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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distance learning

Learning disabilities


  • Released: 10/2016
  • Reviewed: 10/2020
  • Study time: 8h:0m
  • Standard price: £20.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This distance learning programme will enable you to support people with a learning disability and their families to manage behaviours that challenge, in line with National Institute of Health and Care Excellence guidance. It will also empower you to adopt a holistic approach to medicines optimisation to help people with a learning disability to be involved in the consultation when they can and to make the most of their medicines.

Learning objectives

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

  • categorise a range of learning disabilities and the differences in capability that can occur in each of these
  • describe key policy drivers that support change in the management of people with a learning disability
  • explain consent to a person with a learning disability and recognise when to involve family members, carers and support workers in the consultation
  • demonstrate patient-centred consultation skills and behaviours to meet the needs of people with a learning disability
  • promote physical health and wellbeing and support patients to manage their concurrent physical health conditions
  • identify people with a learning disability and concurrent mental health disorder and provide them with advice and support
  • support people with a learning disability and their families to manage behaviour that challenges, in line with National Institute of Health and Care Excellence guidance
  • explain the importance of a holistic approach to medicines optimisation as a strategy to help people with a learning disability make the most of their medicines.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can open this programme as a PDF in your web browser. We recommend that you download and save it to your computer and access it through Adobe Reader. You can then type notes in the answer boxes and save them by saving the PDF. If you try and make changes in your browser, there is a strong likelihood of losing your work. To make the most of the interactive features in this programme, please make sure you are using the most up-to-date version of Adobe Reader.

You will need to be connected to the internet to access web links mentioned in this programme.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants