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.

15/05/2023 08:50:21

Now live: Supporting people living with anxiety e-learning programme

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Supporting people living with anxiety e-learning programme.

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health issue. People with mental health disorders such as anxiety have regularly reported experiencing prejudice and discrimination from service providers.

Pharmacy professionals across all areas of practice have a key role in facilitating an open dialogue with people about their mental health, helping to reduce the health inequalities people with mental health disorders often experience. This programme enables pharmacy professionals to undertake culturally competent person-centred consultations with people living with anxiety.

The Supporting people living with anxiety e-learning is an extensive video-based programme, using real people with lived experience of anxiety from a range of ethnicities and backgrounds.

Pharmacy professionals will develop their confidence and competence in communicating with people about their mental health and helping them to improve it. They will also learn how to involve a person in shared decision making about options to manage their anxiety, including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches.

On completion of the programme, learners will be able to identity their strengths and development needs in relation to supporting people living with a mental health condition, understand how cultural perspectives can influence people’s engagement with healthcare professionals about their anxiety and compare perspectives on how to initiate a discussion, gather information and engage a person with an anxiety disorder in the shared decision-making process.

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