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 NICE guideline published on shared decision making

On 17 June, NICE published a new guideline on shared decision making that applies to pharmacy professionals. The guidance covers: ‘how to make shared decision making part of everyday care in all healthcare settings. It promotes ways for healthcare professionals and people using services to work together to make decisions about treatment and care. It includes recommendations on training, communicating risks, benefits and consequences, using decision aids, and how to embed shared decision making in organisational culture and practices.’

It also provides recommendations on:

  • embedding shared decision making at an organisational level
  • putting shared decision making into practice
  • patient decision aids
  • communicating risks, benefits and consequences.

At CPPE, we were delighted to see the integral nature of shared decision making highlighted in this new guideline, solidifying person-centred care as a key element of consultations.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have commissioned CPPE to develop and deliver a programme of learning that will equip pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to embed shared decision making into their practice. CPPE’s Shared decision making programme is designed to help pharmacists improve their consultation skills, become confident in applying shared decision making into their approach, and contribute to improved outcomes for patients.

The Shared decision making programme is a significant learning opportunity, delivered through a six-unit self-directed e-course and two online workshop days. It’s a chance to learn alongside peers, get honest feedback from simulated patients, and root the new NICE guideline into your approach to consultations.

Places on our Shared decision making programme are filling up quickly. To check your eligibility and to register, visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/career/sdm

To read the full NICE guideline on shared decision making, visit: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng197

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