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.

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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Contraception services

  • Released: 10/2016
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 4h:0m
  • Standard price: £500.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

Pharmacists around the country have been involved in a variety of contraception services. This event will help pharmacists, pre-registration trainees and pharmacy technicians to prepare themselves to run the particular service planned for their area.

Learning objectives

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

  • explain the different types and methods of hormonal and nonhormonal contraception, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), their use, advantages, failure rates and complications
  • take a detailed medical history that includes a minimum of blood pressure measurement, body mass index (BMI) calculation, age, smoking status, family medical history, current medical conditions and previous/current medicines history
  • assess suitability of oral contraception for clients, compared with other methods, and tailor provision of medication from a patient group direction (PGD) list of medicines, and in accordance with the needs of individual clients
  • provide information and guidance to allow a client to make an informed choice as to the most appropriate form of contraception
  • counsel and advise on regular methods of contraception, emergency contraception and safer sex
  • communicate with clients appropriately and sensitively, including respecting the process of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • support your pharmacy team in the delivery of a safe and effective service
  • know when to refer clients and when to ask for support and advice
  • apply the medico-legal aspects of medicine provision in accordance with a patient group direction, or as a non-medical prescriber
  • demonstrate knowledge of the clinical content of the relevant patient group direction(s) if applicable.

How to use this programme

You can download the materials you will need to run your event including a facilitator’s guide and any relevant presentations

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees