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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Optimising infection management

  • Released: 03/2024
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 5h:0m

The aim of this programme is to develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to optimise infection management in primary care by interpreting antimicrobial prescribing metrics, identifying quality improvement opportunities, and recognising infection prevention and control as an integral part of antimicrobial stewardship. 

Please note: If you are currently enrolled on the Primary care pharmacy education pathway, you can attend this workshop because the content is not covered in the pathway. However, this workshop cannot be included in your protected study hours.


Learning outcomes

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

  • describe the main goals of antimicrobial stewardship
  • plan training for your practice team to improve infection prevention and control
  • identify the key metrics used to monitor antimicrobial prescribing in primary care
  • use antimicrobial prescribing data and other resources to identify quality improvement opportunities in infection management in your practice  
  • initiate a person-centred conversation about antimicrobial stewardship, including infection prevention and control
  • use existing tools and resources to support changes in infection management in your practice
  • develop an action plan to support effective antimicrobial stewardship in your practice, sharing your learning and experiences across your local network.

How to use this programme

When you book onto this workshop, you will be able to access the resources that you need to complete your learning from My Bookings. If there is a pre-workshop book associated with your workshop, you will be able to download it in PDF form.

At the workshop your facilitator will provide any materials for you to refer to and complete during the event.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists