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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Prescribing: maintaining competence and confidence

  • Released: 02/2017
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 4h:0m

This guide has been developed to help you to identify your learning and development needs and access relevant resources to address those needs. It details a comprehensive range of resources that will help you to update knowledge, develop skills and gather evidence of your competence to prescribe.

Although the guide has been developed with pharmacist prescribers in mind, prescribers from other professions will find the resources equally helpful.

Learning objectives

This guide will support you to:

  • identify personal learning needs in relation to prescribing
  • create an action plan to address identified learning needs
  • build a library of reliable, evidence-based information sources
  • plan actions that will build prescribing confidence.

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
  • CPPE registrants