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.

Substance misuse


This programme is designed to support pharmacy professionals currently delivering, or planning to deliver, pharmacy services for substance misusers in the community. It focuses on how to communicate effectively with clients and how to provide a service that meets local needs.

5h: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:
  • outline the requirements for delivering pharmacy services for substance misusers
  • understand the range of injecting paraphernalia available via needle and syringe programmes
  • provide harm reduction advice to substance misusers
  • advise on safer injecting practices and safe disposal of equipment
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out successful interventions for users of needle and syringe programmes.
external resource

This resource provides links to a range of courses for GPs and the wider primary care team in relation to Substance Misuse and Associated Health.

external resource

This link provides information on the RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse. This supports practitioners who want to become more confident in assessing and managing the drug using patient.


This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Substance use and misuse distance 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 Substance use and misuse distance 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. IMPORTANT NOTE: completion of this assessment is not accepted towards Part 1 or Part 2 of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse. For further details of how to access this programme please visit the RCGP website http://www.rcgp.org.uk

Work your way around the Substance misuse learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team give advice about legal highs. The challenges also suggest how you can help to improve dental health for substance misusers, while learning to deal with patients regularly asking to purchase higher risk over-the-counter medicines.

You can access this learning here: Substance misuse - theLearningpharmacy.com

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you shoud 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 to deal effectively with patient queries about long term conditions or medicines
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • describe how to advise appropriately a patient requesting an OTC medicine
  • 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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