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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  • Released: 06/2019
  • Reviewed: N/A

Deprescribing should be a carefully planned process, working in partnership with the patient and involving the multidisciplinary team. A stepwise approach should be taken, offering the option as a trial and gradually reducing the medicine if required, with appropriate monitoring and follow up. As a pharmacy professional, you can play an important role in deprescribing. This can range from identification of potentially inappropriate medicines through to discontinuing a medicine. Deprescribing is classed as a prescribing activity. This does not prevent non-prescribing pharmacy professionals from making recommendations. It is key to work within your own competency and refer to the responsible prescriber where required.

Learning objectives

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

  • recognise a person-centred approach to deprescribing that considers the patient’s perspective and experiences
  • explain the importance of a collaborative approach involving the patient and the multidisciplinary team in the deprescribing process
  • apply a stepwise approach to the process of deprescribing from identification through to reducing or stopping a medicine.

How to use this programme

If you work in a clinical setting you can work through our CPPE Optimise programmes with your colleagues. This learning format provides you with clinically focused learning from experts across the country to help you optimise your patients’ treatment in different topic areas.

Learning intended for

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