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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How to use the BNF

  • Study time: 1h:30m

In this learning programme you will explore the main changes in structure to the BNF website, the latest BNF app and the latest edition of the book.

BNF 70 marks a fundamental change to the structure of the content. The changes have been made to bring consistency and clarity to BNF content, and to the way that the content is arranged within print and digital products.

This interactive programme uses case studies to explore the key changes made to the BNF in its printed, online format and the latest app.

Learning objectives

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

  • select an appropriate choice of treatment for the management of a condition, taking into account contraindications and cautions
  • determine the appropriate dose for a specific indication and patient group
  • find information about the unlicensed use of a drug
  • find information about a specific preparation and any relevant patient and carer advice
  • find pre-treatment screening before starting a medicine and the appropriate monitoring requirements of a medicine for different indications
  • find information to make an appropriate choice of treatment for the management of a condition, taking into account allergy information and interactions between drugs.

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

Please watch the video before accessing the programme.