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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Learning disabilities - supporting people with a learning disability to optimise their medicines


  • Released: 09/2016
  • Reviewed: 07/2018
  • Study time: 2h:0m

The overall aim of this programme is to raise your awareness of the challenges faced by people with a learning disability in using medicines, especially those with long-term conditions or taking multiple medicines. This will enable you to support people with a learning disability to optimise their medicines and health and wellbeing.

If you want to receive hard copies of these materials for you and your colleagues please access them through the Learning communities section of our website.

Learning objectives

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

  • identify strategies to support people with a learning disability (and their carers) to optimise their medicines and health and wellbeing
  • apply verbal and non-verbal communication techniques to engage people with a learning disability in discussions about their medicines
  • describe how to appropriately involve carers, family members and support workers in the consultation, and identify how to gain consent to do this.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees