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.

Parkinson's disease


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.

This factsheet offers background information on Parkinson's disease, explores different management options and highlights resources that can be used to support patients.


These free, online, interactive modules delivered by Parkinson's UK will help any pharmacist, pharmacy team member or student increase their knowledge and understanding of Parkinson's, so they can improve their practice.


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.
external resource

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing Parkinson's disease in people aged 18 and over. It aims to improve care from the time of diagnosis, including monitoring and managing symptoms, providing information and support, and palliative care.

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