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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Providing pharmacy services for secure environments

  • Released: 02/2012
  • Reviewed: 11/2023
  • Study time: 4h:0m
  • Standard price: £10.00
  • NHS England-funded price: £0.00

This e-learning aims to enable pharmacists and technicians to offer a safe and effective pharmacy service for people in secure environments.

Learning outcomes

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

  • list the different categories of prison and secure environment and explain the differences (include differences between public and private)
  • discuss the roles and responsibilities of different prison staff, including healthcare staff
  • describe the offender health pathway in relation to secure environments
  • contrast the health and social care needs in a secure environment with those in the general population
  • describe how prison health is regulated and how the prison regime impacts on healthcare delivery
  • describe the secure environment healthcare service and the role that pharmacy has to play
  • explain the risks associated with the storage, supply, administration and disposal of OTC medicines (including homely remedies), PGD medicines, POM medicines and controlled drugs in secure environments
  • describe the minimum qualifications of the healthcare staff who request, prescribe, supply and administer medicines in a secure environment.

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
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants