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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distance learning

Effective management of over-the-counter (OTC) consultations

  • Study time: 3h:0m
  • Only available to GPhC members

This programme has been developed by NHS Education for Scotland to support you in the management of over-the-counter (OTC) consultations. The programme includes a distance learning pack providing information and suggestions to help you refresh your management of OTC consultations, and a prescription-only medicine to pharmacy (POM to P) product guide for specific OTC medicines.

Please note: this learning programme has been developed and provided by NHS Education for Scotland. Users should recognise that this programme will refer to Scottish policies and organisations.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe strategies for gathering information during OTC consultations
  • describe the Calgary-Cambridge model and its application to OTC consultations in the pharmacy
  • provide examples and recommendations regarding methods that could be used to influence your own practice and identify areas of improvement.

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 view it through Adobe Reader.

On your tablet device: If you would like to view this programme on your tablet device you can download the PDF and open it within a free PDF reader app. We have tested this type of programme in a few apps and found that it works in the Adobe Reader app on Android and Apple devices and the PDF Reader app on Apple devices.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants