the signs and symptoms of the different types of dementia. It will improve your knowledge of the clinical and patient-centred holistic management of people with dementia and supports the delivery of care that is evidence based and up-to date.

Please note: this learning programme has been developed and provided by NHS Education for Scotland. Users should recognise that this programme will refer to Scottish policies and organisations. CPPE does not maintain control over the accuracy and currency of this programme.

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 investigations and clinical features used to diagnose dementia
  • recognise the signs and symptoms of the different types of dementia, describe their progression, and have an understanding of the common differential diagnoses
  • discuss the lifestyle changes that can improve the overall health of people with dementia
  • demonstrate an understanding of the medicines used to treat dementia and their place in therapy
  • describe the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), know the potential causes of BPSD and the management of these symptoms
  • review the risks associated with antipsychotic medicines in patients with dementia
  • anticipate and advise on treatment of commonly encountered symptoms at the end of life in dementia
  • appreciate the importance of interacting with the person in a person centred way and utilising communication techniques that recognise individual needs.
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This dementia e-learning course is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with someone with dementia and provides a general introduction to the disease and the experience of living with it. This course is designed to be accessible to a wide audience and includes a considerable amount of video footage shot by both the Alzheimer’s Society and SCIE where people with dementia and their carers share their views and feelings on camera.


This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Dementia focal point 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 Dementia focal point 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.

Work your way around the Dementia learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support patients and carers with administering medicines, transfer of care from hospital to care home setting, and medicines adherence.

You can access this learning here: Dementia - theLearningpharmacy.com

The individual floors on this resource may not have been updated for more than 12 months. The next review of this resource will take place in 2023. When working through the hotspot activities on each floor, you should make sure that you are using the most up-to-date guidance and resources available in order to support both you and your team effectively.

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
  • provide advice and signposting on self-care and public health
  • 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
  • explain how you would work in partnership with other healthcare professionals to support patients.
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This quality standard covers preventing dementia, and assessment, management and health and social care support for people with dementia. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

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An interactive e-learning resource to support the training of all health and social care staff in supporting people to live well with dementia.


‘Only together,’ highlights the low level of specialist support currently available to families affected by dementia, and how access to quality care could be improved.

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Alzheimer's Society - United Against Dementia webpage


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