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.


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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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Medicines use review (MUR)

Provision of one specified advanced service is one of the four gateway criteria for the community pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme. A key role for pharmacists is supporting patients with medicines optimisation via the medicines use review (MUR) service.

As a pharmacist you will need to be accredited to deliver the MUR service by successfully completing an MUR assessment set by a higher education institution (HEI). We host an MUR assessment on behalf of the University of Manchester and have several resources to support you in successfully completing the assessment.

A good starting point is to take a look at our MUR FAQs for more information.

Once you have decided to work through the MUR assessment access our MURs: preparing to become accredited guide. The guide explains the structure of the assessment and signposts to useful learning resources. 

Once you have successfully completed your MUR assessment, you can extend your knowledge with our programme High-risk medicines and MURs or our guide Targeting your MURs more effectively.

MUR guidance changes regularly, so to make sure you stay up to date and you are familiar with the key resources check the PSNC website information.