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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distance learning


  • Released: 09/2015
  • Reviewed: 03/2020
  • Study time: 10h:0m
  • Standard price: £20.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This programme focuses on how you and your pharmacy team can raise awareness of cancer and help to identify people at risk of developing cancer – with an overview of the most common cancers in the UK.

This cancer distance learning programme was developed in 2015. Since this date there have been an increasing number of new and novel treatments for the cancer. The fundamental basics covered within the programme are still relevant today, however we urge you to consider that newer therapies are now available such as immunotherapies which come with a very different set of side effects.

The programme is currently under review and it is planned to be updated at the earliest opportunity post Covid19. Please do check back and look out for your emails for the new version.

Learning objectives

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

  • support and empower patients and carers living with and surviving cancer
  • explain your role in early detection, prevention, screening and risk reduction of cancer and signpost patients to appropriate resources
  • provide holistic management for cancer patients and carers, while ensuring a shared care decision-making approach
  • demonstrate a person-centred approach when discussing the patient’s illness and choice of therapy
  • describe the most common cancers in the UK and in your locality
  • consider how you would share your knowledge with the rest of the pharmacy team
  • reflect on your role in the management of patients and carers with cancer, with particular reference to appropriate therapy and side-effects.

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