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.

Neurology

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Welcome to this page on neurology.

There are more than 600 diseases of the central nervous system, and these include epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumours and stroke. Each of these conditions is complex, and in some cases difficult to manage.

This page aims to introduce you to some of the learning available to help you to develop your knowledge of these conditions.

Pharmacy professionals are well placed to help support people with their healthcare needs. We can offer advice on the side effects of medicines, tips to help manage conditions and signposting to other helpful resources.

If you’re new to this topic we recommend you start by looking at the TEST YOURSELF section, to find out where your learning needs lie. If you are more experienced, why not start working through some of the core learning activities such as the case studies.

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The aim of this online workshop is to update your clinical knowledge of the pharmaceutical management of several long-term neurological conditions to enable you to help facilitate the seamless transfer of care for people living with these conditions between different care settings. You will consider how to support people living with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Acquired Brain Injury and Lewy Body dementia.

It will enable you to identify specific issues that should be considered in optimising the medicines of people living with long-term neurological conditions, living in either care homes or their own homes and will support you as a pharmacy professional to help implement the Enhanced health in care home framework.


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:
  • describe the place of medicines in a person’s treatment
  • explain the roles of other health professionals involved in a person’s care
  • identify situations when best interest principles should be applied
  • use a person-centred approach when consulting with residents and their carers to optimise their medicines
  • apply your learning to add quality to a person’s care to support their choice and independence.
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This is a video-based programme where you will watch experts demonstrating the key phrases, skills and techniques for a person-centred approach to consultations. The interactive activities will help you apply your learning to practice and make best use of the time during a consultation. You will also be able to explain the concept of clinical empathy and how to demonstrate this in practice.


2h: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:
  • apply key phrases to facilitate a patient-centred approach to your consultation
  • demonstrate appropriate skills and behaviours to ensure the best use of time in the consultation
  • explain the concept of clinical empathy and how it can be demonstrated
  • rate consultation skills and techniques more confidently in preparation for the Consultation skills for pharmacy practice assessment.
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This guideline covers assessing and managing motor neurone disease (MND).

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This guideline covers diagnosing and managing multiple sclerosis in people aged 18 and over.

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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 epilepsy 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 Epilepsy focal point 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.
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Work your way around the Neurology learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support patients with the management of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

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

The individual floors on this resource may not have been updated for more than 12 months. The next review of this resource will take place in 2023. When working through the hotspot activities on each floor, you should make sure that you are using the most up-to-date guidance and resources available in order to support both you and your team effectively.


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
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • describe how to advise appropriately a patient requesting an OTC medicine
  • become more confident in dealing with therapeutic challenges and prescription interventions
  • 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 link directs you to an e-learning module on what to do when someone has a seizure.

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Motor neurone disease causes a progressive weakness of many of the muscles in the body. There are various types of motor neurone disease. This leaflet is mainly about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is the most common type of motor neurone disease. Although there is no cure for motor neurone disease, treatments can help to ease symptoms and disability.

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This resource is a link to the MS Society website.

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