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.

Medicines optimisation briefings

Medicines optimisation is all about supporting patients so that they get the best possible outcomes from their medicines. It's about talking and engaging with individuals to understand their beliefs and concerns about their medicines and what they would like their medication to achieve.

We have produced a series of medicines optimisation briefings and articles in collaboration with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), topic experts, patients and patient groups. We have included the full list below and you can access them all on the RPS website.

Medicines optimisation briefings and articles

  • Acute kidney injury
  • Asthma
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Learning disabilities
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia

Please note: we don't review these briefings as part of our programme guardian process.