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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Pharmaceutical care of the eye


  • Study time: 9h:0m
  • Only available to GPhC members

This programme aims to provide pharmacy teams with an overview of the most common conditions that affect the human eye and to understand the principles behind the drug management of these conditions. It will enable pharmacy teams to provide advice and information to patients with eye conditions to help patients to manage their condition and use their medicines more effectively.

Please note: this learning programme has been developed and provided by the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD). Users should recognise that this programme will refer to Northern Ireland's policies and organisations.

Learning objectives

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

  • understand the structure of the human eye and the process by which sight is achieved
  • understand the most common conditions affecting the human eye and differentiate minor eye conditions from more serious conditions that will require GP referral
  • identify drug-induced eye problems
  • outline OTC drug therapy available to treat common eye conditions
  • prepare standard operating procedures for safe and effective provision of appropriate OTC medicines
  • outline POM drug therapy available to treat common eye conditions
  • provide advice and information to patients suffering from eye conditions to enable self-care, correct use of eye drops, and promote effective medication use
  • highlight opportunities for greater partnership between pharmacists, GPs and optometrists in the patient management process.

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 view it through Adobe Reader.

On your tablet device: If you would like to view 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 and found that it works in the Adobe Reader app on Android and Apple devices and the PDF Reader app on Apple devices.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees