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

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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.

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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.
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Please note there are four modules which make up this learning programme.

This learning provides an overview of substances of misuse, harm reduction strategies, holistic care and communicating with different patient groups, as well as the provision of services including supervised administration and needle exchange.

There are four modules which make up this learning programme. To access the other modules, select the links below:

Module 2: Harm reduction

Module 3: Communication with patients and support networks

Module 4: Provision of services

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE). CPPE have altered the programme to refer to English legislation.


3h: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:
  • understand the reasons for providing substance misuse services
  • outline the most commonly misused illegal substances
  • recognise how legal substances can be misused
  • understand the impact of co-administration of substances of misuse
  • describe the importance of the pharmacy team in substance misuse.
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Please note there are four modules which make up this learning programme.

This learning provides an overview of substances of misuse, harm reduction strategies, holistic care and communicating with different patient groups, as well as the provision of services including supervised administration and needle exchange.

There are four modules which make up this learning programme. To access the other modules, select the links below:

Module 1: Substances of misuse

Module 3: Communication with patients and support networks

Module 4: Provision of services

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE). CPPE have altered the programme to refer to English legislation.


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


Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning progamme you should be able to:
  • define harm reduction and outline its principles
  • recognise the role of the pharmacist and pharmacy team in shared care
  • understand the risks of injecting practice and advise on safer techniques
  • examine the risks of blood-borne viruses
  • identify and manage the signs and symptoms of opiate overdose
  • explain the pharmacological treatment options for opioid users for maintenance, detoxification and relapse prevention
  • outline the psychosocial treatment options for substance misuse.
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Please note there are four modules which make up this learning programme.

This learning provides an overview of substances of misuse, harm reduction strategies, holistic care and communicating with different patient groups, as well as the provision of services including supervised administration and needle exchange.

There are four modules which make up this learning programme. To access the other modules, select the links below:

Module 1: Substances of misuse

Module 2: Harm reduction

Module 4: Provision of services

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE). CPPE have altered the programme to refer to English legislation.


3h: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:
  • understand the importance of involving the whole pharmacy team when working with substance misusers
  • identify the needs of the patient in addition to treatment needs
  • understand how best to communicate information about patients to other professionals involved in their care
  • signpost to other relevant services
  • explore the prescribing and support issues for patients under the age of 18
  • explore the prescribing and support issues for older patients.
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Please note there are four modules which make up this learning programme.

This learning provides an overview of substances of misuse, harm reduction strategies, holistic care and communicating with different patient groups, as well as the provision of services including supervised administration and needle exchange.

There are four modules which make up this learning programme. To access the other modules, select the links below:

Module 1: Substances of misuse

Module 2: Harm reduction

Module 3: Communication with patients and support networks

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE). CPPE have altered the programme to refer to English legislation.


3h: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:
  • understand the legal perspectives of running a substance misuse service including prescribing and supervision
  • recognise the impact of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001
  • explain the regulations relating to driving and substance use
  • understand the structure and running of a supervised administration service
  • understand the structure and running of a needle exchange service.
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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 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.

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This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the four e-learning modules on Substance use and misuse:

  • Module 1: Substances of misuse
  • Module 2: Harm reduction
  • Module 3: Communication with patients and support networks
  • Module 4: Provision of services

  • Why should I do this assessment?

    This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the four e-learning modules on Substance use and misuse:
  • Module 1: Substances of misuse
  • Module 2: Harm reduction
  • Module 3: Communication with patients and support networks
  • Module 4: Provision of services

  • 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

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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


    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 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.

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