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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Immunisation in pharmacies: developing your service


  • Released: 11/2015
  • Reviewed: 04/2018
  • Study time: 10h:0m
  • Standard price: £20.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this programme is to present the background to the principles of immunisation and explore what is involved in the setting up and running of an immunisation service.

Learning objectives

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

  • describe the range of infectious diseases that can be immunised against and know the resources to refer to in order to keep that information up to date
  • describe the immune response and immunisation
  • discuss the place of immunisation in the public health agenda
  • explain the role of community pharmacy in immunisation provision
  • describe the ideal community pharmacy setting for an immunisation service
  • outline the community pharmacy flu vaccination service
  • list the practicalities of setting up an immunisation service in community pharmacies
  • discuss how to maximise the potential opportunities and overcome the potential challenges in setting up and running the service
  • explain how an immunisation service should be maintained, monitored and audited, including how to maintain competence in injection technique, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and anaphylaxis management.

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. If you open the PDF in Adobe Reader you can type notes in the answer boxes and save them by saving the PDF.

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 and found that it works in the PDF Reader app on Apple devices and the Xodo PDF app on Android devices.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants