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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Primary care pharmacy essential skills - residential workshop (Days 1 and 2)

  • Released: 08/2019
  • Reviewed: 08/2023
  • Study time: 8h:0m
  • Standard price: £250.00
  • NHS England-funded price: £0.00

This residential workshop is only for pharmacy professionals who are taking part in Primary care pharmacy education pathway.

This two-day residential workshop is part of four days covering essential topics for pharmacy professionals working in primary care. It will help you develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to optimise medicines use in primary care networks and develop your role in primary care. It is intended for those new to the role and those with experience of working in primary care.

You need to attend all four days to complete the module.

This is a residential workshop, so CPPE will provide dinner and your overnight accommodation between days 1 and 2. This means you are ready to begin day 2 at 8:30am and gives you the opportunity to get to know your colleagues on the pathway.



Learning outcomes

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

Day 1

  • describe the background to the Primary care education pathway and explain the benefits and challenges for the programme
  • explain what the role of the pharmacy professional undertaking medicines optimisation involves
  • identify stakeholders and consider how to engage with the multidisciplinary team
  • describe the context that healthcare professionals work within in primary care networks
  • apply essential skills in transfer of care issues, medicines reconciliation, responding to patient safety alerts and incident reporting
  • identify and prioritise patient groups for clinical pharmacy professional review.

Day 2

  • document answers to medicines-related questions
  • apply a structured approach to medicines reconciliation
  • identify people who are at increased risk of falls and fractures
  • undertake person-centred medication reviews
  • assess the safety and clinical appropriateness of medicines in frail older people
  • implement guidance on appropriate prescribing of oral nutritional supplements
  • advise on the administration of medicines in people with swallowing difficulties.

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. If there is a pre-workshop book associated with your workshop, then this will be sent to you in the post and you will also 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
  • Pharmacy technicians