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.


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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.


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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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Oral health

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Professor Nigel Hunt OBE talks about oral health

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Access this recorded presentation to learn more about children’s oral health and what you can do to help improve it. Click here for a script to accompany the video.

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A resource for local authorities and health professionals, this brings together the important facts and figures on child dental health and evidence of effective interventions to prevent tooth decay in children under five.

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This is an evidence based toolkit to support dental teams in improving their patient’s oral and general health.

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New statistics show rising number of children not visiting an NHS dentist, with huge regional variations

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Digital Magazine by the Oral Health Foundation

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Change 4 life food facts - helpful information for parents, have a look at the Be Food Smart app.

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This factsheet gives a summary of the simple steps that parents, carers and children can take every day to protect and improve their oral health. The evidence based advice is from Delivering Better Oral Health.

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Oral health is part of general health and wellbeing and contributes to the development of a healthy child and school readiness. Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable.

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All of the resources available will help you to support the forthcoming Sugar Smart campaign locally. We have web banners, still adverts for TVs/screensavers, an A4 poster, an email signature, out of home advertising that can be used on local bus stops, and a printable event banner that can be used to support local events.

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An engaging and interactive learning resource that lays the foundations of tomorrow's dentistry today. Requires NHS registration.

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Work your way around the Child health learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team give advice to parents/guardians. The challenges look at the juvenile vaccination programme, dealing with diarrhoea or a fever, while equipping the team to deal with any safeguarding issues.

You can access this learning here: Child health - theLearningpharmacy.com


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • develop and run an effective health promotion campaign in your pharmacy
  • explain how to deal effectively with patient queries about long term conditions or medicines
  • provide advice and signposting on self-care and public health
  • explain how you would develop and deliver a successful pharmacy service
  • 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.
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The aim of this learning resource is to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to deal professionally with any safeguarding issues that may arise in the course of your practice.

Completion of the programme and the associated Level 2 assessment will fulfil the safeguarding requirements at Level 2 for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians as required for the Quality Payment Scheme and by the intercollegiate document Safeguarding children and young people.

Completion of the programme and the associated Level 1 assessment will allow pharmacy support staff to prove their competence at Level 1 as required by the intercollegiate document Safeguarding children and young people.


3h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programmme you should be able to:
  • explain your role in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and be aware of your legal, ethical and professional responsibilities
  • describe the different types of abuse that children and vulnerable adults may be subjected to and know how to recognise the potential signs of abuse
  • know who to contact for advice if you have concerns about the safety of a child or vulnerable adult
  • take appropriate action if you suspect a case of abuse or neglect, including appropriately reporting and recording your concerns and sharing of information
  • be able to identify and refer on an individual suspected of being a victim of trafficking, child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation or at risk of radicalisation.
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Children and their medicines: enhancing your practice - focal point

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This programme will help you consider the differences in optimising medicines use in children, and deals with altered drug handling, unlicensed or off-label medicines, and effective communication with children.


5h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this programme you should be able to:
  • explain the differences in drug handling and effects between children and adults
  • discuss the licensing issues that must be considered in medicines for children
  • implement a holistic approach to the treatment of children with long-term conditions
  • communicate effectively with children and their parents or carers
  • explain the increased risk of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in children and describe the action you should take if you suspect an ADR in a child
  • list useful information sources with respect to dealing with paediatric patients.

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