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 2)

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The aim of this programme is to enable you to better support people with type 2 diabetes by applying the principles of the NICE guidance (NG28) into your practice. The workshop provides an opportunity to discuss with colleagues how these changes can positively support patient care; update your knowledge of the management of type 2 diabetes in line with new NICE guidance, help you and your patients to better manage this condition, including reducing complications and improving outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes.


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


Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning progrmame you should be able to:
  • identify type 2 diabetes management options for people with cardiovascular comorbidities
  • explain the principles of managing type 2 diabetes and rationale for different treatment options in a person-centred way
  • discuss concerns about complications arising from type 2 diabetes, in particular, the side effects of medicines
  • discuss how you can use sick day guidance to support and advise people with type 2 diabetes when they are generally unwell
  • apply the NICE guideline Type 2 diabetes in adults: management (NG28) to support medicines optimisation for people with type 2 diabetes including sodium-glucose transport protein 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i)
  • apply the principles of shared decision making in consultations with people with type 2 diabetes to make joint decisions about their treatment options.
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This factsheet will refresh your knowledge of type 2 diabetes and provide you with links to appropriate further resources. As with all of our materials, these factsheets have been reviewed by topic experts.

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Learn what the monitoring requirements, and targets associated with HbA1c and cholesterol results, are for people with type 2 diabetes, interpret those results accurately, and develop strategies to support patients in achieving their targets.


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

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This guideline covers the care and management of type 2 diabetes in adults (aged 18 and over).

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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 identify the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors associated with developing diabetes. It includes information about healthy lifestyle interventions as a means of preventing type 2 diabetes and how you can support patients with diabetes or at risk of developing 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:
  • identify the main modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for developing diabetes
  • state the evidence base that supports healthy lifestyle interventions as a means of preventing type 2 diabetes
  • outline the healthy lifestyle choices for people with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes.
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This e-learning programme aims to support you to effectively assist patients with type 2 diabetes in managing their blood glucose. It focuses on the pharmacological management of 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.


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:
  • discuss the medicines used in the management of type 2 diabetes
  • describe the role of insulin in the management of type 2 diabetes
  • critically evaluate the evidence base for intensive treatment of type 2 diabetes as a means to minimising the incidence of long-term complications.
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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 support you to enhance the contribution you can make to the care of people with diabetes in the prevention and management of long-term complications. It focuses on the microvascular and macrovascular complications that can occur in patients with diabetes and the steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of developing these complications.

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:
  • describe the microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes
  • list the risk factors for developing microvascular and macrovascular complications
  • describe how the management of risk factors can reduce the likelihood of diabetic patients developing these complications
  • outline current guidelines for the treatment of hypertension and dyslipidaemia in patients with 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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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-assessment is linked with the CPPE Type 2 diabetes: supporting people better focal point programme and assesses you on the learning outcomes within that programme.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Type 2 diabetes: supporting people betterM focal point. 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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The NHS website (formerly known as NHS Choices) contains key information for the public relating to symptoms, diagnosis, medicines and lifestyle measures relating to type 2 diabetes.

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Guidance for commissioners and community pharmacies delivering NHS services

This document describes the consistent standards and safe environment for the use of point of care testing equipment and devices for diagnosis, monitoring and screening in community pharmacy, to guide both commissioners of NHS services and community pharmacies.

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This resource provides links covering the primary care management of adults with type 2 diabetes and the primary care management of children and young people with type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes UK are the leading UK charity for people affected by diabetes

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