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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Urgent care: a focus for pharmacy


  • Released: 09/2016
  • Reviewed: 07/2017
  • Study time: 6h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This learning programme aims to help you understand your role in urgent care and recognise the opportunities available to extend your scope of practice and provide effective support for people presenting with urgent care needs.

Learning objectives

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

  • outline the policy context that offers pharmacy the opportunity to engage more effectively in the delivery of urgent care services
  • review your practice from a customer/patient perspective and plan changes to engage in urgent care delivery
  • develop a team awareness of the opportunities for pharmacy in offering urgent care services
  • plan an evidence-based approach to the management of common conditions often presenting for urgent treatment
  • recognise how extending the scope of practice within pharmacy could change referral patterns for patients requiring urgent care
  • promote the role of pharmacy services in urgent care to patients, commissioners and other healthcare professionals
  • create an action plan for your learning development to enhance your practice to support urgent care.

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. If you open the PDF in Adobe Reader you can type notes in the answer boxes and save them by saving the PDF.

On your tablet device: If you would like to use 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 PDF Reader app on Apple devices and the Xodo PDF app on Android devices.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants