CPCS training now available for community pharmacists

CPCS training now available for community pharmacists

September 3, 2020

New continuing professional development (CPD) for pharmacists, coordinated by Health Education England and funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement, is now available to community pharmacists to help further embed community pharmacy in urgent care pathways and help improve the care of patients presenting with minor illness.

The programme of workshops is being delivered to support community pharmacists in effective patient-facing consultations and clinical assessments for a range of common minor illnesses.

The CPD is being delivered in partnership with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), Royal College of General Practitioners and the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE).

The workshops build on those provided since last October by CPPE to help pharmacists manage patients referred from general practices and NHS 111 to the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS); so far more than 2,100 community pharmacists have undertaken the CPCS CPD provided by CPPE.

Pharmacists will have the opportunity to refresh and update their practical clinical assessment and examination skills, including how to carry out an effective remote consultation and communicate more effectively with GPs. They will also learn new ways of working as part of the primary care network multidisciplinary team, and learn how the CPCS sits alongside urgent care, general practice and the wider NHS healthcare system.

The training will be delivered via a combination of online pre-learning and interactive online workshops. It will be facilitated by experienced individuals, including GPs and advanced practitioner trainers.

Further information about the workshops is available on the RPS website.


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