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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Working with community pharmacy


  • Released: 09/2016
  • Reviewed: 06/2018
  • Study time: 2h:0m

The overall aim of this program is to improve communication and collaboration between community pharmacy and general practice teams to deliver patient-centred care.

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:

  • identify the main community pharmacies used by your patients and the services they provide
  • describe the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework and list the essential, advanced, and enhanced and locally commissioned services available to patients
  • share examples of what is currently working well between community pharmacies and GP surgeries
  • discuss the common issues at the interface between general practice and community pharmacy and explore solutions to these challenges
  • establish effective communication pathways between general practice and community pharmacy teams
  • work collaboratively to support medicines use review (MUR), new medicine service (NMS) recommendations and the public health agenda
  • explain how the electronic prescription service (EPS) can benefit patients, general practices and community pharmacies.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees