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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.

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online workshop

Identifying and managing patients at risk of or with cardiovascular disease


  • Released: 10/2021
  • Reviewed: N/A

These three linked events supports pharmacy professionals working in all sectors of healthcare to help identify those patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease and to implement strategies which will address modifiable risk factors and optimise their medical management to reduce the likelihood of an adverse cardiac event.

When you make your booking you are commiting to attend all three events. Dates are as follows:

  • 12th January, Atrial fibrillation, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • 19th January, Hypertension, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • 26th January, Cholesterol, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
      • or

      • 9th March, Atrial fibrillation, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
      • 16th March, Hypertension, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
      • 23rd March, Cholesterol, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
        • The content of the sessions will be tailored to help support primary care teams deliver on the cardiovascular ambitions outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan and meet the requirements of the CVD PCN DES which will come into effect from October 2021 with a focus on hypertension, followed by atrial fibrillation and hypercholesterolaemia from April 2022.

          These events are being developed and run in collaboration with the WMAHSN.

          Learning outcomes

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

          • demonstrate an understanding of the priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan with regards to the detection and management of high-risk conditions associated with cardiovascular disease (atrial fibrillation, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia)
          • consider approaches to support
          • state the relative benefits of different lifestyle modifications to reduce cardiovascular disease burden
          • analyse clinical and patient information for people with cardiovascular disease and understand how to apply this to their management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological)
          • conduct person-centred consultations to support patients to reduce their cardiovascular disease risk
          • be aware of the projects available locally to help you support your patients.

          How to use this programme

          Our online workshops are run using Zoom. Before your workshop, you will receive an email from the lead tutor inviting you to register for the Zoom event. You must complete this registration in advance, or you will be unable to access the session. Please make a note of the lead tutor’s name when you book so that you can contact them if you do not receive the Zoom registration link.

          Please note:

          • You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the online workshop.
          • To get the most from this workshop we recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer.
          • You will be expected to put your camera on for some or all of the event.
          • This event must not be undertaken while travelling, or in a public place.

          If you register for this event you must cancel your place if you cannot attend. Failure to do this may result in restrictions being placed on your CPPE account.

          Learning intended for

          • Pharmacists
          • Pharmacy technicians
          • Trainee pharmacists