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.

CPPE Optimise programmes

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COPD - Focus on combined bronchodilators

Released: 04/10/2017

Background learning

This programme consists of a combination of interactive, online and small group learning activities. Click through the screens to complete the programme.

The COPD Optimise programme assumes you have some prior knowledge of the topic area. You may wish to view Education for Health’s Introduction to COPD e-learning below to revise your knowledge before you start the Optimise programme. Please note that this programme is currently being updated by Education for Health based on the new GOLD guidance that we will cover in this Optimise programme. You will need to register for a free Education for Health account in order to access the learning programme. Register at: www.introtocopd.org.

Study time 1h 30m

Lead writer

Helen Meynell, consultant pharmacist with an interest in respiratory and palliative medicine, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

CPPE programme developer
Annie Sellers, learning development pharmacist

Design team
Joanne Hughes, lead pharmacist (respiratory and community services), South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Rhiannon Mohabir, rotational clinical pharmacist, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

CPPE reviewers
Hayley Berry, regional manager, West Midlands

Deborah Howard, education supervisor, General practice pharmacist training pathway, CPPE tutor North West

Zara Mehra, regional manager, East of England

External reviewers
Helen Edwards, lead cardiorespiratory pharmacist at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Magnus Hird, clinical pharmacist, Bloomfield Medical Centre, Blackpool

Lisa Green, pharmacy dispensary manager, head of pharmacy operations, St Andrew's Healthcare

Sarah Bromley, editorial assistant, CPPE

Piloted by:
Alison Fryer, learning development pharmacist, CPPE

Stephen Doherty, lead pharmacist for the acute medical unit, Central Manchester Foundation Trust

Brand names and trademarks
CPPE acknowledges the following brand names and registered trademarks mentioned throughout this programme: Ultibro®, Duaklir®, AirFluSal®, Anoro®, DuoResp®, Spiolto®, Seretide®, HandiHaler®


1) World Health Organisation. The top 10 causes of death. 2017. www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en