This CPD certified course is aimed at GPs, nurse prescribers, PCN and practice pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, medicines optimisation teams and community pharmacists.
It is an update to the original 2017 courses (long and concise) and reflects the increased knowledge and evidence in this area.
The course is broken down into eight modules covering: Introduction to polypharmacy and deprescribing, National and international resources, Evidence base for deprescribing, Frailty and multimorbidity, Agreeing treatment goals, Medication review, Tools to help with medication review and How to deprescribe.
There are also four practical case studies, covering Prescribing cascades, Shared decision making, Medication review and Multimorbidity.
The learning from the course is also supported by several videos from Lelly Oboh, who talks about the practical application of each module to clinical practice. Lelly is a consultant pharmacist for older people at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service.
The course should take around 3 hours and 15 minutes in total to complete, but we recommend that it is taken in stages and not in a single sitting.
Quizzes at the end of each module will test understanding and recap on key learning points, and a pass mark of 70% is required in the final assessment to complete the course and receive a certificate.