NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality 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.

21/10/2022 10:12:24

Deprescribing opioids in people with chronic pain focal point launched

We are pleased to announce that our Deprescribing opioids in people with chronic pain focal point is now open for bookings.

In the UK, it is estimated that 33–50 percent of the population is affected by chronic pain (see the BMJ Open), and a recent survey conducted by BBC News suggests that 25 percent of us are living with pain.

The number of prescriptions issued for strong opioids in the UK for long-term pain has increased significantly. However, there is little evidence to show that these medicines provide lasting improvements in pain and function. Furthermore, evidence suggests that they cause significant side effects, which can result in a reduced quality of life.

In this focal point, we consider pain management strategies, including self-management and non-pharmacological approaches that can empower people to live well with pain. The programme also outlines how to apply a person-centred approach to optimising an individual’s pharmacological pain management.

In addition, we consider how to put the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on the management of chronic primary pain into practice, understanding that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to providing care for people living with pain.

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