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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Sexual health in pharmacies

  • Released: 10/2015
  • Reviewed: 10/2023
  • Study time: 6h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS England-funded price: £0.00

The aim of this programme is to equip pharmacy professionals and their teams with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high-quality, person-centred sexual health services.

Emergency contraception

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe the role and responsibilities of pharmacies in providing sexual health services in the context of national and local policies and applying current relevant guidance
  • access local and national sexual health data to understand service gaps
  • map and make links with your local sexual health network and referral pathways to ensure seamless client care
  • train your staff to respond confidently and appropriately to the sexual health needs of clients
  • create a welcoming, non-judgemental, supportive environment for sexual health consultations
  • carry out client-centred consultations to meet client needs, balancing the need for confidentiality with safeguarding considerations and identifying warning signs of child sexual exploitation and relationship abuse
  • take an accurate and purposeful sexual history and identify risks and symptoms/situations requiring referral
  • list risk factors, signs, symptoms, consequences and treatment options for relevant STIs, how to test for them and what to do with the results, including your role in partner notification (PN)
  • promote advice on minimising risk and safer sex at every opportunity
  • develop a standard operating procedure for your sexual health service.

How to use this programme

You can access this e-learning programme using a web browser on any device. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants