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.

Emergency hormonal contraception

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The aim of this programme is to enable pharmacy professionals to acquire the knowledge, develop the skills and demonstrate the behaviours needed to provide high-quality emergency contraception services as part of their pharmacy practice. It is an opportunity to hear from an expert in contraception and sexual health, to reflect on your current practice and share with your colleagues.


2h:15m (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 aims of an emergency contraceptive service and its place in contraception and sexual health services
  • describe the principles of confidentiality and appropriate safeguarding work to emergency contraception consultations
  • use the patient group direction appropriately to ensure that medico-legal aspects are balanced with the woman’s safety and preferences
  • apply current clinical guidance to emergency contraception consultations to provide safe and effective care
  • demonstrate a person-centred approach to the discussion being sensitive to the needs and preferences of the woman
  • explain how and when you would refer or signpost a woman to a further service and how you would access further support and advice from local sexual health services if needed.
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This programme will help pharmacy teams to identify who may need advice and support, how they can give that support and what is the best course of action. It includes information on emergency hormonal contraception, the copper-bearing and the intrauterine device.

It has been developed to support pharmacists to set up an emergency contraception (EC) service as an enhanced community service.

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.


3h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning progamme you should be able to:
  • describe the development of EC supply in community pharmacy
  • explain the options available for EC
  • conduct a high-quality EC consultation, resulting in supply or signposting
  • include messages in your consultation about the coil, condoms, contraception and chlamydia.
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The aim of this learning resource is to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to deal professionally with any safeguarding issues that may arise in the course of your practice.

Completion of the programme and the associated Level 2 assessment will fulfil the safeguarding requirements at Level 2 for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians as required for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme and by the intercollegiate document Safeguarding children and young people.

Completion of the programme and the associated Level 1 assessment will allow pharmacy support staff to prove their competence at Level 1 as required by the intercollegiate document Safeguarding children and young people.


3h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programmme you should be able to:
  • explain your role in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and be aware of your legal, ethical and professional responsibilities
  • describe the different types of abuse that children and vulnerable adults may be subjected to and know how to recognise the potential signs of abuse
  • know who to contact for advice if you have concerns about the safety of a child or vulnerable adult
  • take appropriate action if you suspect a case of abuse or neglect, including appropriately reporting and recording your concerns and sharing of information
  • be able to identify and refer on an individual suspected of being a victim of trafficking, child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation or at risk of radicalisation.
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Supported by Health Education England (HEE), in association with the Department of Health and NHS England, this short video presents a series of scenarios involving a young person potentially at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and uses the voice of a real-life victim who talks about her experiences at the hands of a CSE gang.

The video provides practical advice on what to do if you suspect a patient or person in your care is at risk and makes it clear that there is a responsibility to report any activity that you think is suspicious.


0h:15m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

After watching this video you should be able to:
  • describe what CSE is, who is at risk and the impact it can have on young people's lives
  • recognise the indicators of CSE in various healthcare settings
  • understand your professional responsibility to take action to protect and support any young person you suspect may be at risk of CSE.
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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.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Emergency contraception 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 Emergency 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.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults – a guide for the pharmacy team 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 Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults – a guide for the pharmacy team programme. Successful completion will be recorded in your My CPPE record and will enable you to complete a CPD entry on the learning. It will also provide evidence of your learning at Level 2 of the Intercollegiate Documents: Safeguarding Children and Young People – Roles and Competences for Healthcare Staff (Fourth edition -2019) and Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff (2018). 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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external resource

FSRH CEU clinical guidance: emergency contraception, March 2017

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external resource

NHS Choices emergency contraception (morning after pill, IUD)

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