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.

Substance misuse

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Please note: our Substance use and misuse workshop is no longer running and the distance learning has been replaced with the Substance use and misuse e-course.

In addition to the Supervised consumption of prescribed medicines Declaration of Competence (DoC), this topic also links to the Needle and Syringe Programme (NSP) and Blood borne virus testing DoCs.

Transcript

Welcome to the CPPE page on substance misuse, which will introduce you to CPPE resources and information from other websites on this topic.

Many of you will already deliver pharmacy services for substance misusers in the community.

The aim of this page is to signpost you to the relevant resources to support you and your team to deliver these services, and to communicate effectively with patients.

You will find information about both our Substance use and misuse workshop and distance learning programme, and RCGP courses on substance misuse.

You can also make your way to the Substance misuse floor on theLearningpharmacy.com and to other useful national resources.

This topic links to the Supervised consumption of prescribed medicines Declaration of Competence, or DoC.

So, if you are working towards this DoC, this page is an ideal starting point to ensure that you are service-ready and have the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver a high-quality and consistent service.

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The aim of this e-course is to support pharmacy professionals to provide a person-centred approach to care for people who use and misuse substances.

To facilitate your learning, we have structured the course into four 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 – Individual experience of substance use and misuse
  • Unit 2 – Risks and challenges of substance use and misuse and associated harm reduction services
  • Unit 3 – Recovery and treatment
  • Unit 4 – Delivering holistic and seamless care


12h: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:
  • explain why people misuse substances and the impact it has on their lives and the lives of those around them
  • identify the risks associated with substance use and misuse
  • apply the principles of harm reduction to your practice when sharing information and providing commissioned pharmacy services for substance misuse
  • describe the actions you can take to support a person’s substance misuse recovery and treatment journey
  • identify the substance misuse multidisciplinary team in your local area and how you can work together to support people with problematic substance use
  • demonstrate a holistic, person-centred approach to the care of different groups of people who use or misuse substances
  • support and develop your pharmacy team to provide safe, effective, and holistic substance misuse services.
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Addiction, misuse and dependency: A focus on over-the-counter and prescribed medicines

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Healthcare professionals will encounter individuals who are addicted to, or misuse, prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines or who are not using medicines the way that they were intended.

This learning programme considers what can be done to recognise the key risk factors and triggers that may lead us to prevent these medicines from being misused and looks at the support we can provide to people who have become dependent on medicines.


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:
  • define the term 'addiction to and misuse of medicines' with respect to prescribed and OTC medicines
  • recognise the best practice in safe and effective prescribing likely to reduce the risks and harms from addictive medicines
  • describe appropriate services, treatment interventions and care pathways which can support people who have become dependent on specific medicines
  • identify key groups of people who are at risk of becoming dependent on medicines and list the common medicines involved
  • advise people on the appropriate use of OTC medicines to minimise their risk of misuse or dependency using a person-centred approach
  • differentiate between prevention and treatment (recovery) aspects of addiction or misuse to medicines.
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This e-lecture complements the CPPE learning available about substance misuse by covering the misuse of anabolic steroids and how needle and syringe programmes can support this group.

Download a copy of the transcript here

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


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this e-lecture you will be able to:
  • describe the use of anabolic steroids and their side effects
  • explain the reasons for concurrent use of other medicines
  • identify what equipment is required when providing a needle and syringe programme
  • evaluate the harm reduction advice you would give to anabolic steroid users.
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This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Substance use and misuse e-course and assesses you on the learning objectives in that programme.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Substance use and misuse e-course. 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 Addiction, misuse and dependency programme and assesses you on the learning objectives in that programme.


Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Addiction, misuse and dependency 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.
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This link provides information on the RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse (level 1). This supports practitioners who want to become more confident in assessing and managing the drug using patient.

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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

The individual floors on this resource may not have been updated for more than 12 months. The next review of this resource will take place in 2023. When working through the hotspot activities on each floor, you should make sure that you are using the most up-to-date guidance and resources available in order to support both you and your team effectively.


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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This RCGP guidance looks at substitute prescribing in the treatment of opioid dependece in primary care.

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