NHS priorities

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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Pharmacy technicians: using patient group directions in practice

  • Released: 03/2024
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 1h:30m

This programme supports pharmacy technicians to develop confidence to work under patient group directions (PGDs). It provides examples of opportunities to use PGDs in practice, and uses activities that aim to empower them to work under PGDs to increase capacity within the healthcare team for person-centred care.

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain how the legislation and regulatory framework applies to pharmacy technicians working under a PGD
  • describe how pharmacy technician roles contribute to services using PGDs
  • apply a person-centred approach to consultations involving a PGD
  • develop an action plan to support you to use PGDs in practice.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can access this e-learning programme through your web browser on your computer. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it. You may be taken to another website to complete this programme.

On your tablet device: To access this programme on a mobile device or tablet you may need to download the free Articulate app or you can access this programme through your web browser. If you access this programme on a device with a smaller screen, functionality may be reduced.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians