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.

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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distance learning

Atrial fibrillation: applying a patient-centred approach - learning@lunch flex module


  • Released: 04/2015
  • Study time: 3h:30m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The purpose of this programme is to support the pharmacy team and other healthcare professionals in advancing their knowledge and skills in the diagnosis, classification and management of atrial fibrillation in order to provide a personalised care package for each patient.

Learning objectives

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

  • describe the risk factors, signs and symptoms and diagnosis associated with atrial fibrillation
  • identify the goals of atrial fibrillation management and use a patient-centred approach to offer a personalised care package
  • apply nationally approved tools to assess stroke and bleeding risk in patients with atrial fibrillation
  • describe the recommended treatment options for patients requiring anticoagulation for stroke prevention
  • explain the appropriate management options for atrial fibrillation, including rate versus rhythm control
  • communicate the benefits and the risks of atrial fibrillation management to patients to enable shared decision making
  • support medicines optimisation by applying your knowledge of adverse effects and monitoring of atrial fibrillation therapies.

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