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Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality 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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Introduction to appropriate polypharmacy

  • Released: 03/2024
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 2h:0m

The aim of this learning programme is to help you support people taking multiple medicines to get the most out of their medicines and increase your confidence in addressing potentially problematic polypharmacy.

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain the terminology associated with polypharmacy
  • recognise the factors that contribute to problematic polypharmacy
  • identify people in your area of practice with problematic polypharmacy
  • take a person-centred approach to understanding the impact of polypharmacy
  • apply appropriate tools and resources to work in partnership with people to manage their multiple medicines.

How to use this programme

You can access this e-learning programme using a web browser on any device. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists

Please watch the video before accessing the programme.