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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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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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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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Antibacterials - focal point


  • Released: 12/2013
  • Reviewed: 07/2016
  • Study time: 5h:30m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This programme will help you to support other healthcare professionals and patients to optimise outcomes from antibiotic therapy and to minimise harm, while developing your understanding of antimicrobial resistance and stewardship.

Learning objectives

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

  • name the major classes of antibacterials and describe their mode of action
  • name the empirical therapy for common bacterial infections
  • list five patient factors that should be considered when dispensing antibacterial therapy
  • apply national and local antimicrobial guidelines to the management of patients
  • discuss antibacterial medicines optimisation issues with prescribers, including the choice of antimicrobial, the route of administration, the dose and duration of treatment
  • discuss the issues involved in antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections and how antimicrobial stewardship can reduce the impact of these
  • apply antimicrobial stewardship in a community setting
  • explain key messages to help educate patients regarding appropriate use of antibiotics.

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 view it through Adobe Reader.

On your tablet device: If you would like to view 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 Adobe Reader app on Android and Apple devices and the PDF Reader app on Apple devices.

Learning intended for

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