Course overview

Here you can find a brief overview of each of our courses. If you'd like any futher information, please contact us and we'd be happy to help.

Anticholinergic burden

Anticholinergic burden

Anticholinergic drugs are prescribed for a wide range of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, overactive bladder, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, nausea and vomiting, depression and psychosis.

An increasing number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses report that drugs with anticholinergic effects are associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment and all cause mortality in older people.

This e-learning course identifies how the anticholinergic burden can be assessed for individual patients and provides three short case studies of medication reviews for patients with a high burden.

The course should take around 40 minutes to complete in total plus time to complete the quizzes, but we recommend that it is taken in stages and not in a single sitting.

Anticoagulation: Stroke prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

Anticoagulation: Stroke prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

This course is designed for medicines management teams, GPs, practice nurses, practice pharmacists and non-medical prescribers.

It is based on the NICE Clinical Guideline 180: Management of Atrial Fibrillation.

The course covers the appropriate use of

 

anticoagulants in AF, including assessment of stroke and bleeding risks, choice of agent, monitoring, adverse effects and interactions.

The course should take around 2 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community: course 1

Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community - course 1

This is the first of two e-learning courses covering this subject and is based on guideline 67 from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (or NICE) which was published in March 2017.

This first course focusses on the medicine-related processes which social care providers need to consider in relation to medicines use.

 

The course should take around 2.5 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

If your organisation is interested in commissioning this course please check out our flyer below, this includes details of the courses and prices (including volume based discounts).

Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community: course 2

Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community - course 2

The second course also supports the implementation of NICE guideline 67 Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community and focuses on the practical issues relating to the provision of medicines administration support by domiciliary care providers.

The course demonstrates the administration of solid dose forms, liquids, eye drops, inhalers, transdermal patches and topical products.

 

The course should take around 4 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

If your organisation is interested in commissioning this course please check out our flyer below, this includes details of the courses and prices (including volume based discounts).

Medicines use in care homes: course 1

Medicines use in care homes, course 1

This course is for care home staff involved in any aspect of medicines use. Students should have previously undertaken basic administration of medicines competency training as appropriate to their care setting prior to taking this course.

This course supports the implementation of recommendations in the NICE guideline on managing medicines in care homes. It also supports statement 3 in the NICE quality standard on medicines management in care homes.

It covers: the role of CQC and the NICE Guideline and Quality Standards; the management of medicines in care homes; management of self-medicating residents;

administration of inhalers; administration of eye drops; administration of transdermal patches; administration of topical products; and administration of 'when required' medicines.

The course should take around 2.5 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

If your organisation is interested in commissioning this course please check out our flyer below, this includes details of the courses and prices (including volume based discounts).

Medicines use in care homes: course 2

Medicines use in care homes - course 2

This is the second of our courses designed for care home staff involved in any aspect of medicines use.

Students should have previously undertaken basic administration of medicines competency training as appropriate to their care setting, and we recommend that students first complete our Medicines use in care homes: course 1.

It covers: Refused and omitted doses; Covert administration; Controlled drugs; Bulk prescribing; Homely remedies; and Waste medicines reduction.

This course supports the implementation of recommendations in the NICE guideline on managing medicines in care homes.

It also supports statement 6 in the NICE quality standard on medicines management in care homes.

The course should take around 2 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

If your organisation is interested in commissioning this course please check out our flyer below, this includes details of the courses and prices (including volume based discounts).

Optimising medicines for adults with type 2 diabetes

Optimising medicines for adults with type 2 diabetes

The aim of this CPD certified course is to update practitioners on the content of NICE guideline NG28 on the management of type 2 diabetes in adults, and to illustrate how the principles of medicines optimisation can be used to improve the care of patients with diabetes, patient safety and outcomes.

The course was developed by PrescQIPP CIC on behalf of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network.

This e-learning supports NICE guideline recommendations relating to medicines optimisation for adults with type 2 diabetes.

It also supports statements 2, 4, 5 and 6 in the NICE quality standard for diabetes in adults and statement 1 in the NICE quality standard for medicines optimisation.

The course should take around 2.5 hours in total, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting, so that learning from each module can be embedded into practice before students start the next one.

Polypharmacy and deprescribing

Polypharmacy and deprescribing

This is our full-length Polypharmacy and deprescribing e-learning course, designed for trainee GPs and non-medical prescribers. A concise version of this course is also available for more experienced healthcare professionals.

This course explains the concepts of polypharmacy and deprescribing.

 

It describes when polypharmacy may be appropriate or inappropriate and how this occurs, and it provides practical advice on the initiation of medicines including shared decision-making with patients.

The course should take around 3.5 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

Polypharmacy and deprescribing concise version

Polypharmacy and deprescribing concise version

This is our concise polypharmacy and deprescribing e-learning course designed for GPs and other experienced healthcare practitioners. A full length more comprehensive version of this course for trainee GPs and non-medical prescribers is also available.

 

The course should take around 1.5 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

Practice medicines co-ordinators

Practice medicines co-ordinators

This course is designed for non-clinical staff in GP practices who manage the repeat prescribing process and will help to improve medicines safety, improve satisfaction for patients and staff, reduce medicines waste, make savings by reducing or containing costs, become a point of contact for medicines related queries and work in collaboration with the medicines optimisation team.

 

The course should take around 4 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

We're grateful to Coventry and Rugby CCG, Nene CCG, Corby CCG and Southern Derbyshire CCG for sharing their materials to support the development of the course content.

Reducing opioid prescribing in chronic pain

Reducing opioid prescribing in chronic pain

This course is designed for medicines management teams, GPs, practice nurses, practice pharmacists and non-medical prescribers.

There has been a marked and progressive rise in prescribing of opioid drugs in the UK over the past decade and the trend to increased prescribing continues. The increase in prescribing has been predominantly for the treatment of non-cancer pain.

Opioids have demonstrable effectiveness in the treatment of acute pain and pain related to cancer but there is little evidence for the effectiveness of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain.

 

The e-learning course will help equip healthcare professionals to tackle this growth in use and to improve care for patients with chronic pain.

The course also includes contributions from Ruth Bastable, a GP with experience of working in health care of patients who are homeless and at risk of homelessness and health care of patients in secure environments. She has an interest in substance misuse, and an interest in prescription drug misuse.

The course should take around 3 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

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