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.


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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.


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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.


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New medicine service: anticoagulants and antiplatelets


  • Released: 01/2013
  • Reviewed: 10/2016
  • Study time: 4h:0m
  • Standard price: £10.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this programme is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to facilitate a patient-centred approach when supporting patients in optimising medicines during a consultation for a newly prescribed anticoagulant or antiplatelet medicine. The main focus of the programme is anticoagulant medicines.

Learning objectives

By the end of this learning programme, you should be able to:

  • discuss key issues and provide information regarding side-effects, interactions and counselling points to patients taking an anticoagulant or antiplatelet medicine
  • find key resources to help you plan and complete new medicine service consultations for patients taking anticoagulants and antiplatelets
  • provide advice for patients taking warfarin and clopidogrel as a new medicine.

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 and access it through Adobe Reader. You can type notes in the answer boxes and save them by saving the PDF. To make the most of the interactive features in this programme, please make sure you are using the most up-to-date version of Adobe Reader.

You will need to be connected to the internet to access web links mentioned in this programme.

Learning intended for

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