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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Over-the-counter desogestrel progestogen-only pills case study

  • Released: 11/2022
  • Reviewed: 08/2023
  • Study time: 1h:0m

This programme supports pharmacy professionals selling the desogestrel progestogen-only pill over the counter. This one-hour e-learning covers key messages about long-acting reversible contraception and prevention of sexually transmitted infections, as well as factors that may be important to people.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe circumstances when desogestrel progestogen-only pills can be sold over the counter
  • explain key information to share with the person when supplying desogestrel progestogen-only pills
  • demonstrate a person-centred approach by applying your knowledge to a case study.

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
  • CPPE registrants