Community pharmacists are able to access fully-funded, flexible training to expand their clinical skills and improve patient care. Courses currently include:

Clinical examination skills

This training will be delivered online, with optional face-to-face attendance for pharmacists who would find this beneficial.

Pharmacists will be required to complete a module on history taking and identification of serious conditions and can then choose from four optional modules, which cover the following themes: dermatology; cardiology; paediatrics; and ear, nose and throat.

The training is designed to be complementary to the independent prescribing training and can be completed prior to or after an independent prescribing training course.

Independent prescribing

This training enables pharmacists to support patients from diagnosis to prescribing, and to provide advice and follow-up – while also helping them to feel confident and prepared for the new challenges of their role.

Courses are offered by a range of universities and education providers.

More information on both courses is available on the NHS England Community Pharmacy Training Page.

Communications toolkit

A communications toolkit has also been created which pharmacy owners or LPCs can use to promote these training offers with staff, colleagues and stakeholders.

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