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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Mental health cards


This programme is designed for pharmacy professionals in all sectors to gain new insights into different areas of mental health and how you, in your own setting and practice, can can make a difference to people with these, often invisible, conditions.

The cards focus on different areas of support for people living with mental health conditions.

Learning objectives

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

  • define a range of mental health conditions and recognise the impact that these can have on people's lives
  • identify appropriate support options that you can offer to people with different mental health conditions
  • demonstrate patient-centred consultation skills to engage people living with mental health conditions
  • promote physical health and wellbeing as part of a treatment regime and encourage positive lifestyle choices
  • provide mental health first aid to people in a crisis situation
  • explain the importance of medicines optimisation as a strategy to support people living with mental health conditions
  • support a non-discriminatory approach to people with mental health conditions, both inside and outside of the workplace.

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