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.

Heart failure

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This e-learning programme provides a holistic overview of the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of heart failure, including a presentation about considerations for end of life care. This programme will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to provide a comprehensive medicines management service to patients with this condition.

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.


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:
  • identify the risk factors for developing chronic heart failure
  • classify heart failure according to disease severity
  • recognise the symptoms of disease progression
  • describe best practice guidance in relation to both the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of the condition
  • provide advice to patients with heart failure on lifestyle changes that may alleviate symptoms
  • list the palliative care needs of patients with end-stage heart failure
  • identify your role in the management of this patient group.
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This guideline covers diagnosing and managing chronic heart failure in people aged 18 and over. It aims to improve early diagnosis and treatment to improve the length and quality of life for people with heart failure.

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Heart failure matters: Practical information for patients, families and caregivers.

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Chronic heart failure- everything NICE says in an interactive flowchart.

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British Heart Foundation - Heart Failure webpage.

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The aim of the document is to provide practical, evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Heart Failure.

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