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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  • Released: 12/2015
  • Reviewed: 03/2024
  • Study time: 6h:0m

This e-learning programme aims to equip you with the up-to-date skills and knowledge that you need to confidently support and advise patients who use or might use contraception. It contributes to the completion of your Declaration of Competence to provide oral contraception and emergency contraception services. 

CPPE also has learning programmes on sexual health and emergency contraception.

Sexual health
Emergency contraception

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe how to ensure a patient-centred approach when providing contraception advice and services
  • describe the different types and methods of contraception and their use, risks and benefits
  • identify and use key current reference sources to maintain up-to-date knowledge about different forms of contraception
  • confidently deal with common issues encountered when providing effective contraception advice and services
  • use evidence-based judgement to decide when to refer a patient and identify patients who require other contraception services.

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
  • CPPE registrants