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.


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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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e-course

New medicine service: improving quality and getting it right


  • Released: 07/2015
  • Study time: 32h:0m
  • Start date: 11/09/2017

The overall aim of this course is to equip you with the key knowledge, skills and behaviours to support patients prescribed a new medicine for the first time and enable you and the pharmacy team to deliver a patient-centred, high-quality new medicine service.

Learning objectives

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

  • describe the evidence base and background to the development of the new medicine service and the expected outcomes
  • explain the key role the pharmacy team has in supporting patients with adherence and helping them to make decisions about their medicines
  • consider the key skills and behaviours required to ensure quality in delivery and improved patient outcomes
  • undertake a patient-centred approach to support individuals with their medicines
  • apply the national practice standards for consultation skills within the NMS consultation
  • feel confident in your knowledge of adverse drug reactions and how to consider these appropriately within your consultation
  • have a clear plan of how to take a collaborative approach to implementation and delivery of a high-quality service.

How to use this programme

Once you have booked your place you will be emailed a link to log on to the Canvas learning environment – the online platform used by CPPE to host e-courses.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees