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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e-course

General practice - the fundamentals of working with GPs


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  • Study time: 100h:0m
  • Start date: 09/09/2019

We have written this e-course to introduce the fundamentals of working in a GP practice. By working through the activities each week you will develop knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours to support your introduction to work in general practice.

The programme will cover NHS structure and general practice, introduction to local general practice, medicines optimisation, medication review, prescribing and repeat prescribing, prescribing data, clinical information technology systems, audits, evidence-based use of medicines, working with the multidisciplinary team and person-centred professionalism.

This programme has been developed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in GP surgeries, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and other primary care organisations. We also think that this programme is an excellent introduction to working in a GP surgery for community or hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are looking to move sector.

Learning objectives

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

  • understand NHS structure and the commissioning landscape in general practice
  • support the role general practice plays in delivering the prevention and public health agenda and signpost to other healthcare providers such as community pharmacy
  • define your local practice patient population and the roles and responsibilities of the practice team
  • identify the features of good-quality prescribing, repeat prescribing and repeat dispensing
  • use prescribing data to identify priorities to improve prescribing and patient care
  • access clinical IT systems to document activities and run searches
  • measure prescribing practice using audits
  • promote medicines optimisation to improve patient outcomes relating to medicines and to reduce waste
  • identify trusted sources of evidence-based information and communicate effectively with the multidisciplinary team
  • identify patients for medication review and support the multidisciplinary team to improve medication reviews
  • develop relationships with the wider multidisciplinary team and promote networking
  • demonstrate patient-centred professionalism.

How to use this programme

Our e-courses are run online. The programme runs in Canvas™ and you will be registered by CPPE and informed of your login details. This e-course is tutor supported. This means that you work through the course at a defined pace and are aided throughout by an experienced CPPE tutor. Each week you will be given reading and activities to complete and you will be able to network with other participants on the course. There is a menu on the left hand side of the page to navigate through each area and you can access each unit and its content separately.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians