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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Supporting patients living with dementia


  • Released: 04/2018
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 5h:0m

The overall aim of this programme is to apply your knowledge and skills to help you manage and optimise care for patients living with dementia and their carers.

If you want to receive hard copies of these materials for you and your colleagues please access them through the Learning communities section of our website.

Learning objectives

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

  • outline adjustments you and your practice team could make to improve general practice consultations for patients living with dementia and their family/carers
  • discuss the issue of anticholinergic burden in patients with dementia and be familiar with the tools used to calculate anticholinergic burden
  • consider the use of antipsychotics in dementia and your role in ensuring they are prescribed appropriately
  • signpost patients and their carers to local support services
  • become a Dementia Friends Champion and engage your practice with the initiative.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees