NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality 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.

Leadership for Healthy Living Pharmacies

Being a Healthy Living Pharmacy has been an essential service in the community pharmacy contractual framework since 1 January 2021.

Our Leadership for Healthy Living Pharmacies self-directed e-course will help you to collect evidence that you have undertaken leadership training that meets the contractual requirements. The Team Leadership section of the contract requires an individual from the pharmacy team to undergo leadership training that maps to the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model™. Our e-course uses this model to help you to develop the leadership skills needed to encourage your team to reach out to the local community and promote healthy lifestyles at every opportunity.

The e-course will enable you to identify different leadership styles, engage your team to deliver proactive healthy lifestyle advice and apply the principles of effective change management to support your team through the process of change.

The e-course is suitable for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and trainee pharmacists.