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.

Smoking

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This resource will help you work towards the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) certification by acquiring the knowledge, developing the skills and demonstrating the behaviours necessary to provide effective support for smoking cessation. You can view the web resources and relevant links required for this programme.


3h: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:
  • explain the harmful effects of smoking and the health benefits of stopping
  • compare local and national smoking prevalence and patterns of smoking cessation across different demographics
  • discuss the principles and effectiveness of behavioural support and pharmacological therapies to support smoking cessation
  • assess a client’s commitment, readiness and ability to stop smoking and, where appropriate, assist a client to set a quit date
  • apply evidence-based behavioural change techniques to tailor individual support for clients at different stages of a quit attempt
  • apply appropriate behavioural support strategies to motivate a client to continue with a quit attempt
  • demonstrate an effective approach to dealing with lapses
  • improve the quality of stop smoking support provided, by offering constructive feedback to pharmacy team members
  • construct an effective response to clients’ questions about stopping smoking and the various treatment options.
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The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) provides assessment, certification and training for NHS stop smoking service providers. This training programme will provide you with a good understanding of the factors involved in smoking and smoking cessation, linking the theoretical understanding to professional practice. It has been developed for experienced professionals working for NHS stop smoking services who want to update or improve their knowledge and skills - as well as for newcomers to the profession.

The NCSCT has recently changed the assessment. There were previously two assessments - stages 1 and 2. These two assessments have now merged into one knowledge and skills based online assessment. If you have previously completed the stage 1 assessment you will be able to access a shortened version of the new assessment (15 questions). For anyone new to the assessment, you will need to register first with the NCSCT and then read the materials before attempting the Practitioners assessment – knowledge and skills, which has 25 multiple choice questions. All the assessments are timed and there is a 70 percent pass mark. If you don’t achieve a pass you will not be able to access the assessment again for three days.

Note: Please do not access the training programme directly via the NCSCT website and make sure you do not create more than one account. Please be aware that CPPE does not maintain control over the accuracy and currency of this programme.


0h:30m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this programme you should be able to:
  • outline the principles of very brief advice
  • discuss the evidence base for very brief advice
  • describe the three steps of very brief advice
  • understand how to apply very brief advice to everyday situations.
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The aim of this guide is to support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who want to learn how to provide high quality support for people who want to stop smoking. The guide will signpost you to the most appropriate places for your learning and to other key resources that you need to be aware of to provide an effective, evidence-based service.

If, on completion of this guide you want to complete the NCSCT practitioners' training and assessment programme you can access it at Stop smoking NCSCT practitioners assessment - knowledge and skills.


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:
  • identify the most appropriate route for your learning about smoking cessation
  • describe the role of the NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training
  • describe the Standard Treatment Programme for the provision of good quality smoking cessation support
  • identify the Department of Health priority target groups for stop smoking
  • outline the Department of Health’s recommendations for interventions including the provision of pharmacotherapy.
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This e-learning programme has been produced to support anyone who has contact with children and families on how to deliver very brief advice on secondhand smoke.

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training. 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.


0h: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 the health consequences of exposure to secondhand smoke
  • outline the key benefits of smokefree homes and cars
  • discuss the evidence base for very brief advice on secondhand smoke
  • describe the three steps of very brief advice
  • understand how to apply very brief advice on secondhand smoke to everyday situations.
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The NCSCT Mental Health Specialty Module is available to all NCSCT certified practitioners. This module is intended for anyone who works with smokers with mental health issues. An online training module and resource, it focuses on supporting clients with a diagnosed mental health condition, who may be treated in the community or a specialist setting.

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This module is intended for anyone who who helps pregnant smokers stop smoking. This training module was developed in consultation with expert clinicians, academics and trainers.

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The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) provides assessment, certification and training for NHS stop smoking service providers. This NCSCT Training Programme will provide you with a good understanding of the factors involved in smoking and smoking cessation, and will link this theoretical understanding to professional practice. It has been developed for experienced professionals working for NHS Stop Smoking Services who want to update or improve their knowledge and skills - as well as newcomers to the profession.

The NCSCT has recently changed the assessment. There were previously two assessments, stages 1 and 2. These two assessments have now merged into one knowledge and skills based on line assessment.

If you have previously completed the stage 1 assessment you will be able to access a shortened version of the new assessment (15 questions).

For anyone new to the assessment, you will need to register first with the NCSCT and then read the materials before attempting the Practitioners assessment – knowledge and skills, which has 25 multiple choice questions. All the assessments are timed and there is a 70 percent pass mark. If you don’t achieve a pass you will not be able to access the assessment again for three days.

Note: Please do not access the training programme directly via the NCSCT website and make sure you do not create more than one account. Please be aware that CPPE does not maintain control over the accuracy and currency of this programme.


8h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event 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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This guideline covers services to help people quit smoking. It aims to reduce the number of people who smoke by ensuring that stop smoking services are as effective as possible. It seeks to raise awareness of the range and types of support available.

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