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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COPD - new medicines

  • Released: 03/2014
  • Reviewed: 10/2017
  • Study time: 2h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The focus of this learning programme is to consider how evidence-based use of the newer chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatments can enhance the quality of life for patients, prevent progression and prolong survival.

COPD - new medicines includes a podcast discussing new medicines, therapy and medicines optimisation for COPD, and a patient perspective video. It contains case studies considering decision making and transfer of care. Activities to support local formulary management and actions to reduce waste will help you formulate an action plan for supporting medicines optimisation and evidence based treatments.

This programme has been developed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in primary care settings, such as clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), area teams, GP surgeries, community services teams or primary care organisations, both commissioning and providing services.

Learning objectives

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

  • explain the evidence base underpinning newer inhaled treatments for COPD and how they fit in with NICE guidance
  • identify the suitability of newer inhaled treatments for COPD
  • outline the key points for medicines optimisation relating to COPD
  • list key resources to support medicines optimisation in this area of practice
  • develop an action plan to improve medicines optimisation for COPD to reduce hospital admissions.

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 access it through Adobe Reader. You can type notes in the answer boxes and save them by saving the PDF. To make the most of the interactive features in this programme, please make sure you are using the most up-to-date version of Adobe Reader.

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 on Apple and Android devices and found that it works in the Adobe Reader app.

You will need to be connected to the internet to access web links mentioned in this programme.

Learning intended for

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