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.

Diabetes (type 1)

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This e-learning programme aims to provide you with a general overview of the condition, diabetes mellitus. It includes information regarding the classification of diabetes, signs and symptoms, and criteria for diagnosis.

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.


1h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • classify diabetes mellitus into its four distinct types according to aetiology
  • provide estimates for the increasing prevalence of the disease by geographical location
  • list the signs and symptoms of diabetes and the criteria for its diagnosis
  • state the acute and long-term complications of diabetes
  • describe the key objectives for the organisation of diabetic services.
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This e-learning programme aims to support you to effectively assist patients with type 1 diabetes in managing their blood glucose. It focuses on the different types of insulins and insulin regimens available for the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the associated risks of insulin treatment.

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 Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • outline the metabolic effects of insulin
  • describe the differences between the main types of insulin
  • discuss the various treatment regimens
  • provide practical advice to patients on injection devices.
  • critically evaluate the evidence base for tight glycaemic control as a means to preventing complications
  • promote safer use of insulin.
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This e-learning programme aims to enable you to support people with diabetes to effectively monitor control of the condition. It focuses on the blood glucose monitoring and targets for metabolic control in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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.


1h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • provide advice to patients on testing of blood glucose
  • make recommendations for glycaemic control based on the results of glycated haemoglobin testing
  • recognise the pivotal role of patient education in empowering people with diabetes to better manage their condition
  • list management targets for metabolic control to include the surveillance approaches for the early detection of diabetes complications (blood glucose, blood pressure and blood lipids).
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This e-learning programme aims to develop your understanding of the impact of diabetes in pregnancy. It includes information regarding the main risk factors of diabetes during pregnancy and appropriate medical management strategies to ensure optimal control for women with diabetes who are pregnant.

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.


1h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • list the main risks to mother and baby of diabetes in pregnancy
  • describe the key health promotion issues to minimise the risk factors during pregnancy
  • propose changes to treatment, where appropriate, for women with diabetes who are pregnant to ensure optimal control
  • provide guidance on the management of gestational diabetes.
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This e-learning programme has been developed to support you to recognise and appropriately manage a diabetic emergency. It includes information regarding the acute complications of diabetes and medical management strategies for diabetic emergencies.

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.


2h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • list the acute complications of diabetes
  • describe the symptoms associated with hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, diabetic ketoacidosis and the hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state
  • make recommendations for how each type of emergency should be managed
  • provide advice to patients on the course of action they should adopt when they are unwell.
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Diabetes in Healthcare is an introductory diabetes education tool for healthcare professionals covering Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

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This resource is a regular source of news on best practice, new treatments or care, medical alerts and the latest research findings.

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This resource provides information on travelling with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

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