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.

NHS CPCS: clinical assessment – essential skills workshops

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service: clinical assessment – essential skills workshops.

The NHS Long Term Plan was launched in January 2019 and focuses on ensuring that more people receive care in the community rather than attending hospitals. The plan will deliver fully integrated community-based healthcare, which includes referring people to community pharmacists to support urgent care and promote self-care and self-management. As part of the work to integrate community pharmacy into local NHS urgent care pathways a new pathway, defined as the Digital Minor Illness Referral service (DMIRS), has been tested in the North East since December 2017 and in London, East Midlands and Devon since 2018. High satisfaction rates have been reported, with episodes of care completed safely and appropriately instead of having to wait for a GP appointment.

The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework introduced in 2019 includes a plan to nationally roll out the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS). This brings together the DMIRS and NUMAS services that previously existed in certain areas of the country.

The aim of these workshops is to support pharmacists to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to undertake effective consultations, communications and clinical assessments in order to provide the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS).

This is a full-day workshop and includes various activities on physical examinations, history taking and clinical transfers and safety netting. You will also have the opportunity to work through several case studies so that you can apply your knowledge.

After completing our NHS Community pharmacist consultation service: clinical assessment – essential skills workshops, you should be able to apply tools and techniques to demonstrate a structured person-centred approach to clinical history taking and apply evidence-based practice and relevant guidance to support clinical reasoning and engage the person in shared decision making, such as NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries.

You will also feel confident to identify presenting red flags in the consultation to enable safe, effective, clinical transfer of the individual and interpret and apply clinical assessment test results and findings to aid clinical diagnosis and decisions.

Please note these workshops are available where commissioned locally and by HEE to support the delivery of the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) by community pharmacists.

To book a place on the workshop or for more information, visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/cpcs-w-01

We also have an NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service gateway page with lots more information, including core and foundation learning on consultation skills, links to workshops and signposting to relevant external resources: www.cppe.ac.uk/gateway/cpcs.

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