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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.

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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.

Sexual health

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Welcome to the sexual health page.

Here you will find a wide range of learning and assessment on the topic of sexual health. Good sexual health is recognised as an important factor in health and well-being. Increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections means that pharmacy is well placed to offer sexual health services and provide advice, support and treatment to people who may have concerns about their sexual health.

Within the resources you will find an overview of the current commissioning routes of sexual health services, as well as knowledge and behaviour based learning that enables you to support your Declaration of Competence in providing sexual health services.

There is information on sexually transmitted infections, with signposting to CPPE resources and external resources too. We also highlight UK guidelines and framework documents to support your practice via the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV website and the Department of Health information.

Take a look at theLearningpharmacy.com floor on sexual health, where there is learning for the whole pharmacy team to help build the confidence of everyone who speaks with people about their sexual health.

This is one of three different areas related to sexual health – You may wish to explore the other topics on contraception and emergency contraception as part of your ongoing professional development.

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Pharmacy staff may be drawn into or have to initiate various difficult discussions. Dealing with difficult discussions e-learning programme builds on CPPE’s basic communication and consultation skills learning programmes to help staff undertake more difficult discussions with patients and others.


6h: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:
  • idenitfy examples of discussions that are difficult for both you and your patients or service users
  • reflect on how your own values, attitudes and beliefs affect how you deal with dicussions you find difficult
  • describe how developing your resilience can support you in dealing with difficult discussions
  • identify barrier to effective communication in difficult discussions and find strategies to make this easier
  • undertake difficult discussions with patients and service users using relevant consultation skills models.
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The aim of this programme is to support the community pharmacy team in developing and providing a sexual health service. This programme focuses on sexually transmitted infections (STIs). CPPE also has learning programmes on contraception and emergency contraception.


6h: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 the role and responsibilities of pharmacies in providing sexual health services in the context of national and local policies and applying current relevant guidance
  • access local and national sexual health data to understand service gaps
  • map and make links with your local sexual health network and referral pathways to ensure seamless client care
  • train your staff to respond confidently and appropriately to the sexual health needs of clients
  • create a welcoming, non-judgemental, supportive environment for sexual health consultations
  • carry out client-centred consultations to meet client needs, balancing the need for confidentiality with safeguarding considerations and identifying warning signs of child sexual exploitation and relationship abuse
  • take an accurate and purposeful sexual history and identify risks and symptoms/situations requiring referral
  • list risk factors, signs, symptoms, consequences and treatment options for relevant STIs, how to test for them and what to do with the results, including your role in partner notification (PN)
  • promote advice on minimising risk and safer sex at every opportunity
  • develop a standard operating procedure for your sexual health service.
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This programme will help pharmacy teams to identify who may need advice and support, how they can give that support and what is the best course of action. It includes information on emergency hormonal contraception, the copper-bearing and the intrauterine device.

It has been developed to support pharmacists to set up an emergency contraception (EC) service as an enhanced community service.

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has produced guidance for healthcare professionals on contraceptive provision, including emergency contraception, after changes to Covid-19 lockdown. You can find the FSRH resources here.


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


Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning progamme you should be able to:
  • describe the development of EC supply in community pharmacy
  • explain the options available for EC
  • conduct a high-quality EC consultation, resulting in supply or signposting
  • include messages in your consultation about the coil, condoms, contraception and chlamydia.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Emergency contraception e-learning 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 Emergency contraception 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 tests your knowledge and understanding in relation to the Sexual health in pharmacies programme.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Sexual health in pharmacies 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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British Association for Sexual Health and HIV homepage

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This document has been developed for commissioners and providers of sexual health services in order to support the commissioning of sexual health services.

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All NICE products on sexual health. Includes any guidance, advice, NICE Pathways and quality standards.

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This e-learning programme aims to equip you with the up-to-date skills and knowledge that you need to confidently support and advise patients who use or might use contraception. It contributes to the completion of your Declaration of Competence to provide oral contraception and emergency contraception services.


6h: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 how to ensure a patient-centred approach when providing contraception advice and services
  • describe the different types and methods of contraception and their use, risks and benefits
  • identify and use key current reference sources to maintain up-to-date knowledge about different forms of contraception
  • confidently deal with common issues encountered when providing effective contraception advice and services
  • use evidence-based judgement to decide when to refer a patient and identify patients who require other contraception services.
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Scenario: Management : covers the management of men with erectile dysfunction.

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Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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