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.




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.


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 Outcomes:

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 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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