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distance learning

Hypertension - learning@lunch flex


  • Released: 01/2015
  • Reviewed: 11/2016
  • Study time: 3h:30m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this programme is to support you in improving your knowledge of the initiation, titration and monitoring of antihypertensive medicine, while highlighting non-pharmacological methods of reducing blood pressure.

Learning objectives

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

  • define stage 1, stage 2 and severe hypertension, distinguishing between essential and secondary hypertension
  • know when, and what medicine to start as first-line antihypertensive treatment, and describe additional medicine if blood pressure targets are not achieved
  • advise on dosing regimes, monitoring requirements, and contraindications to common antihypertensive medicines, taking into consideration special populations
  • explain to patients and carers relevant lifestyle measures to reduce blood pressure
  • identify cardiovascular risk factors and provide advice to patients and carers on managing and reducing these risk factors
  • demonstrate a patient-centred approach to ensure patients get the most from their treatment.

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