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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Cancer: supporting people with early diagnosis

  • Released: 02/2023
  • Reviewed: 04/2024
  • Study time: 2h:0m

This programme enables pharmacy professionals working across all practice settings to identify people who may have signs or symptoms of cancer and support them to access services that facilitate early cancer diagnosis. The programme also explores the national cancer screening programmes currently available, what people can expect from these and how pharmacy professionals can promote screening uptake.

Learning outcomes

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

  • recognise situations, including presentation with red flag symptoms for specific cancers, where you need to have a conversation with a person about referral for further investigation
  • identify people who have additional barriers to accessing initial investigation of symptoms and tailor support to their individual needs
  • determine when a person needs to be referred to a local health and care pathway and the process for referral in your practice setting
  • recognise misconceptions about cancer diagnosis and the impact this may have on people’s behaviour
  • support people to access national cancer screening programmes
  • respond effectively when dealing with barriers and challenges in conversations about cancer investigation or screening.

How to use this programme

You can access this e-learning programme using a web browser on any device. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists