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

Medicines optimisation - helping people get the most from their medicines


  • Released: 04/2017
  • Reviewed: 06/2018
  • Study time: 3h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this e-learning programme is to consider the concept of medicines optimisation. You will then plan your own development so you can practice medicines optimisation routinely to improve outcomes for your patients.

Learning objectives

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

  • explain what is meant by the term medicines optimisation and why it is important to improve patient outcomes
  • access the national guidance and tools supporting medicines optimisation
  • discuss how you can use future and innovative models of care to deliver medicines optimisation for your patients and local population
  • describe the importance of patient-centred care, shared decision making and consultation skills in optimising medicines
  • explain the need for effective communication between health and social care practitioners across all care settings.

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.

On your tablet device: If you would like to access this programme on your Apple device you will need to download the free Articulate app. When you access the programme through the website, it will automatically open in Articulate. You can access this programme through your web browser on your Android device. Although you can access this programme on devices with smaller screens, we do not recommend this as there could be limitations to what you can view.

Learning intended for

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