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.


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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.


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Transfer of care

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This workshop is for pharmacy professionals who are new to, or are considering providing medicines optimisation for residents in care homes for older people.

It is an interactive learning session using innovative practical activities, including a film and observation exercise, to build participants’ skills and confidence in changing how medicines are used in this setting.

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12h: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:
  • observe day-to-day practice in a care home for older people and identify poor care and potential medicines-related safeguarding incidents
  • list the checks needed to ensure medicines reconciliation is completed accurately for new care home residents
  • describe examples of good practice in medicines optimisation for older people in care homes
  • implement practical strategies to manage poor practice in medicines optimisation and medicines-related safeguarding incidents to improve resilience of care homes
  • create a checklist to guide care staff about whether a 'when required' medicine may be needed in a resident with dementia.
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Transfer of care: supporting patients moving into and out of hospital

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The aim of this programme is to enable pharmacy teams from all sectors to facilitate safe and effective transfer of care for patients when they move care setting.

In this programme we consider:

  • why transfer of care needs to improve
  • what a good transfer-of-care process for information about medicines should look like
  • what actions pharmacy professionals need to take to make this happen.

We look at the tools and resources available to help you get the right processes in place and support patients effectively, particularly after discharge back into the community.


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:
  • describe three reasons why transfer of care needs to improve and how pharmacy as a profession can help
  • outline the roles of pharmacy professionals in different settings with respect to transfer of care
  • describe what the pathway should look like for good transfer of care
  • identify processes and standard operating procedures (SOPs) required to implement a good transfer-of-care pathway
  • identify people, processes and services to support transfer of care in your locality
  • interpret hospital discharge summaries and use the information to optimise patients' benefit from medicines and minimise risk when they transfer back into the community
  • identify tools and resources to help you support transfer of care and patient outcomes
  • signpost patients to support services offered by pharmacies after discharge from hospital.
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Medicines management to optimisation - an e-learning programme for pharmacy technicians

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In this programme we explore the principles of medicines optimisation and the reasons for the shift away from medicines management. The programme is aimed at medicines management and ward-based pharmacy technicians but will be of interest to any ward-based healthcare professionals.


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:
  • define medicines optimisation and explain how this differs from medicines management
  • describe the principles of medicines optimisation
  • outline the actions you can take to support medicines optimisation at each step of the patient journey
  • apply your skills and knowledge to practice situations.
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The aim of this guide is to help pharmacy teams work together to undertake effective, high quality MURs. It will help you explore ways of targeting those patients who will benefit most from MURs, identify key medicines usage issues for each of the target groups and use these to improve the quality of the MURs you undertake.


4h: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 and prioritise those patients in the national target groups who would benefit most from MURs
  • develop successful strategies for communicating with patients about high risk medicines
  • identify interventions that can improve medicines management for patients with respiratory disease
  • describe local arrangements for communication of post-discharge information from hospital to the community
  • implement improvements in the care of patients in the national target groups by undertaking high quality MURs
  • demonstrate that your MURs provide value for money.
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Work your way around the Dementia learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support patients and carers with administering medicines, transfer of care from hospital to care home setting, and medicines adherence.

You can access this learning here: Dementia - 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
  • 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.

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