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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.

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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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online workshop

Clinical assessment skills for pharmacy technicians: Primary care pathways


  • Released: 01/2021
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 10h:30m

This interactive online workshop builds on the person-centred clinical history taking and examination skills introduced in Module 1 of the pathway. It includes communication using medical terminology to deliver a whole person assessment. It will support pharmacy technicians to explore how they can effectively develop and progress their clinical assessment skills to develop their role in primary care. Learners must complete the Clinical assessment skills e-course prior to attending the day. We estimate the tasks in the e-course to equate to 10-12 hours of learning in total depending on your learning style and previous knowledge.

This workshop is only for pharmacy technicians who are taking part in Primary care pharmacy education pathway or the Medicines optimisation in care homes pathway.

Learning objectives

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

  • apply a patient-centred approach to history-taking
  • describe how to approach a general patient examination
  • outline good practice for verbal and written communication about clinical assessment
  • describe the significance of general red flags
  • describe the benefits of pharmacy technician’s undertaking clinical assessment skills
  • identify when it is appropriate to refer patients on to an alternative healthcare provider such as the GP.

How to use this programme

Our online workshops are run using Zoom. Before your workshop, you will receive an email from the lead tutor inviting you to register for the Zoom event. You must complete this registration in advance, or you will be unable to access the session. Please make a note of the lead tutor’s name when you book so that you can contact them if you do not receive the Zoom registration link.

Please note:

  • You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the online workshop.
  • To get the most from this workshop we recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer.
  • You will be expected to put your camera on for some or all of the event.
  • This event must not be undertaken while travelling, or in a public place.

If you register for this event you must cancel your place if you cannot attend. Failure to do this may result in restrictions being placed on your CPPE account.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacy technicians