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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New medicine service: Getting it right

  • Released: 10/2016
  • Reviewed: 10/2020
  • Study time: 5h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This guide is currently being updated in response to the changes to the New medicine service from 1 September 2021. The updated version will be available from 1 October 2021, please revisit this page after that date.

The purpose of this guide is to support pharmacists who want to provide a high-quality new medicine service (NMS). This guide provides you with general information about the NMS and will signpost you to the most appropriate places to find learning and other key resources.

Learning objectives

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

  • identify key resources for your learning on the NMS
  • describe the background, expected outcomes and evidence base for the NMS
  • outline the professional and legal requirements for providing the NMS
  • explain the key role the pharmacy team has in supporting patients with adherence and helping them to make decisions about their medicines
  • undertake a patient-centred approach to support individuals with their medicines
  • apply the learning from this guide in order to complete the self-assessment framework and provide a quality service.

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
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants