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.

Weight management

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Welcome to the Weight Management page. In terms of public health, obesity is a growing concern. Not only does it have psychological effects on the individual but increases risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes and some cancers. The pharmacy team has an important role to play in raising awareness of the risks of being overweight and supporting people on their weight loss journey through advice and weight management services. The resources here will develop your understanding of the management of obesity and help you consider how to initiate those difficult discussions around weight and assessing a person’s motivation to lose weight. If you currently deliver or plan to deliver, a weight management service in the community you will find all the recommended learning here to complete your Declaration of Competence. This is such an important area of practice which the whole pharmacy team can be involved in. Access the resources here to find out how you can support people in the best way.

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Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity

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This e-learning programme will help improve your knowledge about the prevalence of overweight and obesity, the structure of weight management services in England and the structure and requirements of a tier two commissioned lifestyle weight management service.

It provides you with practical advice on how you can support patients on their own weight loss journey, including how to initiate the difficult discussion around weight management.


2h: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:
  • outline the epidemiology of obesity
  • use appropriate equipment and techniques to measure and categorise a person's degree of overweight or obesity
  • describe the determinants and health risks of being overweight or obese and the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight
  • assess a person's readiness to lose weight and willingness to modify behaviour to achieve and maintain an appropriate target weight
  • describe a range of motivational and behavioural techniques to support weight management
  • discuss the role of diet, physical activity, medicines and surgery in the management of weight and provide practical healthy lifestyle advice
  • select the most appropriate intervention or referral pathway to other primary/secondary care specialist services where necessary, in line with local and national weight management strategies
  • describe and implement a community pharmacy weight management service.
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This is a video-based programme where you will watch experts demonstrating the key phrases, skills and techniques for a person-centred approach to consultations. The interactive activities will help you apply your learning to practice and make best use of the time during a consultation. You will also be able to explain the concept of clinical empathy and how to demonstrate this in practice.


2h:30m (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:
  • apply key phrases to facilitate a patient-centred approach to your consultation
  • demonstrate appropriate skills and behaviours to ensure the best use of time in the consultation
  • explain the concept of clinical empathy and how it can be demonstrated
  • rate consultation skills and techniques more confidently in preparation for the Consultation skills for pharmacy practice assessment.
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Please note: this programme and its associated assessment have been withdrawn from the CPPE portfolio (January 2022). Access to the Patient Group Directions e-learning programme provided by Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare hub is provided by clicking on the Access button above.


1h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

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Lose weight NHS choices webpage.

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The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health.

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This document contains best practice guidance on developing a tier 2 lifestyle weight management service specification for adults and children. This document is not mandatory.

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Pharmacy staff may be drawn into or have to initiate various difficult discussions. Dealing with difficult discussions e-learning programme builds on CPPE’s basic communication and consultation skills learning programmes to help staff undertake more difficult discussions with patients and others.


6h: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:
  • idenitfy examples of discussions that are difficult for both you and your patients or service users
  • reflect on how your own values, attitudes and beliefs affect how you deal with dicussions you find difficult
  • describe how developing your resilience can support you in dealing with difficult discussions
  • identify barrier to effective communication in difficult discussions and find strategies to make this easier
  • undertake difficult discussions with patients and service users using relevant consultation skills models.
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The NHS Long Term Plan sets out new commitments for NHS action on prevention and health inequalities.

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