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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distance learning

New medicine service - asthma and COPD


  • Released: 05/2013
  • Reviewed: 10/2018
  • Study time: 4h:0m
  • Standard price: £10.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This programme will provide learning and signposting to help pharmacists to conduct effective new medicine service (NMS) consultations for people taking respiratory medicines.

Learning objectives

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

  • identify the key issues for patients taking a new respiratory medicine
  • provide advice to patients to enable them to manage their condition effectively
  • find key resources to help you plan and deliver effective new medicine service consultations for people with respiratory disease
  • provide advice to people using a new inhaler and support them in ensuring they have an effective inhaler technique.

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 then type notes in the answer boxes and save them by saving the PDF. If you try and make changes in your browser, there is a strong likelihood of losing your work. 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