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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e-learning

The management of insomnia in the community pharmacy


  • Study time: 1h:0m

The purpose of this e-lecture is to improve the knowledge of the pharmacy team regarding insomnia and to support them when counselling patients experiencing sleep difficulties. The programme includes advice on sleep hygiene, over-the-counter products and herbal preparations used to manage insomnia and prescribed hypnotics.

Learning objectives

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

  • describe the nature of insomnia
  • appreciate the extent of the problem in the general population
  • advise adults on sleep hygiene
  • understand the prescribed and over-the-counter treatment options for insomnia
  • counsel patients on using treatment options safely and appropriately.

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.

Learning intended for

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