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.

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The latest medicines optimisation briefing on dementia is now available

The latest medicines optimisation briefing and article focus on dementia and are available for all pharmacy professionals working in any sector of healthcare.

We are working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) on a fourth series of medicines optimisation briefings and articles. The four principles of medicines optimisation1 describe how healthcare professionals can enable patients to improve their quality of life and outcomes from medicines use.

Medicines optimisation principles

  • Aim to understand the patient's experience
  • Evidence-based choice of medicines
  • Ensure medicines use is as safe as possible
  • Make medicines optimisation part of routine practice

Topics covered in this series

  • March 2017 – Atrial fibrillation medicines optimisation briefing and article
  • April 2017 – Dementia medicines optimisation briefing and article
  1. Picton C and Wright H. Medicines optimisation: helping patients to make the most of medicines - good practice guidance for healthcare professionals in England. Royal Pharmaceutical Society. 2013.


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