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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Parkinson's disease - focal point


  • Released: 06/2015
  • Reviewed: 07/2018
  • Study time: 5h:0m
  • Standard price: £15.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This programme will refresh your knowledge of Parkinson’s disease, its symptoms and treatments and will consider how community pharmacy teams can best support patients and their carers living with Parkinson's.

Learning objectives

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

  • describe the diagnosis and pathophysiology of Parkinson's
  • recognise the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's
  • support patients and carers to ensure patients get the best from their medicines and manage their medicines regimens
  • list the administration options available for a person with Parkinson's who is unable to use oral medicines
  • explain to people with Parkinson's the importance of receiving their medicines on time and describe the consequences of missed doses
  • support people with Parkinson’s through planned hospital admission and discharge
  • advise patients about the adverse effects of Parkinson’s medicines, common interactions and medicines to be avoided in Parkinson's
  • signpost patients, carers and other professionals to sources of further advice and support for Parkinson's.

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
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants