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.

New Clinical calculations for pharmacy professionals e-learning

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new e-learning programme, Clinical calculations for pharmacy professionals.

The programme aims to support pharmacy professionals with calculations in clinical settings when preparing, prescribing or checking medicines or when advising other healthcare professionals. The principles can be applied to any sector of pharmacy practice.

The e-learning programme provides you with four short case studies to work through so that you can see how the calculations you are making relate to patient care and every day clinical practice. After each question there is a video showing how we have worked out the suggested answer.

The four case studies are:

  • renal impairment
  • palliative care
  • paediatric ward
  • formulation changes

Although the case studies are based on hospital and clinical primary care settings, the principals involved can be applied to any sector of pharmacy and may help to support safe service delivery as the clinical role for community pharmacy expands.

Upon completing the learning, you will be able to calculate ideal body weight and adjusted body weight for patients and explain when these calculations may be necessary, interpret weight per volume strengths of medicines and adapt calculation answers to practical doses which can be administered to patients.

This programme is open to all pharmacy professionals and you can access the e-learning here.

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