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.

British National Formulary

The BNF provides UK healthcare professionals with authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines. It is available as a book, an app and online through MedicinesComplete. UK-based individuals working for, or on behalf of, the NHS access the BNF and BNF for children free of charge and you can find out more about how to gain access on the Medicines Complete website .

You can access the new combined BNF/BNFC app on the App Store or Google Play.

What’s new in the BNF?

You may also find our latest What’s new in the BNF? interactive PDF useful. This programme uses ten case studies relating to clinical changes in the latest edition of the BNF to help you keep up to date with key clinical developments and safety issues.

Keeping up to date

You can keep up to date with changes in pharmacy, medicines and the NHS by taking part in our regular e-challenge quiz. You'll find questions on a range of topics such as pharmacy services, new medicines, legal issues, ethical concerns and recently released reports and research. We have teamed up with The Pharmaceutical Journal to help us with this so it's a great way to keep up to date and find ideas for CPD recording. We have added the odd fun question too!

You can also sign up to receive a notification each time we publish a new e-challenge quiz by updating you email preferences in your profile.