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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  • Released: 12/2012
  • Reviewed: 02/2021
  • Study time: 6h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The purpose of this e-learning programme is to provide you with a better understanding of how HIV infection may affect patients you encounter. It will also help you to deal with clinical and practical issues which arise in the acute setting.

Learning objectives

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

  • summarise how HIV replicates and affects the immune system
  • explain when antiretroviral therapy should be started and the main parameters that should be monitored
  • state the main classes and combinations of antiretroviral therapy, and their most common side-effects
  • describe prophylaxis and treatment for three opportunistic infections
  • explain when post-exposure prophylaxis is indicated and how to access it in an emergency within your workplace
  • briefly discuss the approach to the treatment of HIV infection in pregnant women
  • apply your knowledge to two or more HIV case studies: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia, confidentiality, tuberculosis, post-exposure prophylaxis.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can access this e-learning  programme through your web browser on your computer. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it. You may be taken to another website to complete this programme.

On your tablet device: To access this programme on a mobile device or tablet you may need to download the free Articulate app or you can access this programme through your web browser. If you access this programme on a device with a smaller screen, functionality may be reduced.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants