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.

Launched: new Cancer e-learning

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Cancer: supporting people with early diagnosis e-learning programme.

Diagnosis of cancer at an early stage improves a person’s chance of survival, and pharmacy professionals in any practice setting have opportunities to identify early signs and symptoms. The NHS Long Term Plan aims to increase the proportion of cancers which are diagnosed early, from 50 percent to 75 percent.

The Cancer: supporting people with early diagnosis e-learning programme will enable pharmacy professionals working across all practice settings to identify people who may have signs or symptoms of cancer, and support them to access services facilitating early cancer diagnosis. The programme will also explore the national cancer screening programmes currently available, what people can expect from these and how pharmacy professionals can promote screening uptake.

On completion of the programme, learners will be able to recognise situations where a conversation may be needed about a referral for investigation regarding specific red flag symptoms for certain cancers, as well as identify those who may have additional barriers to accessing initial investigation of symptoms and tailor support to their individual needs.

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