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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Antimicrobial stewardship

  • Released: 09/2016
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 2h:0m

The overall aim of this programme is to support you to develop your skills to engage with patients and the public about antimicrobial stewardship and develop your knowledge and skills to optimise the prescribing of antimicrobials.

If you want to receive hard copies of these materials for you and your colleagues please access them through the Learning communities section of our website.

Learning objectives

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

  • debate current issues surrounding the use of antibiotics and look at different approaches that are used in practice
  • assess how the antimicrobial toolkit (TARGET toolkit) can be used to engage and educate patients, and discuss how to promote awareness of antimicrobial stewardship to patients and the public
  • familiarise yourself with local antimicrobial resistance, stewardship initiatives and national guidance
  • examine national and local antimicrobial guidelines for a common infectio
  • discuss how to engage and support the multidisciplinary team to optimise prescribing of antimicrobials.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees