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Clinical / patient facing resources

There are many resources available that will provide you with opportunities to develop clinical skills and knowledge. The following organisations provide training for the pharmacy workforce on behalf of the NHS, and on their websites you will find a range of options that you may find useful. In partnership with your educational supervisor you should identify which resources will best support your development based on your learning needs analysis. We recommend at the start of your training you spend some time browsing through the sites to familiarise yourself with the opportunities they provide.

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

The new NHS Knowledge and Library Hub is a ‘one-stop’ gateway which connects healthcare staff and trainees to a significant range of free, high-quality knowledge and evidence resources, services, tools and databases. The Hub has over 7,000 journals, e-books including OUP handbooks, clinical decision support tools, NICE pathways and guidelines and medical databases.

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub can be accessed via your OpenAthens account.

Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE)

CPPE provides a wide range of clinical and personal development resources and continuing professional development opportunities for pharmacists, trainee pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

You will need to register for CPPE following the instructions here.

Clinical Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics resources can be accessed from the CPPE home page here.

Pharmacists can access most CPPE resources free of charge.

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Clinical Knowledge Summaries (NICE CKS) cover over 370 topics with focus on the most common and significant presentations in primary care. NICE CKS provide practitioners with a readily accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice.

NICE CKS is open access.

Medicines Learning Portal

The Medicines Learning Portal provides resources and expertise that will help UK pharmacists at the beginning of their careers to tackle the clinical problems that will confront them throughout their professional lives. The site is aimed at trainee and newly qualified pharmacists in hospitals but will benefit learners regardless of sector.

The Medicines Learning Portal is open access.

Medicines Safety Portal

This site aims to help healthcare professionals in primary care to use medicines safely but will of use to pharmacists in all sectors. The clinical topics section has e-learning showing how to protect patients from selected prescription medicines that sometimes cause harm. There are resources to help with problem solving on subjects such as interactions, shortages, and the safety of herbal medicines, and an index to free online information sources about medicines that may help with decision-making.

The Medicines Safety Portal is open access.

SCRIPT

SCRIPT is an e-learning programme to improve safety and competency among healthcare professionals around prescribing, therapeutics and medicines management. There is a specific programme for pharmacy consisting of 59 available modules. To support your development, it is recommended that you discuss with your educational supervisor which ones are most appropriate for you to complete.

You will need to register to access SCRIPT.

HEE Genomics Education Programme

The Health Education England genomics education programme delivers learning and development opportunities that prepare current and future NHS professionals to make the best use of genomics in their practice. Bitesize learning focusses on the question “what is genomics?”.

HEE Genomics Education Programme is open access.

e-Learning for Healthcare (eLfH)

e-LfH has a wide range of clinical resources available. eLfH supports users from apprentices to consultants, therefore it is important that you review the course learning outcomes and discuss the suitability of identified programmes with your designated supervisor when deciding whether the course will meet your needs.

eLfH can be accessed via your OpenAthens account.

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice uses the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

BMJ Best Practice can be accessed for free via your OpenAthens account.