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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focal point workshop

Polypharmacy - focal point


  • Released: 03/2016
  • Reviewed: 08/2017
  • Study time: 5h:0m
  • Standard price: £120.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This programme will help pharmacy teams to develop the confidence, competence and communication skills to work in partnership with patients and other healthcare professionals to enable patients to get the most from their multiple medicines.

#CPPEpolypharmacy

Learning objectives

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

  • explain the terminology associated with polypharmacy and what it means for patients and the healthcare team
  • identify the causes and consequences of polypharmacy, in particular in relation to older people and the wider NHS
  • describe how polypharmacy fits with the medicines optimisation agenda
  • identify how you could use decision-making tools and strategies to support your practice
  • use effective communication and consultation skills to undertake patient-centred discussions
  • develop your own approach, relevant to your area of practice, to support patients on multiple medicines
  • identify the common medicines that cause problematic polypharmacy and patient hospital admissions
  • prioritise, in conjunction with the patient, what interventions to make by taking a holistic approach to optimising patient care.

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