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.



This e-course aims to develop pharmacy professionals’ knowledge and skills in renal therapeutics. It intends to enable pharmacy professionals working across all sectors to provide a person-centred approach to the healthcare of people at risk of, or living with, renal disease.

To facilitate your learning, we have structured the course into six units. Some units are larger than others, but we estimate that you will need to commit an average of three hours of learning for each unit.

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to the kidney
  • Unit 2 – Medicines and the kidney
  • Unit 3 – Acute kidney injury (AKI)
  • Unit 4 – Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Unit 5 – Renal replacement therapy
  • Unit 6 – Renal transplant

24h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • describe and explain the core anatomy and function of the kidney
  • interpret laboratory data to establish renal function and identify decline
  • outline the role of a pharmacy professional in supporting a patient with renal impairment
  • identify sources for further information for pharmacy professionals and patients
  • optimise medicines safely and appropriately for people with renal impairment
  • apply the principles of hydration and nutrition supporting patients with renal impairment
  • use current renal guidelines and standards to support evidence-based decisions around prevention and treatment of renal disease
  • assess patients’ renal function and provide evidence-based support for their care.
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We have a portfolio of clinical fact sheets which includes topics such as pneumonia, UTIs and healthcare associated infections. Each fact sheet should refresh your knowledge of that particular condition and provide you with links to appropriate further resources.


Learn what blood results should be reviewed, why they are important and the impact of medicines when a patient has an acute kidney injury (AKI).

This case study forms part of the Biochemistry learning gateway. On this learning gateway page, you will find a range of learning resources which aim to increase your knowledge, skills, and confidence in relation to biochemistry.

1h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • recognise and interpret the relevant blood test results in a person with an acute kidney injury
  • apply pharmaceutical knowledge to identify medicines which may cause potential harm in acute kidney injury.

This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Fundamentals of renal therapeutics e-course programme and assesses you on the learning outcomes within that programme.

Why should I do this assessment?

This e -assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Fundamentals of renal therapeutics e-course. 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.
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CIRC has worked with our funding and delivery partners to develop toolkit resources for all primary healthcare professionals, patients and carers. These toolkits can be used to assist in the delivery of safe and effective care to patients.


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