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.

What is resilience? Five Ways to Wellbeing Resilience Resources Covid-19 support Coaching Stressed or Isolated?

Five Ways to Wellbeing

In 2008, the government commissioned the New Economics Foundation (an independent think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice) to develop a set of evidence-based actions to improve wellbeing.

What came out of this was the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which are now widely used by charities and the NHS to promote wellbeing.

Connect… with the people around you, at home, work and in your local community. Pass the time of day or make time for a chat. Strong social networks are a powerful way to help reduce your stress levels and are key to promoting good wellbeing.

Be active… We all know that exercise makes us feel good but do you do enough? Find a physical activity you enjoy and do it. Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance.

Take notice… Be more aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Take time every day to stop and look at the world around you, be in the moment and be thankful.

Keep learning… Set yourself a challenge to learn something new; a language, dancing, a craft or new recipe. Dust off your old musical instrument or enrol on a course. Learning will improve your self-esteem and confidence.

Give… Smile, do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone, volunteer your time or pay someone a compliment.

This simple but powerful tool is a great way to ensure that you get a little of what you need every day. Take a look at this blog Five ways to wellbeing at a time of social distancing to see how the author has adapted to support the wellbeing of herself and family members.

Take some time to think about what you currently do, or could do moving forward to ensure your wellbeing in the current climate:

Connect…

Be active…

Take notice…

Keep learning…

Give…