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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.


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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.


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Alcohol misuse: support and advice from the pharmacy team


  • Released: 11/2015
  • Reviewed: 07/2017
  • Study time: 10h:0m
  • Standard price: £20.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this programme is to help you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to provide an alcohol identification and brief advice service. The focus of this programme is to look at the contribution the pharmacy team can make to alcohol harm reduction and is designed to complement Public Health England's 'Alcohol identification and brief advice' e-learning course.

Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe the current extent and nature of problems relating to alcohol
  • discuss the national strategies to tackle alcohol misuse
  • identify the impact of alcohol misuse on mental and physical health, personal relationships and the wider society
  • describe the available screening tools that can be used to identify people who may be at risk as a result of their alcohol intake and use the tools to assess a patient’s alcohol use
  • describe the key techniques and approaches needed to offer brief advice in a pharmacy setting and identify people who require appropriate referral
  • discuss the requirements for setting up an alcohol identification and brief advice service.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can open this programme as a PDF in your web browser. We recommend that you download and save it to your computer. If you open the PDF in Adobe Reader you can type notes in the answer boxes and save them by saving the PDF.

On your tablet device: If you would like to use this programme on your tablet device you can download the PDF and open it within a free PDF reader app. We have tested this type of programme in a few apps and found that it works in the PDF Reader app on Apple devices and the Xodo PDF app on Android devices.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants