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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Care homes: supporting people, optimising medicines

  • Released: 05/2016
  • Reviewed: 08/2021
  • Study time: 4h:0m
  • Standard price: £10.00
  • NHS England-funded price: £0.00

We are currently updating this programme. If you haven't started working through this programme, we recommend you wait until it has been updated. If you have already started working through this programme and find links to external webpages or documents that are broken, please go to the organisation's homepage or your preferred search engine and use appropriate key words to search the releavant item. The updated e-learning programme will be available early March 2024.

The aim of this learning programme is to update your knowledge about working with care homes, the roles and responsibilities of the teams involved and the legal issues, guidance and regulations surrounding medicines in care homes. Through practice-based activities the programme supports you to use that knowledge in care homes and help residents make the most out of their medicines.

Learning outcomes

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

  • present an overview of social and healthcare teams involved in care homes, including specific details for your local area
  • recognise the responsibilities of the pharmacy team within care homes
  • demonstrate an understanding of the policies, processes and legislation relating to care homes by creating a plan to apply in your practice
  • describe safe and effective processes for the management of medicines in care homes and understand how these processes link to community pharmacies and general practices
  • identify the steps and people involved in the medicines review process in care homes, and how this supports medicines optimisation
  • explain the roles of the people involved in the care of residents and the management of their medicines in a care home and describe how the pharmacy team can communicate effectively with them to reduce medicines-related problems.

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