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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e-learning

Transfer of care: supporting patients moving into and out of hospital


  • Released: 05/2015
  • Reviewed: 04/2019
  • Study time: 2h:0m
  • Standard price: £10.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this programme is to enable pharmacy teams from all sectors to facilitate safe and effective transfer of care for patients when they move care setting.

In this programme we consider:

  • why transfer of care needs to improve
  • what a good transfer-of-care process for information about medicines should look like
  • what actions pharmacy professionals need to take to make this happen.

We look at the tools and resources available to help you get the right processes in place and support patients effectively, particularly after discharge back into the community.

Learning objectives

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

  • describe three reasons why transfer of care needs to improve and how pharmacy as a profession can help
  • outline the roles of pharmacy professionals in different settings with respect to transfer of care
  • describe what the pathway should look like for good transfer of care
  • identify processes and standard operating procedures (SOPs) required to implement a good transfer-of-care pathway
  • identify people, processes and services to support transfer of care in your locality
  • interpret hospital discharge summaries and use the information to optimise patients' benefit from medicines and minimise risk when they transfer back into the community
  • identify tools and resources to help you support transfer of care and patient outcomes
  • signpost patients to support services offered by pharmacies after discharge from hospital.

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
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants