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.



This programme will help you to support other healthcare professionals and patients to optimise outcomes from antibiotic therapy and to minimise harm, while developing your understanding of antimicrobial resistance and stewardship.

5h:30m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this programme you should be able to:
  • name the major classes of antibacterials and describe their mode of action
  • name the empirical therapy for common bacterial infections
  • list five patient factors that should be considered when dispensing antibacterial therapy
  • apply national and local antimicrobial guidelines to the management of patients
  • discuss antibacterial medicines optimisation issues with prescribers, including the choice of antimicrobial, the route of administration, the dose and duration of treatment
  • discuss the issues involved in antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections and how antimicrobial stewardship can reduce the impact of these
  • apply antimicrobial stewardship in a community setting
  • explain key messages to help educate patients regarding appropriate use of antibiotics.

The purpose of this e-learning programme is to provide you with a better understanding of how HIV infection may affect patients you encounter. It will also help you to deal with clinical and practical issues which arise in the acute setting.

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:
  • summarise how HIV replicates and affects the immune system
  • explain when antiretroviral therapy should be started and the main parameters that should be monitored
  • state the main classes and combinations of antiretroviral therapy, and their most common side-effects
  • describe prophylaxis and treatment for three opportunistic infections
  • explain when post-exposure prophylaxis is indicated and how to access it in an emergency within your workplace
  • briefly discuss the approach to the treatment of HIV infection in pregnant women
  • apply your knowledge to two or more HIV case studies: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia, confidentiality, tuberculosis, post-exposure prophylaxis.

Antibacterial resistance - a global threat to public health: the role of the pharmacy team

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The aim of this learning programme is to update your knowledge about the issues of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) so that you can contribute to reducing their impact. You will learn about the important role the pharmacy team can play in supporting healthcare professionals and patients to optimise patient outcomes in antimicrobial therapy, while minimising harm.

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 why antimicrobial resistance is considered to be one of the greatest public health risks in the UK and globally
  • apply the principles of antimicrobial stewardship to your everyday practice, through the use of one of the national toolkits
  • advise prescribers on the appropriate and inappropriate use of antibacterial therapy and optimise prescribing practice
  • support public awareness campaigns on avoiding the use of antibacterials
  • design learning materials for your team and your customers on avoiding antibacterial resistance
  • develop a protocol to support the introduction of infection control to your workplace.

This programme aims to provide you with the learning, skills and confidence so that you can make a difference for people living with tuberculosis (TB). There are ten areas of learning in this programme. Each area of learning covers a different TB-related issue where pharmacists can have a positive impact and help people with TB to improve their quality of life.

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 why TB presents a national and worldwide problem to health
  • recognise the symptoms of TB and link these to possible causes and known risk factors
  • explain treatment options for drug sensitive and drug resistant TB
  • identify side-effects and describe the impact of these on patients living with TB
  • recognise potential interactions with antituberculosis medicines and provide long-term support to patients to prevent these
  • outline the problem of TB in children and identify how you and your team can help support children and their families
  • discuss the problems of co-infection of patients with TB and HIV
  • identify the hard-to-reach groups of patients with TB, their problems and the potential support you can offer
  • describe current public health screening of TB
  • provide relevant public health lifestyle advice to patients with TB and their families.

This e-learning programme has been developed by Health Education England and is available on the e-Learning for Healthcare website. It is designed to support all health and social care staff to understand the threats caused by antimicrobial resistance.

0h:25m (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 why there is such a concern about misuse of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance
  • list the key risks for development of antimicrobial resistance
  • identify your role in tackling antimicrobial resistance.

The aim of this learning programme is to improve the pharmacy team’s knowledge of influenza and their skills in delivering an integrated, patient-centred flu vaccination service.

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 types of influenza virus
  • explain the transmission, incubation and symptoms of flu
  • discuss the prevalence and impact of flu on public health
  • identify patient groups who are at risk from the effects of flu
  • describe the types of flu vaccine available and methods of administration
  • explain the actions required to prepare a pharmacy team to deliver a flu vaccination service
  • engage confidently in consultations with patients regarding flu and flu vaccination
  • reflect upon patients’ concerns and expectations about flu and flu vaccination and apply a person-centered approach to supporting individuals.

This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Antibacterials focal point 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 Antibacterials focal points 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.

Work your way around the Antibacterial learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team understand such issues as antimicrobial resistance, appropriate antibiotic prescribing, while also supporting patients presenting with winter ailments.

You can access this learning here: Antibacterials - theLearningpharmacy.com

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • develop and run an effective health promotion campaign in your pharmacy
  • provide advice and signposting on self-care and public health
  • 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
  • identify and meet the professional development needs of the pharmacy team
  • explain how you would work in partnership with other healthcare professionals to support patients.
external resource

AMR local indicators are publically available data intended to raise awareness of antibiotic prescribing, AMR, HCAI, IPC and AMS; and to facilitate the development of local action plans.

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