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.

Health Checks

external resource

Public Health England NHS Health Check competence framework


This e-learning programme outlines the risk factors of stroke, pharmacological management of acute stroke and secondary prevention. It equips learners to provide a comprehensive service to stroke patients and to patients who may be at risk of stroke.

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:
  • define stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and describe the different types of stroke
  • recognise the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of quick and appropriate action
  • list the risk factors for the different types of stroke
  • calculate the ten-year risk of developing a stroke
  • identify the best practice measures in acute stroke care and outline the basis of secondary prevention of stroke
  • describe the range of problems that stroke survivors may face.

Vascular risk and the NHS health check programme

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The aim of this e-learning programme is to provide you with a better understanding of vascular risk and the NHS health check programme.

It looks at the health policy surrounding the NHS health check programme and how it is commissioned. This learning defines cardiovascular risk and looks at some of the different assessment tools available and how these are used to estimate an individual’s cardiovascular risk.

It looks at the importance of communication with patients about their modifiable risk factors. Information on how to perform the NHS health check has been included and how to embed clinical governance into your NHS health check service.

6h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

Learning Objectives:

On completion of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • define the term cardiovascular risk and discuss which vascular diseases are included in the NHS health check programme
  • describe how the NHS health check programme fits into current health policy, how it is commissioned and some of the practical aspects of providing a pharmacy-based service
  • assess an individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) using appropriate evidence-based tools
  • explain management options for modifiable risk factors following an NHS health check
  • manage patients identified as having low, medium or high risk
  • identify situations where referral to another practitioner is appropriate following the NHS health check
  • develop strategies for communicating with patients who are at risk of CVD.

Work your way around the type 2 diabetes learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support people to understand more about type 2 diabetes. The challenges look at what pre-diabetes is, provide advice on possible complications and associated risk factors of type 2 diabetes, while assisting you to carry out pharmacy services such as the new medicine service.

You can access this learning here: Diabetes Type 2 - 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
  • describe how to advise appropriately a patient requesting an OTC medicine
  • explain how to deal effectively with patient queries about long term conditions or medicines
  • become more confident in dealing with therapeutic challenges and prescription interventions.

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