NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality 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.

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Biochemistry: Section 3

  • Study time: 3h:0m
  • Only available to GPhC members

The aim of this e-learning programme is to provide learners with a basic awareness of important blood tests and how to interpret them in order to support the diagnosis and management of patients. Section 3 covers thyroid function tests, bone function tests and therapeutic drug monitoring.

There are three sections which make up this learning programme. To access the other sections, select the links below:

Section 1 covers full blood count, inflammatory markers and coagulation.

Section 2 covers chronic disease markers, urea and electrolytes and liver function tests.

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the Welsh Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE). Users should recognise that this programme may refer to Welsh policies and organisations. CPPE does not maintain control over the accuracy and currency of this programme.

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain the importance of laboratory testing in diagnostics and patient monitoring
  • demonstrate understanding of the theoretical basis of and varied approach to investigation and monitoring of interventions
  • advise on the appropriate treatment of patients with abnormal test results
  • recognise the drugs that require therapeutic drug monitoring.

How to use this programme

You can access this e-learning programme using a web browser on any device. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists