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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Stop smoking

  • Released: 10/2016
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 3h:30m
  • Standard price: £500.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This resource will help you work towards the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) certification by acquiring the knowledge, developing the skills and demonstrating the behaviours necessary to provide effective support for smoking cessation. You can view the web resources and relevant links required for this programme.

Learning objectives

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

  • explain the harmful effects of smoking and the health benefits of stopping
  • compare local and national smoking prevalence and patterns of smoking cessation across different demographics
  • discuss the principles and effectiveness of behavioural support and pharmacological therapies to support smoking cessation
  • assess a client’s commitment, readiness and ability to stop smoking and, where appropriate, assist a client to set a quit date
  • apply evidence-based behavioural change techniques to tailor individual support for clients at different stages of a quit attempt
  • apply appropriate behavioural support strategies to motivate a client to continue with a quit attempt
  • demonstrate an effective approach to dealing with lapses
  • improve the quality of stop smoking support provided, by offering constructive feedback to pharmacy team members
  • construct an effective response to clients’ questions about stopping smoking and the various treatment options.

How to use this programme

You can download the materials you will need to run your event including a facilitator’s guide and any relevant presentations

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees