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.

Prisons

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The aim of this programme is to develop your knowledge and skills to help you manage and optimise care for patients who might lack mental capacity to make a specific decision relating to their medicines at a given point in time.

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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:
  • summarise the legal framework and professional standards surrounding the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • describe the important role of pharmacy professionals within the multidisciplinary team in ensuring the appropriate application and ongoing assessment of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its purpose in the use of medicines
  • identify situations in which pharmacy professionals might encounter issues concerning mental capacity during their practice, including appropriate use of covert administration of medicines and what issues to consider when making recommendations
  • identify suitable sources of information for understanding the assessment and ongoing management of mental capacity and covert administration of medicines
  • develop a working knowledge of the content and purpose of policies and procedures which relate to the management of medicines for patients suspected of lacking mental capacity
  • recognise the situations which require referrals to other healthcare professionals.
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This programme is designed to support pharmacy professionals currently delivering, or planning to deliver, pharmacy services for substance misusers in the community. It focuses on how to communicate effectively with clients and how to provide a service that meets local needs.

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5h: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:
  • outline the requirements for delivering pharmacy services for substance misusers
  • understand the range of injecting paraphernalia available via needle and syringe programmes
  • provide harm reduction advice to substance misusers
  • advise on safer injecting practices and safe disposal of equipment
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out successful interventions for users of needle and syringe programmes.
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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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Consulting with people with mental health problems

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In this programme you will consider what is different about consulting with people with mental health problems and how you can prepare for and approach these consultations so that people get the most benefit from them.


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


Learning Objectives:

After completing this e-learning programme, you should be able to:
  • describe the mental health treatment gap and the importance of parity of esteem (valuing mental health equally with physical health)
  • recognise the impact of stigma and discrimination experienced by those with mental health problems
  • select the key national practice standards most applicable to pharmacy consultations with people with mental health problems
  • reflect on your consultations with people experiencing mental health problems
  • maximise the effectiveness of your consultations in this field by applying person-centred skills and behaviours
  • identify possible risks in your consultations with people with mental health problems.
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This programme will support you in taking a structured approach to reconciling medicines for patients in hospital, focusing on NICE guidance recommendations.


1h: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:
  • define medicines reconciliation and describe the process
  • summarise key points from NICE guidance on medicines reconciliation
  • compare your local medicines reconciliation policy against national recommendations
  • reflect on whether your current practice in reconciling medicines correlates with your local and national medicines reconciliation policy
  • list your own individual, practical responsibilities as a pharmacist, pharmacy technician or pre-registration pharmacist when reconciling medicines for your patients according to your local medicines policy.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Safeguarding children and vulnerable adult: a guide for the pharmacy team e-learning programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within the programme.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults e-learning programme. Successful completion will provide evidence of your learning at Level 1 of the Intercollegiate Document: Safeguarding children and young people - roles and competences for healthcare staff (2014).
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults e-learning programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within the programme.

This is an open book assessment so please ensure you have the learning programme and any other resources to hand before you start the assessment.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults e-learning programme. Successful completion will be recorded in your My CPPE record and will enable you to complete a CPD entry on the learning. It will also provide evidence of your learning at Level 2 of the Intercollegiate Document: Safeguarding children and young people - roles and competences for healthcare staff: (2014), as required for the Quality Payments Scheme. 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 completes the learning you began with the four e-learning modules on Substance use and misuse:

  • Module 1: Substances of misuse
  • Module 2: Harm reduction
  • Module 3: Communication with patients and support networks
  • Module 4: Provision of services

  • Why should I do this assessment?

    This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the four e-learning modules on Substance use and misuse:
  • Module 1: Substances of misuse
  • Module 2: Harm reduction
  • Module 3: Communication with patients and support networks
  • Module 4: Provision of services

  • 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. 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.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: completion of this assessment is not accepted towards Part 1 or Part 2 of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse. For further details of how to access this programme please visit the RCGP website http://www.rcgp.org.uk

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    In this programme we will explore how medicines reconciliation can contribute to medicines optimisation.


    1h: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 how medicines reconciliation contributes to medicines optimisation and patient-centred care
    • apply a structured approach to medicines reconciliation.
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    Work your way around the Substance misuse learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team give advice about legal highs. The challenges also suggest how you can help to improve dental health for substance misusers, while learning to deal with patients regularly asking to purchase higher risk over-the-counter medicines.

    You can access this learning here: Substance misuse - theLearningpharmacy.com


    Learning Objectives:

    On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you shoud be able to:
    • describe new methods of engaging with patients and the public
    • develop and run an effective health promotion campaign in your pharmacy
    • 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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    The overall aim of this programme is to support you to develop your skills to engage with patients and the public about antimicrobial stewardship and develop your knowledge and skills to optimise the prescribing of antimicrobials.

    If you want to receive hard copies of these materials for you and your colleagues please access them through the Learning communities section of our website.


    2h: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:
    • debate current issues surrounding the use of antibiotics and look at different approaches that are used in practice
    • assess how the antimicrobial toolkit (TARGET toolkit) can be used to engage and educate patients, and discuss how to promote awareness of antimicrobial stewardship to patients and the public
    • familiarise yourself with local antimicrobial resistance, stewardship initiatives and national guidance
    • examine national and local antimicrobial guidelines for a common infectio
    • discuss how to engage and support the multidisciplinary team to optimise prescribing of antimicrobials.
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    This programme aims to help you to develop your knowledge and skills to improve your confidence and competence in working with patients and other health and social care professionals to enable patients to get the best possible outcomes when they are taking multiple medicines.


    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:
    • explain the terminology associated with polypharmacy and what it means for patients and the health and social care team
    • list the causes and consequences of polypharmacy in relation to the patient, their carer and the wider NHS
    • identify medicines that cause problems for patients with polypharmacy and triggers that may indicate that polypharmacy is problematic
    • explain the main considerations when stopping a patient's medicines, what barriers might exist and how to overcome these
    • describe how you could use decision-making tools and strategies to support your practice when consulting with patients on multiple medicines
    • explain how you could undertake patient-centred discussions about polypharmacy with patients during a medication review or medicines use review
    • work in partnership with the patient to prioritise interventions and agree referral strategies
    • identify and apply suitable resources and tools to support you in identifying polypharmacy issues and solutions as part of your clinical judgement and experience
    • describe the process of shared decision-making and recognise its value in supporting adherence in patients taking multiple medicines
    • identify a change you could make to your practice to improve your approach to managing polypharmacy.

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