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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NHS Pharmacy First: Clinical assessment and examination skills full-day workshop

  • Released: 06/2024
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 20h:0m

The aim of this learning programme is to support pharmacists to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to undertake effective consultations, communications and clinical assessments in order to provide the NHS Pharmacy First service.

You will need to bring along your own otoscope to use during the workshop – this is important to ensure that you have adequate time available to practise examination skills.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to book this workshop if you have already attended the Ear, nose and throat examination: advancing clinical assessment skills workshop or the NHS Pharmacy First: Clinical assessment – essential skills online workshop.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe the clinical history-taking process
  • apply tools and techniques to demonstrate a structured person-centred approach to clinical history taking
  • apply evidence-based practice and relevant guidance to support clinical reasoning, engage the person in shared decision making and promote self-care during a consultation
  • demonstrate a range of clinical examination skills, including ear nose and throat
  • interpret and apply clinical assessment test results and findings to aid clinical diagnosis and decision making
  • explain the significance of red flags in the consultation 
  • demonstrate a safe and effective closure to the consultation, including safety netting, signposting and onward referral to the relevant member of the multidisciplinary team when necessary
  • complete an accurate and concise clinical record to support data sharing and transfer of care across healthcare settings.

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
  • Trainee pharmacists