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 Depression Optimise programme

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Depression Optimise programme.

At least a third of the English population is predicted to experience an episode of mild depression during their lifetime, so it is likely that someone you know or care about will be affected by depression. However, unlike physical ill heath, the symptoms of depression are often invisible. Social stigmas around depression can often inhibit people from talking about their condition or seeking help, with almost 40 percent of people who meet the criteria for major depression not going to see their doctor. Are you confident talking to people with depression about their condition?

Our Depression Optimise programme aims to help you to improve your consultation skills with people who have depression and gain confidence in engaging in discussions. This programme also aims to develop your ability to listen to the person’s concerns and respond to their needs.

Completing our Depression Optimise programme will help you to be able to summarise the risks and benefits of antidepressants and undertake discussions about treatment options with people with depression that meet their needs.

Our Optimise programmes are designed so that any member of your team can run a small group learning session in your pharmacy department at any time. The learning consists of preparation activities that will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and these focus on medicines optimisation and improved patient outcomes. The small group learning session should take around 40 minutes and includes activities on clinical decision making and clinical consultations.

For more information on our Depression Optimise programme, visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/depress-o-01/

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