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

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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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online workshop


  • Released: 07/2019
  • Reviewed: 03/2021
  • Study time: 2h:0m

At least a third of the population will experience an episode of mild depression during their lifetime. The burden imposed on family, carers and the wider society is reduced if depression is recognised early and treated effectively. This programme will equip pharmacists to identify how they can address the concerns of people with depression, optimise their medicines and achieve better health outcomes.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe how to address the challenges involved when consulting with people with depression
  • summarise the benefits and risks of common antidepressant drugs
  • engage in discussion about treatment options with people with depression that meet their needs
  • discuss how you will apply your learning to improve your practice and use this to contribute to your continuing professional development and revalidation.

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