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.

Stroke and transient ischaemic attack


This factsheet covers stroke and its causes and risk factors. It goes on to discuss management options and signpost to patient resources.


These resources can be accessed via the CPPE website under e-Learning for Healthcare learning modules. The Stroke Toolkit aligns to the NHS Long Term Plan and provides learners with a comprehensive list of online resources, that can be used in conjunction with the Stroke-Specific Education Framework, to support workforce upskilling, training and development.

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This NICE CKS defines both stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and explores the available management options.


This e-learning programme outlines the risk factors of stroke, pharmacological management of acute stroke and secondary prevention. It equips learners to provide a comprehensive service to stroke patients and to patients who may be at risk of stroke.

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.

3h: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:
  • define stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and describe the different types of stroke
  • recognise the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of quick and appropriate action
  • list the risk factors for the different types of stroke
  • calculate the ten-year risk of developing a stroke
  • identify the best practice measures in acute stroke care and outline the basis of secondary prevention of stroke
  • describe the range of problems that stroke survivors may face.
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Stroke Association has a dedicated area of their website where you can find resources, events and information aimed at professionals providing care and support to those affected, or at risk of stroke.

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This guideline covers interventions in the acute stage of a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). It offers the best clinical advice on the diagnosis and acute management of stroke and TIA in the 48 hours after onset of symptoms.


Dysphagia or swallowing disorder is a potential complication of stroke. This fact sheet explores what is meant by dysphagia and management options.

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