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 Fundamentals of palliative care e-course now available

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new e-course – Fundamentals of palliative care.

This programme aims to support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in any sector of practice to provide a person-centred holistic approach to palliative care which goes beyond the supply of medicines.

The e-course includes interactive activities, audio, and video to help you to understand what palliative and end-of-life care means, and how to recognise that someone is at this time of their life.

The Fundamentals of palliative care programme covers:

  • what palliative care is and how national guidance has influenced palliative care services.
  • how to communicate confidently with people and their carers regarding palliative care, giving them the tools to respect patients’ wishes and navigate responses when things go wrong.
  • supporting the management of key symptoms that people might experience during palliative care and at the end of life.
  • the role of the pharmacy professional in the care of people who are accessing palliative care within national priorities.
  • how to respond to issues raised with the supply of medicines and products for palliative care, without compromising person-centred care.

Working through the six-unit e-course, you will develop your consultation skills further, using tools to navigate conversations with people and their carers during their palliative care.

You will be confident in the symptoms experienced during palliative care and their management, including pain management and management of nausea and vomiting, constipation and other symptoms.

This programme is open to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pre-registration trainees.

To access the programme, visit:


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