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.

Respiratory

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The aim of this learning programme is for you to consider how we as pharmacy professionals in all sectors can support people who have asthma. You will apply your knowledge of asthma management and guidelines and explore how you can support people to manage their asthma, reduce complications and improve their quality of life.


2h: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:
  • apply medicines optimisation principles in the context of asthma treatment
  • demonstrate how guidelines are used to provide optimum care for individual patients
  • examine whether a person’s asthma treatment is appropriate, recognising when treatment needs to be increased or decreased
  • implement a holistic approach to support people with asthma, considering all factors which influence their asthma control
  • enable people to self-manage their asthma with appropriate inhaler use and a personalised asthma action plan.
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This learning programme aims to enable you to interpret and apply clinical guidance to support people living with COPD. You will consider how to optimise their treatment and use a person-centred approach to empower people living with COPD to self-manage their condition.#CPPEcopd


5h: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:
  • identify ‘red flag’ signs and symptoms presenting in people living with COPD, who may require referral to another healthcare professional
  • create a list of local resources to enable you to support and signpost people living with COPD
  • discuss the options for the management of breathlessness and anxiety for people living with more advanced disease
  • interpret clinical guidance and apply it in practice to support the optimisation of therapy for people living with COPD
  • support people to self-manage their COPD while demonstrating a person-centred approach.
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The aim of this e-course is to improve your knowledge and skills in respiratory therapeutics. This will enable you to provide a person-centred approach to support the healthcare of people living with respiratory disease.

To facilitate your learning, we have structured the course into eight 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 respiratory system
  • Unit 2 – Inhaler technique and nebuliser use
  • Unit 3 – Common respiratory conditions
  • Unit 4 – Asthma
  • Unit 5 – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Unit 6 – Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Unit 7 – Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Unit 8 – Interstitial lung disease (ILD)


24h: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 and explain the core anatomy and function of the respiratory system
  • describe the role of a pharmacy professional in supporting someone with respiratory disease
  • identify sources of information to support people living with respiratory disease
  • demonstrate a holistic, person-centred approach to the care of people living with respiratory disease
  • apply safe and appropriate medicines optimisation for people with respiratory disease
  • use current respiratory guidelines and standards to support evidence-based decisions around the treatment of respiratory disease.
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In this e-learning programme we explore the reasons why we need to improve the way that we help people with their inhaler devices. We will look at how the devices work and why making simple changes when we are speaking to people using inhaled medicines can improve health outcomes.


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:
  • discuss the potential implications of sub-optimal inhaler technique
  • describe the different types of inhaler devices and their instructions for use
  • outline how the delivered dose is made in each type of device
  • describe how inspiratory flow can affect medicine delivery for different inhalers
  • describe the breathing technique required to achieve optimum inspiratory flow for each device
  • demonstrate your role in optimising inhaled medication.
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This programme will provide learning and signposting to help pharmacists to conduct effective new medicine service (NMS) consultations for people taking respiratory 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:
  • identify the key issues for patients taking a new respiratory medicine
  • provide advice to patients to enable them to manage their condition effectively
  • find key resources to help you plan and deliver effective new medicine service consultations for people with respiratory disease
  • provide advice to people using a new inhaler and support them in ensuring they have an effective inhaler technique.
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The aim of this learning programme is to update your knowledge on the use of drugs for nebulisation in asthma and COPD and so enable you to support healthcare professionals and patients with respiratory disease to use nebulisers effectively.

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.


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:
  • list the drugs available for nebulisation in asthma and COPD
  • outline the indications for nebuliser therapy in asthma and COPD
  • describe the different types of nebuliser available
  • advise on the use and maintenance of nebulising equipment.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Inhaler technique for health professionals: getting it right 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 Inhaler technique for health professionals: getting it right 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. 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 is linked with the CPPE Asthma focal point 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 Asthma focal point programme. Access and successful completion will contribute to your own personal development plan, be recorded in your My CPPE record and can be used to complete a revalidation record on your 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 Improving inhaler technique, successful completion of this assessment will provide evidence of your learning.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease focal point 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 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease focal point 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. 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 Smoking learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support people and give advice regarding electronic cigarettes, stopping smoking, and using shisha and smokeless tobacco.

You can access this learning here: Smoking - theLearningpharmacy.com


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should 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 you would develop and deliver a successful pharmacy service
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • advise appropriately a patient requesting an OTC medicine
  • identify and meet the professional development needs of the pharmacy team
  • become more confident in dealing with therapeutic challenges and prescription interventions.
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Work your way around the Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support people to manage their condition. The challenges will advise about improving inhaler technique, while signposting to other relevant sources of information.

You can access this learning here: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - theLearningpharmacy.com


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should 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 you would develop and deliver a successful pharmacy service
  • explain how to deal effectively with patient queries about long term conditions or medicines
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • 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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external resource

This page brings together all the PrescQIPP respiratory care resources and campaign materials as well as showcase good practice examples of projects in respiratory care and signpost to self care resources available for organisations to use to support their own respiratory care campaigns.

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external resource

BTS & SIGN have worked in partnership since 2001 to produce the British Guideline on the Management of Asthma. The current addition (July 2019) can be found via this link.

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