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.

Health and Justice pharmacy (prisons and secure environments)

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This event will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence that you need to engage effectively in clinical medication review of your patients and their medicines. During the workshop you will apply evidence-based clinical medication review tools in a case study setting to make recommendations for rationalising medicines use. You will also have the opportunity to work with simulated patients and use your consultation skills to practise undertaking face-to-face clinical medication reviews.

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9h: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 clinical medication review can improve patient outcomes
  • develop a structured process for undertaking clinical medication review
  • prioritise patients who are appropriate for clinical medication review
  • use screening tools to identify medicines-related safety issues
  • apply patient-centred consultation skills to establish a balance between clinical decision-making and patient expectations
  • prepare and present prioritised, evidence-based recommendations for optimising medicine regimens
  • develop an action plan for implementing clinical medication review in your practice.
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Attending this workshop will help you to develop confidence in engaging in person-centred discussions with people with depression. You will work with peers from different sectors of pharmacy to discuss the treatment options available to meet the individual needs of the person living with depression.


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:
  • describe how to address the challenges involved when consulting with people with depression
  • summarise the benefits and risks of common antidepressant drugs
  • engage in discussion about treatment options with people with depression that meet their needs
  • discuss how you will apply your learning to improve your practice and use this to contribute to your continuing professional development and revalidation.
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Providing pharmacy services for secure environments

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This e-learning aims to enable pharmacists and technicians to offer a safe and effective pharmacy service for people in secure environments.


4h: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:
  • list the different categories of prison and secure environment and explain the differences (include differences between public and private)
  • discuss the roles and responsibilities of different prison staff, including healthcare staff
  • describe the offender health pathway in relation to secure environments
  • contrast the health and social care needs in a secure environment with those in the general population
  • describe how prison health is regulated and how the prison regime impacts on healthcare delivery
  • describe the secure environment healthcare service and the role that pharmacy has to play
  • explain the risks associated with the storage, supply, administration and disposal of OTC medicines (including homely remedies), PGD medicines, POM medicines and controlled drugs in secure environments
  • describe the minimum qualifications of the healthcare staff who request, prescribe, supply and administer medicines in a secure environment.
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The aim of this programme is to develop the pharmacy team’s knowledge on what is meant by a just culture and the differences between a no-blame culture and just culture. The programme aims to introduce the NHS Improvement A just culture guide and apply it to a pharmacy setting.


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:
  • explain what is meant by a just culture
  • describe the differences between a no-blame culture and just culture
  • use the NHS Improvement A just culture guide when a patient safety incident occurs.
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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 Pharmacy Quality 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 e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Providing pharmacy services for secure environments e-learning programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within that programme.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Providing pharmacy services for secure environments e-learning programme. 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.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Just culture e-learning, which can be found on the CPPE Patient safety gateway page.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Just culture e-learning. Access and successful completion will contribute to your own personal development plan, be recorded in your My CPPE record and will contribute towards your revalidation. It may also provide evidence for achieving competencies in the RPS Foundation or Advanced Pharmacy Frameworks.
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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 (2019).
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults – a guide for the pharmacy team programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within that programme.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults – a guide for the pharmacy team 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 Documents: Safeguarding Children and Young People – Roles and Competences for Healthcare Staff (Fourth edition -2019) and Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff (2018). 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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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.


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 infection
  • discuss how to engage and support the multidisciplinary team to optimise prescribing of antimicrobials.

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