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.

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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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20/07/2017 15:17:30

Raising awareness of sepsis

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect an estimated 150,000 people per year in the UK.1 Over 70 percent of these cases arise in the community. Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection causes injury to the body’s own organs and tissues, and it can lead to multiple organ failure and death if not recognised early and treated quickly. For those who do survive, they may suffer from long-term physical and mental problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive problems, chronic pain and organ dysfunction.2

On 22 November 2016, a national campaign designed by the UK Sepsis Trust and delivered in partnership with NHS England was launched. The campaign aims to encourage all healthcare professionals to act quickly when they recognise sepsis, in order to increase the speed in which the condition can be diagnosed and treated.

Health Education England (HEE) committed to taking steps to ensure that relevant training and learning resources are available to support healthcare staff to be competent in the recognition of and response to sepsis.

Through this a number of resources were developed, and you can now access them through our website.


  1. UK Sepsis Trust. Our statistics and why it matters - March 2016.
  2. Royal College of Nursing. Sepsis.


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