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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Learning about stop smoking support

  • Released: 05/2011
  • Reviewed: 12/2020
  • Study time: 1h:0m
  • Standard price: £5.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this guide is to support pharmacy professionals who want to learn how to provide high-quality smoking cessation advice. The guide will signpost you to the most appropriate places for your learning and to other key resources that you need to provide an effective, evidence-based service.

If you want to complete the NCSCT practitioners' training and assessment programme you can access it at Stop smoking NCSCT practitioners' assessment - knowledge and skills.

Learning outcomes

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

  • identify the most appropriate route for your learning about smoking cessation
  • describe the role of the NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training
  • apply the Standard Treatment Programme for the provision of good quality smoking cessation support
  • identify the Department of Health priority target groups for smoking cessation
  • outline the Department of Health’s recommendations for interventions including the provision of pharmacotherapy.

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
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants