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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theLearningpharmacy.com - Depression


  • Released: 09/2013
  • Reviewed: 03/2018

Work your way around the Depression learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you your team support people experiencing depression. The challenges will help you to signpost to local support groups, promote good mental health, while advising patients who wish to purchase over-the-counter medicines for insomnia or low mood.

You can access this learning here: Depression - theLearningpharmacy.com

Learning objectives

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

  • develop and run an effective health promotion campaign in your pharmacy
  • provide advice and signposting on self-care and public health
  • explain how to deal effectively with patient queries about long term conditions or medicines
  • explain how you would develop and deliver a successful pharmacy service
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • describe how to advise appropriately a patient requesting an OTC medicine
  • become more confident in dealing with therapeutic challenges and prescription interventions
  • explain how you would work in partnership with other healthcare professionals to support patients.

How to use this programme

theLearningpharmacy.com™ is easily accessed at www.theLearningpharmacy.com™ and has been developed for everyone in the community pharmacy. When you visit the site you can choose from a selection of topics or "pharmacy floors" where you can select and work through practice-based, bite-sized learning challenges. Each challenge provides 10-15 minutes of quality learning and they’ve been developed to be fun and interactive.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants