NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality 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.

Medicines reconciliation

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Health Improvement Scotland iHub – Reducing Medicines Harm Across Transitions, including medicines reconciliation care bundle resources.


This programme will support you in taking a structured approach to reconciling medicines for patients in hospital, focusing on NICE guidance recommendations.

1h:30m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • define medicines reconciliation and describe the process
  • summarise key points from NICE guidance on medicines reconciliation
  • compare your local medicines reconciliation policy against national recommendations
  • reflect on whether your current practice in reconciling medicines correlates with your local and national medicines reconciliation policy
  • list your own individual, practical responsibilities as a pharmacist, pharmacy technician or pre-registration pharmacist when reconciling medicines for your patients according to your local medicines policy.
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NICE NG5 Medicines optimisation: the safe and effective use of medicines to enable the best possible outcomes


This reflective essay is linked with the CPPE Medicines reconciliation learning programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within that programme.

Why should I do this assessment?

This reflective essay assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Medicines reconciliation learning programme. Access and gaining a pass will provide evidence that you have worked through the programme/guide, have reflected on your personal practice and applied the learning to improve your practice and patient outcomes. The essay 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 and the Declaration of Competence system if your learning is linked to provision of a pharmacy service.
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RPS appendix 5: medicines reconciliation checklist example

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