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.

Osteoporosis

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The aim of this workshop is to increase your understanding of falls and how the pharmacy team can help prevent and support those who have had a fall.


3h:15m (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 role of pharmacy professionals in prevention of falls
  • identify the factors that contribute to the increased risk of falls
  • identify people at risk of falls and provide solutions to reduce this risk through lifestyle and medicine interventions
  • provide educational advice on promoting good bone health and medicines for osteoporosis
  • explain how you can utilise your knowledge in falls prevention to better support your patients.
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This factsheet offers background information on osteoporosis, explores different management options and highlights resources that can be used to support patients.

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This NICE Clinic knowledge summary (CKS) offers background information on osteoporosis and provides details on assessment and management.

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This learning has been developed by the Royal osteoporosis society in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

It uses a case based approach to discussing the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis and prevention of fragility fractures, incorporating the guidance from NICE, SIGN and the national osteoporosis guideline group (NOGG) and identifying the differences between them where relevant. It highlights ‘at risk’ groups and discusses the FRAX and QFracture risk assessment tools, giving the opportunity to use them in the scenarios presented.

Please note that access requires registration.

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This guideline covers assessing the risk of fragility fracture in people aged 18 and over with osteoporosis. It aims to provide guidance on the selection and use of risk assessment tools in the care of adults at risk of fragility fractures in all NHS settings.

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This guideline provides recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the management of osteoporosis and prevention of fractures. It addresses; risk factors for fracture, commonly used tools for fracture risk assessment, approaches to targeting therapy, pharmacological, and non-pharmacological treatments to reduce fracture risk in different patient groups, treatment of painful vertebral fractures and systems of care. The assessment and prevention of falls and surgical management of fractures is not included.

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This quality standard covers managing osteoporosis in adults (aged 18 and over), including assessing risk and preventing fragility fractures. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

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This is the National osteoporosis guideline group 2017 - Clinical guideline for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis

This updated guideline has been prepared with the support of the societies listed to provide guidance on prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

The scope of the guideline is to review the assessment and diagnosis of osteoporosis, the therapeutic interventions available and the manner in which these can be used to develop management strategies for the prevention of osteoporotic fracture in postmenopausal women and in men age 50 years or over.

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The Royal Osteoporosis Society is the UK’s only national charity dedicated to bone health and osteoporosis. They work to improve the bone health of the nation and support everyone with osteoporosis to live well through our support services and advice.

Their website has a Healthcare professionals area which links to learning and resources.

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The aim of this piece of learning is to support you to become more confident with biochemistry results and managing medicines in relation to those results. We have a series of case studies on different topics to help put your learning into practice.


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • interpret abnormal bone profile results
  • describe the role of parathyroid hormone in calcium and phosphate homeostasis
  • explain how prolonged high parathyroid hormone levels can lead to bone disease.
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The aim of this programme is to enable pharmacy professionals to provide evidence-based advice to women experiencing the menopause.

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD). Users should recognise that this programme will refer to Northern Ireland's policies and organisations. After ordering this programme, you will be redirected to their website where the resource is hosted. Please be aware that CPPE does not maintain control over the accuracy and currency of this programme.


4h: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:
  • recognise the symptoms experienced by women around the time of the menopause
  • identify patients who may benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • suggest a range of self-help techniques that may assist with managing menopausal symptoms
  • detail the risk factors for osteoporosis
  • explain treatments that are currently available and under development for the prevention and management of osteoporosis.
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This Public Health England guidance can be used by all health care professionals to support people who may be at risk of falls.

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