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.

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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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Hypertension medicines optimisation

  • Released: 03/2015
  • Reviewed: 11/2016
  • Study time: 3h:30m
  • Standard price: £120.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this programme is to support healthcare professionals to improve their knowledge of the risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, management and monitoring of hypertension to improve patient outcomes.


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 regimens, 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

When you book onto this workshop you will be able to access the resources that you need to complete your learning. If there is a pre-workshop book associated with your workshop, then this will be sent to you in the post and you will also be able to download it in PDF form.

At the workshop your facilitator will provide any materials for you to refer to and complete during the event.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees