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.

Gastrointestinal

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This learning programme provides you with information regarding the pathophysiology, common symptoms and potential complications of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The programme highlights potential treatment options to induce and maintain remission, including references to relevant NICE guidelines. This learning programme has been designed to enable healthcare professionals to provide effective care for patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.

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.


3h: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:
  • list the differences between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • identify the symptoms of each condition
  • describe the medical management of inflammatory bowel disease
  • evaluate disease severity
  • recommend appropriate management protocols depending on disease severity
  • discuss the prognosis of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
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This programme gives an overview of common disorders which manifest as alterations in normal bowel functioning, helping learners to improve signposting for their patients who present with such symptoms.

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 Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should now be able to:
  • describe the pathophysiology of bowel incontinence, intractable constipation, volvulus and irritable bowel syndrome
  • identify the signs and symptoms of each of these conditions
  • make recommendations for the medical management of each condition
  • critically evaluate the efficacy of interventions and medical management of functional bowel disorders.
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This programme examines the symptoms and causes presenting as dyspepsia. It emphasises a cost-effective and evidence-based approach to the treatment of dyspepsia using both prescription only and non-prescription medication to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

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.


8h: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:
  • define dyspepsia and its variants
  • describe the symptoms associated with dyspepsia
  • develop a structured approach to managing dyspepsia in primary care
  • specify the alarm features that would prompt you to refer the patient for further investigation
  • assess patients taking NSAIDs for their risk of upper GI toxicity and requirement for GI protection
  • discuss methods available to diagnose dyspepsia and test for Helicobacter pylori.
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This programme will help to update your knowledge and skills on the common clinical conditions and minor ailments that present themselves in community pharmacy. It contains practical tips and advice on how to identify, recognise and manage minor ailments.

Please note: this e-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.


8h: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:
  • identify the common minor ailments that present themselves in community pharmacy
  • recognise, manage and advise on the signs and symptoms of minor ailments
  • identify danger signs and symptoms, know how to manage these and when to refer patients
  • offer advice, support and evidence-based over-the-counter treatment to patients with minor ailments
  • know where to find relevant information and resources on minor ailments.
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This programme is designed to help healthcare professionals to provide effective care for patients with stoma by providing information about the formation of ostomies and the common problems experienced with stoma formation. It also covers stoma management, including drug-related issues and stoma care appliances. Learners will consider the adjustments and lifestyle changes that patients need to make and work through a troubleshooting guide to highlight the common problems stoma patients face.

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.


6h: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:
  • explain the role of stoma formation in the management of lower gastro-intestinal disease
  • describe the surgical procedures involved to form the different types of stoma
  • detail the various types of appliances and accessories available to patients with stomas
  • recognise the problems associated with stoma formation
  • provide practical advice to enable people with stomas to have minimal disruption to their day-to-day lives.
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This programme aims to provide the learner with an understanding of what diverticular disease is, how it is diagnosed and what a diagnosis of diverticular disease means for the patient. This learning also includes information regarding pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of diverticular disease.

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 Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • describe the pathophysiology of diverticular disease
  • recognise similar conditions to exclude
  • explain how a diagnosis is made
  • list the complications associated with this condition
  • discuss the available treatment options
  • provide advice on lifestyle and dietary changes that may prevent symptomatic disease from developing.
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This programme provides an overview of colorectal carcinoma. Working through the programme will help healthcare professionals gain the knowledge required to recognise the signs and symptoms of potential carcinoma and to provide appropriate advice and efficient signposting. The programme also discusses potential treatments and the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to the care of patients diagnosed with colorectal carcinoma.

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 Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • report the incidence of, and mortality and survival rates associated with, colorectal cancer
  • describe the pathology of the condition
  • list the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors
  • recognise the signs and symptoms
  • outline the main diagnostic investigations used and know when screening is appropriate
  • describe the method of staging tumours
  • discuss the various treatment regimens
  • recognise the role of the multi-disciplinary team in the management of colorectal cancer.
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This e-assessment is not linked with a particular CPPE minor ailments learning programme.


Why should I do this assessment?

Access and successful completion of this assessment 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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Work your way around the Coeliac disease learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support people regarding gluten-free prescribing and taking nutritional supplements. The challenges also highlight the tools required to recognise symptoms of coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis.

You can access this learning here: Coeliac disease - 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
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • explain how to deal effectively with patient queries about long term conditions or medicines
  • 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
  • identify and meet the professional development needs of the pharmacy team.
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external resource

British Society of Gastroenterology Clinical Guidelines

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