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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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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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distance learning

Heart failure - learning@lunch module


  • Released: 12/2013
  • Reviewed: 05/2016
  • Study time: 5h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This programme will help you develop a better understanding of your role in dealing with patients with heart failure from a patient-centred and holistic perspective.

Learning objectives

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

  • recognise the signs, symptoms and complications of heart failure
  • describe the investigations and clinical features used to diagnose heart failure
  • describe the clinical management of patients with heart failure
  • discuss the non-pharmacological approaches to the treatment of heart failure
  • explain the role of the healthcare team in the clinical and self-management approaches to the care of patients with heart failure
  • identify risks relating to medicines when patients transfer between care settings
  • identify opportunities for joint working to optimise medicines and improve medicines safety
  • apply your knowledge of heart failure management to optimise medicines in the following case studies: acute admission and transfer to primary care, and palliative care in heart failure.

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
  • CPPE registrants