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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High-risk medicines and MURs


  • Released: 02/2013
  • Reviewed: 05/2017
  • Study time: 4h:0m
  • Standard price: £10.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this programme is to support pharmacy teams in improving their knowledge of high-risk medicines and help pharmacy professionals to identify how they can minimise adverse events and improve patient understanding. It also includes scenarios linked to the targeted high-risk medicines MUR to support your personal development and practice.

Learning objectives

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

  • define high-risk drugs and update your knowledge of them
  • determine what education and advice patients taking high-risk medication need
  • identify the signs and symptoms that would prompt a referral
  • implement actions to minimise risk to patients in your pharmacy
  • examine your professional judgement in the programme’s high-risk medicines scenarios and identify areas for self-development.

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.

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