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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NHS repeat dispensing


  • Released: 11/2009
  • Reviewed: 12/2014
  • Study time: 6h:0m

This unit provides key information about repeat dispensing and the practical implications of implementing the service. It includes a number of useful templates that are available to download. If your learning community is multi-disciplinary, Booklet 2 provides activities which involve both pharmacy and GP practice teams. The unit considers: - the rules and regulations governing repeat dispensing - the practical implications of implementing a repeat dispensing service - how to provide a safe, efficient and expandable repeat dispensing service to patients and local prescribers.

Learning objectives

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

  • describe how the NHS repeat dispensing arrangements in England operate
  • identify the key service requirements of repeat dispensing
  • explain repeat dispensing (and its benefits) to a patient and assess if the service is suitable for them
  • implement a safe and efficient repeat dispensing service
  • write a standard operating procedure (SOP) for dispensing that adequately covers repeat dispensing
  • list the benefits, processes and potential issues associated with repeat dispensing from a prescriber, practice staff and pharmacy perspective.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees