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.

Shared decision making is now open to all pharmacy professionals working in a patient-facing role

NHS England and NHS Improvement has commissioned CPPE to develop a programme of learning centred on embedding shared decision making into patient consultations.

Shared decision making and personalised care are core elements of the NHS Long Term Plan. Pharmacy professionals are seen as being a key provider of personalised care within primary care. Shared decision making is linked to improved outcomes for patients and puts patients at the centre of their own care, making them experts in their own healthcare decisions.

The Shared decision making programme is now open to all NHS pharmacy professionals in a patient-facing role in England. This means that you are in a role where you speak with patients face-to-face or via phone or video.

The programme is delivered via an e-course and two online workshops days. On completing the Shared decision making programme, learners should be able to:

  • define what is meant by shared decision making
  • describe how shared decision making can improve a consultation from the perspective of a pharmacy professional and the person that they are consulting with
  • demonstrate the use of the tools and techniques outlined in this course to support shared decision making
  • compare these different tools and techniques in order to select those that you will use in practice
  • evaluate your ability to use shared decision making in practice.

To find out more about Shared decision making, and how to apply, visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/career/sdm/default

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