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.

Pharmacy Quality Scheme

Prevention

There is learning offered by Health Education England (HEE) for this domain, linked to one quality criterion:

  • Infection prevention and control review of antimicrobial stewardship practice using the target antibiotic checklist

The elements of the Infection prevention and control review of antimicrobial stewardship practice using the target antibiotic checklist quality criterion that relate to learning and assessment are as follows:

  • On the day of the declaration, all non-registered pharmacy staff working at the pharmacy must have satisfactorily completed the HEE infection prevention and control Level 1 e-learning and assessment on the Health Education England (HEE) e-Learning for Healthcare website.
  • All registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy must have satisfactorily completed the HEE Infection Prevention and Control Level 2 e-learning and assessment on the HEE e-Learning for Healthcare website.
  • All patient-facing pharmacy staff working at the pharmacy that provide advice on medicines or healthcare must have satisfactorily completed the PHE Antimicrobial Stewardship for Community Pharmacy e-learning and e-assessment.

Completing the learning and assessment, as detailed here, does not mean that your pharmacy is entitled to a PQS payment for this domain. Contractors need to ensure that they meet all elements of this domain, as well as the gateway criteria, to be eligible to claim for the Prevention domain when they make their PQS declaration.

Click on the items in the dropdown menu below to learn more about the learning and assessment that needs to be completed, in order for you to work towards the criterion listed above.

Infection prevention and control review of antimicrobial stewardship practice using the target antibiotic checklist

Fully meeting the training requirements for this domain