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.

Menopause

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On this page you will find a variety of resources that will increase your understanding of the menopause and perimenopause. There is information on the symptoms people can experience and the possible treatment options and lifestyle changes that can be offered to support people and help them manage their symptoms. These resources will help you to adopt a person-centred approach when supporting people with these symptoms.


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A programme to enable pharmacy professionals to provide advice to people experiencing the menopause. Four hours of learning.


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NHS website containing a summary of the menopause, symptoms, treatment options and further signposting.


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The IMS works globally to promote and support access to healthcare for people going through their menopause transition and post reproductive years. They work to enable these people to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Various resources are available to support healthcare practitioners.

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This consists of four elfh modules covering topics including: What is the menopause, Managing the menopause, Hormone replace therapy (HRT) and Premature menopause. There are also associated self-assessments.


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The specialist authority for menopause and post reproductive health in the UK. The BMS informs and guides healthcare professionals working in both primary and secondary care on menopause and all aspects of post reproductive health. There are a wealth of resources available for healthcare practitioners on their website.

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Red Whale have a variety of menopause-related resources, including online sessions and their Pearl bite-size updates to support health care practitioners working in primary care.

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Comprises a comprehensive range of resources together with progressive theory courses and practical training components designed to reflect modern NHS practice and meet the ever-increasing requirement for quality menopause education.

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An online learning programme which provides comprehensive training in managing menopausal symptoms and the long term consequences of the changes that occur at the menopause.

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This course is aimed specifically at those providing menopause care in primary care settings. It is an interactive course spanning half a day that includes scenario-based learning, quizzes, presentations, and time for discussion and questions.


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This free online course delivers practical learning on a case-by-case basis, supported by assessments and presentations by menopause experts from a range of disciplines.

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The BMS has developed a range of resources for healthcare professionals. These include summarising the NICE guidance, providing guidance on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) prescribing and other treatment options and clarifying some of the most common myths and misconceptions of the menopause.

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The IMS have developed several professional resources to support practice, including a practitioner toolkit.

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The Balance website provides medical evidenced-based perimenopause and menopause information to help people to become better informed and better prepared for the menopause.

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This guideline covers the diagnosis and management of menopause, including in people who have premature ovarian insufficiency (POI). The guideline aims to improve the consistency of support and information provided to people in menopause. Note: this guideline is currently under review.

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This details the government’s 10-year ambitions and the actions being taken now to improve the health and wellbeing of women and girls in England.

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The taskforce will tackle issues surrounding the menopause including increasing access to treatment and ending the taboos and stigmas that still surround conversations about the menopause, including in the workplace.

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