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.


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Opioids are prescribed very widely, mainly for managing pain. This module identifies the most important hazards of opioids and informs on actions that health professionals can take in order to anticipate, minimise and manage the risks.

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NICE Clinical guideline Rheumatoid arthritis in adults: management


Work your way around the NSAIDs learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support and give advice to people wanting to purchase over-the-counter NSAIDs. The challenges will also help you support people suffering with adverse effects to NSAIDs, and people with long-term conditions, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

You can access this learning here: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - theLearningpharmacy.com

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • provide advice and signposting on self-care and public health
  • explain how to deal effectively with patient queries about long term conditions or medicines
  • explain how you would develop and deliver a successful pharmacy service
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • describe how to advise appropriately a patient requesting an OTC medicine
  • explain how you would work in partnership with other healthcare professionals to support patients
  • identify and meet the professional development needs of the pharmacy team.
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    This short questionnaire that allows people with musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis or back pain) to report their symptoms and quality of life in a standardised way.

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    The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) is the umbrella body for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK, and our mission is to transform the quality of life of people with musculoskeletal conditions


    The overall aim of this learning programme is to enable health care professionals working in general practice to support people with inflammatory arthritis to live well with their condition by establishing safe systems of prescribing, monitoring and optimising medicines.

    If you want to receive hard copies of these materials for you and your colleagues please access them through the Learning communities section of our website.

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    Learning Objectives:

    On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
    • recognise the signs and symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and discuss the management of pain and acute flares
    • demonstrate a person-centred approach to support people with inflammatory arthritis to live well with their condition and engage in shared decision-making about their medicines
    • describe the shared care arrangements for people with inflammatory arthritis taking disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in your practice locality
    • apply evidence-based practice for safe prescribing and monitoring for patients taking DMARDs
    • undertake person-centred rheumatoid arthritis annual reviews in primary care.

    In this assessment you will look at two cases. In the first case you will meet Mervyn Kennedy, a gentleman who was diagnosed with COPD eight years ago. In the second case you will meet Harold Washington, a man with type 2 diabetes.

    Before you begin, please download the assessment guidance document here .

    Why should I do this assessment?

    The e-assessment for this course is formative. In other words, its aim is to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and decide where you need to improve your learning. It will also encourage you to build on your learning in the e-course and continue to develop your approach to person-centred practice. The assessment is an integral part of your learning and although it is not mandatory we would encourage you to access it.

    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.

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