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: 11/2019
  • Reviewed: 09/2021
  • Study time: 5h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This programme will support you to better understand the different types of dementia and the associated risk factors. You will develop your knowledge on how to apply a holistic approach to the management of people living with dementia to deliver improved outcomes and support people with dementia and their carers.


Learning outcomes

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

  • recognise the signs and symptoms of the different types of dementia, disease progression and the importance of an early diagnosis
  • describe the lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing dementia and how you can support people and carers to adopt these
  • outline the different holistic and pharmacological treatment options for patients with dementia and evaluate their place in practice
  • review the ways in which pharmacy teams can improve the outcomes for people living with dementia
  • support people living with dementia, their families and carers by signposting them to appropriate resources and information.

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 and view it through Adobe Reader.

On your tablet device: If you would like to view 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 Adobe Reader app on Android and Apple devices and the PDF Reader app on Apple devices.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants