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.

22/03/2018 10:47:56

Medicines optimisation in care homes training for pharmacy professionals

We are delighted to confirm that Health Education England, on behalf of NHS England, has commissioned CPPE to deliver the Medicines optimisation in care homes training pathway for pharmacy professionals for those taking part in the NHS England Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programme.

The Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programme focuses on care home residents, across all types of care home settings and aims to deploy dedicated clinical pharmacy teams that will:

  • provide care home residents with equity of access to a clinical pharmacist prescriber as a member of the multidisciplinary team, with the supporting infrastructure for achieving medicines optimisation according to need
  • provide care homes with access to pharmacy technicians who will ensure the efficient supply and management of medicines within the care home, supporting care home staff and residents to achieve the best outcomes from medicines.

Over two years, there will be 600 places available for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, working a minimum of two days per week in a care home setting, to take part in a flexible 18-month pathway that will equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the objectives of the programme.

Objectives include achieving medicines optimisation for care home residents to improve their health outcomes through access to a clinical pharmacy team with the supporting infrastructure, and ensuring that residents and/or their families or carers are given the opportunity to be fully involved in decisions about their medicines.

The training will be delivered with the help of delivery partners and more details of the pathway will be published on the website as soon as they are available. The first cohort of learners is expected to start towards the end of April. 

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians interested in being part of this NHS England programme should regularly check the NHS England website for further information.

Dr Wazim Baqir, NHS England national pharmacy lead (care homes) says “the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programme will see pharmacists and pharmacy technicians trained to support older frailer people and other people living in care homes, to get the best from medicines and by doing so, reduce risk of harm, improve quality and save NHS and care home resources”.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians recruited to the first wave of the NHS England programme will be notified when the training pathway enrolment process on our website is available. When enrolment is approved pharmacists will receive a welcome pack and will be offered a personal appointment with their education supervisor to assess their learning needs, discuss their pathway options and modules and start the online learning as soon as possible.

The NHS England programme is funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF). The aim of the PhIF is to support the development of clinical pharmacy practice in a wider range of primary care settings, resulting in more integrated and effective NHS primary care for patients. In particular, the fund intends to drive the greater use of community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in new, integrated local care models. This will improve access for patients, relieve the pressure on GPs and accident and emergency departments, ensure best use of medicines, drive better value and improve patient outcomes.


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