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.

Antimicrobial stewardship

We have a range of learning activities to support your engagement in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), improving appropriate prescribing of antimicrobials and educating the public about the problems associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The Antibacterials floor of theLearningpharmacy.com™ offers bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team understand such issues as antimicrobial resistance and appropriate antibiotic prescribing, while also supporting patients presenting with winter ailments.

If you work in a clinical setting, you can work through our Antimicrobial stewardship: focus on optimising antimicrobial prescribing Optimise programme. This programme will support you to develop your knowledge and skills in optimising the prescribing of antimicrobials. We are also developing an online workshop version of this programme, due for launch in Spring 2021.

You can find further resources on our Antimicrobial resistance gateway page.

Each year we collaborate with Public Health England to support European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) and World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW). Look out for news articles on our website and messages on our social media accounts in November.

Join over 68,000 other healthcare professionals and members of the public by pledging to become an antibiotic guardian. Choose one simple pledge, or renew your pledge, about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete. Encourage other people to do the same.