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.

Ischaemic heart disease

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The aim of this resource is to help pharmacy professionals acquire the knowledge, develop the skills, and demonstrate the attitudes necessary to offer the NHS Health Check service.

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10h: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:
  • understand the aims of the NHS Health Check service and how this fits into current health policy
  • define the term cardiovascular risk and recognise which vascular diseases are included in the NHS Health Check programme
  • describe how health inequalities affect vascular risk
  • know the eligibility criteria for the NHS Health Check
  • describe all the tests and measurements that need to be performed during the NHS Health Check
  • assess an individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease using appropriate evidence-based tools
  • communicate cardiovascular risk and give advice to an individual in terms they will understand
  • explain management options for modifiable risk factors, following an NHS Health Check, to help reduce the risk, delay and sometimes reverse the onset of vascular disease
  • manage patients identified as having low, medium and high cardiovascular risk
  • identify situations when it is necessary to refer patients to the GP or other services
  • complete the necessary paperwork.
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This resource will help you work towards the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) certification by acquiring the knowledge, developing the skills and demonstrating the behaviours necessary to provide effective support for smoking cessation. You can view the web resources and relevant links required for this programme.


3h:30m (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 harmful effects of smoking and the health benefits of stopping
  • compare local and national smoking prevalence and patterns of smoking cessation across different demographics
  • discuss the principles and effectiveness of behavioural support and pharmacological therapies to support smoking cessation
  • assess a client’s commitment, readiness and ability to stop smoking and, where appropriate, assist a client to set a quit date
  • apply evidence-based behavioural change techniques to tailor individual support for clients at different stages of a quit attempt
  • apply appropriate behavioural support strategies to motivate a client to continue with a quit attempt
  • demonstrate an effective approach to dealing with lapses
  • improve the quality of stop smoking support provided, by offering constructive feedback to pharmacy team members
  • construct an effective response to clients’ questions about stopping smoking and the various treatment options.
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This e-learning programme provides an overview of the management of stable angina. It will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to offer a comprehensive medicines management service to people 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:
  • describe the factors involved in the diagnosis of stable angina
  • identify the risk factors associated with increased mortality in patients with stable angina
  • adopt an evidence-based approach to the management of stable angina
  • make recommendations for second-line treatment if first-line therapy is unsuitable or cannot be tolerated
  • understand the role of novel medication for patients with stable angina.
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The focus of this learning programme is to consider options for second-line angina treatment and how primary care teams can contribute to delivering a positive patient experience for people with angina.


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:
  • discuss the evidence base underpinning second-line medicines for stable angina
  • assess which second-line medicine is most appropriate for an individual
  • outline the key points for medicines optimisation in stable angina
  • be aware of resources, including those for patients, to support medicines optimisation in this clinical area
  • develop an action plan to improve medicines optimisation and reduce hospital admissions.
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The overall aim of this learning programme is to provide and signpost you to key learning to increase your confidence in providing effective NMS consultations for patients newly prescribed an antihypertensive medicine.


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:
  • discuss the key issues in the drug management of hypertension
  • find key resources to help you plan and complete NMS consultations for patients taking antihypertensives
  • list the key counselling points for patients taking antihypertensives as a new medicine
  • provide advice for patients presenting with questions and concerns at an NMS consultation.
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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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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.
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Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity

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This e-learning programme will help improve your knowledge about the prevalence of overweight and obesity, the structure of weight management services in England and the structure and requirements of a tier two commissioned lifestyle weight management service.

It provides you with practical advice on how you can support patients on their own weight loss journey, including how to initiate the difficult discussion around weight management.


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:
  • outline the epidemiology of obesity
  • use appropriate equipment and techniques to measure and categorise a person's degree of overweight or obesity
  • describe the determinants and health risks of being overweight or obese and the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight
  • assess a person's readiness to lose weight and willingness to modify behaviour to achieve and maintain an appropriate target weight
  • describe a range of motivational and behavioural techniques to support weight management
  • discuss the role of diet, physical activity, medicines and surgery in the management of weight and provide practical healthy lifestyle advice
  • select the most appropriate intervention or referral pathway to other primary/secondary care specialist services where necessary, in line with local and national weight management strategies
  • describe and implement a community pharmacy weight management service.
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We’ve developed an online learning environment to promote and support work-based teaching and learning opportunities for the whole community pharmacy team. The learning platform is easily accessed at:theLearningpharmacy.com and has been developed for everyone in the community pharmacy. When you visit the site you can choose from a selection of topics or ‘pharmacy floors’ where you can select and work through practice-based, bite-sized learning challenges. Each challenge provides 10-15 minutes of quality learning and they’ve been developed to be fun and interactive.

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This e-assessment is linked with the practice standards for consultation skills and the CPPE consultation skills learning programmes.


Why should I do this assessment?

Completing this assessment will help you to check your progress and your ability to meet the competencies set out in the practice standards for consultation skills. Passing the assessment will provide assurance to you, your colleagues, other healthcare professionals and patients that you are able to recognise good practice, as well as practice that needs development.

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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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity 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 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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NICE CG127 Hypertension in adults: diagnosis and management

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NICE CG172 Myocardial infarction: cardiac rehabilitation and prevention of further cardiovascular disease

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NICE CG181 Cardiovascular disease: risk assessment and reduction, including lipid modification

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