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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Medicines optimisation in care homes essential skills

  • Released: 12/2018
  • Reviewed: 07/2020
  • Study time: 8h:0m

The aim of this event is to support clinical pharmacists working in primary care to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to implement strategies to optimise medicines use for people living in care homes.

Learning objectives

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

  • identify and work with local health and social care providers to improve outcomes for older people living in care homes
  • prioritise people living in care homes for medication review
  • undertake person-centred medication reviews
  • advise on the need for low-dose antipsychotics for people with dementia
  • assess frailty and the safety and clinical appropriateness of medicines in frail older people
  • recognise malnutrition in people living in care homes
  • deal appropriately with a request to crush tablets for those with swallowing difficulties.

How to use this programme

When you book onto this workshop you will be able to access the resources that you need to complete your learning. If there is a pre-workshop book associated with your workshop, then this will be sent to you in the post and you will also be able to download it in PDF form.

At the workshop your facilitator will provide any materials for you to refer to and complete during the event.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians