RP

Return to Practice

As you return to practice, our priority is to help you to practice safely and, to this end, we have set out a number of learning resources to support your practice and underpinning knowledge.

DoH has provided a summary of changes to legislation and policies since 2014 which can be accessed here.

The RPS has provided information about what to do when you first arrive at the pharmacy.

Anyone who would like an update on how to use McLernon’s latest system should email helen@mclernons.com, who will arrange a one-to-one session or a training webinar.

We suggest that you start with the course on Medication Incidents, which deals with the many reasons for mistakes in the dispensary. Surprisingly, lack of knowledge is not one of these. The course on The Responsible Pharmacist explains the law and professional standards in relation to your responsibilities. Having recently returned to practice, you bring with you a lifetime of professional experience looking after patients. To help you prioritise your development needs we suggest that you read through Competence and Professional Behaviour, rating yourself against each of the statements. You might be surprised at how much of professional practice has remained with you.

There are a number of other courses that deal with clinical conditions which you are more likely to encounter during this period. Depending on how the current pandemic progresses, we will continue to add to these resources.

All resources on this site are open-access, therefore you do not have to login to use them, nor is there any course assessment. If you would like to access our full programme of courses and resources please email nicpld@qub.ac.uk and we can arrange this for you.

Patient safety: Medications incidents

 

2014
3 hours

Aim

To promote the safer use of medicines in clinical practice through a better understanding of why medication incidents happen.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • define what is meant by a medication incident
  • describe medication-related errors and their impact on the health service
  • promote the reporting and investigating of medication incidents as a means to improving patient safety
  • identify the causes of errors and medication incidents in practice
  • list the role and functions of the organisations established to reduce risk
  • promote staff education and safe systems of practice as effective means of reducing medication errors.

Legislation: The Responsible Pharmacist

 

2013
3 hours

Aim

To outline the responsible pharmacist regulations, highlighting the impact of the regulations on professional practice.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to;

  • describe the role of the responsible pharmacist
  • explain the law in relation to the responsibilities of the responsible pharmacist
  • understand the requirements of the professional standards and regulatory guidance for responsible pharmacists
  • access further information and resources to support the implementation of the responsible pharmacist regulations.

Legislation: Controlled drugs - striking a balance

 

2016
3 hours

Aim

To review the implications of the Fourth Report of the Shipman Inquiry, focusing specifically on the prescribing, dispensing, safe custody and disposal of controlled drugs.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • understand the legislation underpinning controlled drugs
  • list the non-medical professions who may now prescribe
  • describe best practice with respect to writing of prescriptions, keeping of records and maintaining prescription security for controlled drugs in all areas of practice
  • define procedures for the disposal of returned controlled drugs.

Competence and professional behaviour

 

2020
1 hour

Antimicrobial: Common infections

 

2018
2 hours

Aim

To enable healthcare professionals to diagnose and manage common infections.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:

  • explain the antibiotic prescribing strategy for respiratory tract infections
  • describe the management of community-acquired pneumonia and hospital-acquired pneumonia
  • list the risk factors and symptoms associated with sepsis and appreciate the severity of the condition.

COMPASS: Asthma

 

2018
3 hours

Aim

This course aims to provide healthcare professionals with an understanding of the current evidence base in relation to the management of chronic asthma.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should understand:

  • the stepwise approach to managing asthma
  • the safety issues associated with the use of inhaled corticosteroids
  • how to step down asthma treatment
  • how to review and monitor someone with asthma
  • the importance of patient education, self-management and action plans in people with asthma.

COMPASS: Diabetes

 

2016
3 hours

Aim

This course aims to provide healthcare professionals with an understanding of the current evidence base in relation to the management of type 2 diabetes in primary care.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should understand:

  • The importance of patient education in people with type 2 diabetes
  • How to manage cardiovascular risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes
  • How to individualise blood glucose targets
  • How to manage blood glucose levels
  • When it is appropriate to self-monitor blood glucose levels

Minor ailments: Respiratory

 

2017
2 hours

Aim

To enable healthcare professionals to manage minor respiratory ailments and to recognise when referral is appropriate.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:

  • list the symptoms associated with coughs, colds and allergic rhinitis
  • recognise when symptoms are indicative of a serious aetiology
  • provide supportive therapy to alleviate the symptoms
  • advise patients and/or carers on the management and prevention of coughs, colds and allergic rhinitis in infants, children and adults
  • detail the guidance provided by the MHRA on the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medication in children.

Respiratory disease: COPD

 

2016
3 hours

Aim

To enable healthcare professionals to provide effective evidence-based care for patients suffering from COPD.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:

  • outline the clinical presentation of COPD
  • differentiate between asthma and COPD
  • categorise COPD according to disease severity
  • tailor disease management to suit the individual
  • outline the place in therapy of bronchodilators and corticosteroids
  • describe the role of combination therapy in disease management
  • identify your role in improving the care of this patient group.

Last updated: 19th March 2020