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.

Over-the-counter desogestrel progestogen-only pills case study e-learning

The desogestrel progestogen-only pill has been available over the counter (OTC) in pharmacies since 2021. To help you provide person-centred care and shared decision making when selling this medicine, we have developed the short e-learning programme Over-the-counter desogestrel progestogen-only pills case study.

The change in dispensing practice was prompted by recent data that suggested an unmet need for contraception in the UK. In 2020, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK reported an increase in rates of unplanned pregnancies, while statistics from the Department of Health and Social Care revealed that 2020 saw the highest number of abortions in England and Wales since the introduction of the Abortion Act in 1967.

To help you support this change towards making contraceptive choices more accessible, the Over-the-counter desogestrel progestogen-only pills case study covers the key messages to share with patients about contraception. The case study format also provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and practise person-centred care and shared decision making in this important area of practice.

The e-learning is for all pharmacy professionals and can be accessed using a web browser on any device. Click here to start your learning today: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/contraotc-e-01

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