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.

NHS Discharge Medicines Service

The NHS Discharge Medicines Service is a new essential service for community pharmacy contractors, commencing on 15 February 2020. As an essential service, all community pharmacy contractors must be able to provide the service.

Discharge from hospital is associated with an increased risk of avoidable medicines-related harm.1 The NHS Discharge Medicines Service aims to:

  • optimise the use of medicines while facilitating shared decision making
  • reduce harm from medicines at transfers of care
  • improve patients' understanding of their medicines and how to take them following discharge
  • reduce hospital readmissions.2

Although the service is provided by community pharmacy, pharmacy professionals from all sectors have important roles to play in supporting the patient's journey through the service.

The resources on this page will help community pharmacy contractors, hospital and primary care pharmacy teams to deliver the service and improve outcomes for patients.

Key resources

Guidance on the NHS Discharge Medicines Service regulations

You will find guidance and further information on the NHS Discharge Medicines Service regulations in Chapter 8 of the Guidance on the National Health Service (Charges and Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. Click on the button below to access this document.

NHS Pharmacy Regulations Guidance 2020

Toolkit for pharmacy staff in community, primary and secondary care

This toolkit supports cross-sector implementation of the NHS Discharge Medicines Service as an essential service in all NHS community pharmacies in England. It sets out the shared responsibility and roles of pharmacy teams in community pharmacy, NHS trusts and primary care networks (PCNs) in ensuring patient safety, better patient outcomes and medicines reconciliation on discharge. Click on the button below to access this document.

NHS Discharge Medicines Service – Essential Service Toolkit for pharmacy staff in community, primary and secondary care

e-learning programme and e-assessment

The CPPE NHS Discharge Medicines Service: improving outcomes for patients transferring care e-learning programme aims to support community pharmacy professionals to deliver the NHS Discharge Medicines Service. It will enable pharmacy professionals in other settings to understand how their role links to the patient’s journey through this service. Completing the associated e-assessment will help you check your learning from the programme.

NHS Discharge Medicines Service: improving outcomes for patients transferring care e-learning NHS Discharge Medicines Service: improving outcomes for patients transferring care e-assessment

Declaration of Competence framework

If you are a community pharmacy professional providing the NHS Discharge Medicines Service, you will need to ensure you have the necessary knowledge and skills by working through the Declaration of Competence (DoC) framework for the service. The DoC framework for the NHS Discharge Medicines Service is available on the Declaration of Competence section of the CPPE website. If you have not used a DoC framework before, or would like a reminder of how to work through the DoC system, access A guide to using the Declaration of Competence (DoC) system

  1. World Health Organization. Medication Safety in Transitions of Care: Technical Report. 2019. www.who.int/patientsafety/medication-safety/TransitionOfCare.pdf?ua=1
  2. NHS England and NHS Improvement. Guidance on the National Health Service (Charges and Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations. 2020. www.england.nhs.uk/publication/guidance-on-the-national-health-service-charges-and-pharmaceutical-and-local-pharmaceutical-services-amendment-regulations-2020/