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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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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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focal point workshop

Palliative care - focal point

  • Released: 02/2015
  • Reviewed: 06/2017
  • Study time: 5h:0m
  • Standard price: £120.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This programme focuses on symptoms associated with conditions requiring palliative care management and treatments to manage these symptoms, as well as reflecting on how you can impact on end-of-life conditions.


Learning objectives

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

  • explain the aims and approaches of palliative care
  • describe the aetiology of common palliative care symptoms and emergencies and their management strategies
  • advise healthcare professionals about appropriate opioid dose conversions
  • advise healthcare professionals about medicine compatibilities in syringe drivers
  • engage with patients/carers to discuss their condition, choice of medicines, duration and withdrawal of treatment
  • recognise the main sources of psychological distress in patients who have entered the palliative care stage in the course of their illness
  • explain the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care pain and symptom management
  • contribute to advanced care planning provision in your local area
  • signpost family members/carers for further advice and support.

How to use this programme

When you book onto this workshop you will be able to access the resources that you need to complete your learning. If there is a pre-workshop book associated with your workshop, then this will be sent to you in the post and you will also be able to download it in PDF form.

At the workshop your facilitator will provide any materials for you to refer to and complete during the event.

You can also access this programme through your learning community.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees