Course overview

Our e-learning courses are designed for health and care professionals including:

  • GPs
  • Nurse prescribers
  • PCN / practice pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Community pharmacists
  • Care home staff and social care providers

 

Our courses are comprised of the following:

  • Learning modules with supporting reference lists
  • End of module quizzes to test understanding and recap on key learning points
  • Case studies to apply covered topics to real situations
  • A final assessment with a pass mark of 70% is required to complete each course and receive a certificate
  • CPD certification, Skills for Care endorsed provider and several courses also carry a NICE endorsement statement

Please note that we recommend courses are completed in stages rather than in a single sitting, allowing sufficient additional time to read the accompanying references for the particular module.

Here you can find a brief overview of each of our courses. You can also download our courses and pricing summary document here.

If you'd like any further information, please contact us.

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.

This e-learning course identifies how the anticholinergic burden can be assessed for individual patients. It is also supported by several videos from Lelly Oboh, consultant pharmacist for older people at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service who talks about the practical application of each module to clinical practice.

Comprised of five modules and three case studies, the course should take around 1.5 hours, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Anticoagulation: Stroke prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

This e-learning course covers; NICE guideline 196; assessing stroke and bleeding risk, Anticoagulant treatment options, Choice of anticoagulant, Safe prescribing of DOACs in people with renal impairment, Co-prescribing of anticoagulants and antiplatelets and Patient information for people taking anticoagulants.

It also includes three case studies which consider the choice and dose of anticoagulant in different patient scenarios support the learning.

The course should take around 1.5 hours, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Asthma

This e-learning course is broken down into nine modules including the self-management and pharmacological treatment of asthma in adults and children, asthma guidelines (and the differences between them), the use of high dose steroids and steroid cards, the importance of review and follow up and the treatment of asthma relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are also two practical case studies, covering the management of asthma in an adult and in a child.

The course should take around 3 hours 20 minutes, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Chronic heart failure in adults

This e-learning course is based on NICE guideline 106 and covers the diagnosis and pharmacological management of chronic heart failure and lifestyle factors.

 

Comprised of six modules (plus two optional modules focusing further on the evidence base) and two case studies, the course should take around 2.5 hours, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Dependence Forming Medications

This e-learning course covers the statistics around the use of dependence forming medications, opioids, benzodiazepines & z-drugs, and gabapentin & pregabalin. It offers practical advice regarding the initiation of these medicines and how long-term use can be reviewed and managed.

Comprised of four modules, in addition to four case studies and advice from two GPs with a special interest in this area. The course should take around 2.5 hours, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Lipid Modification

This e-learning course covers cardiovascular statistics and risk factors, the recommendations in NICE CG181, the drugs used to treat hypercholesterolaemia; statins, ezetimibe, PCSK9 inhibitors, bempedoic acid, inclisiran and icosapent ethyl. It considers the national lipid management pathway and how the drugs fit into the treatment pathway.

Comprised of 10 modules and three case studies that consider statins for primary prevention, secondary prevention and statin intolerance.

The course should take around 3 hours, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Management of type 2 diabetes in adults

This e-learning course considers the 2022 update to NICE Guideline 28, particularly the implications of the cardiovascular outcome trials of the SGLT-2 inhibitors on the management of patients with established cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk factors.

It covers: The burden of type 2 diabetes, Education, lifestyle and individualised care, Management of hypertension, Lipid modification and antiplatelets, Blood glucose targets, Types of hypoglycaemic drugs, Guidelines on the management of blood glucose, Cardiovascular Outcome Trials (CVOTs) and Managing complications of type 2 diabetes.

There are also three practical case studies which consider the management of type 2 diabetes in different patient scenarios.

The course should take around 4 hours, plus time to complete the quizzes.

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, plus time to complete the quizzes.


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

The second e-learning course covering this subject 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, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Medicines use in care homes: course 1

This is the first of several bespoke e-learning packages to support care home staff involved in any aspect of medicines use and is a significant update to the original 2017 version.

The course is broken down into 13 modules including: Safe use of medicines, Medicines basics, The Medicines Administration Record, General principles of medicines administration, The monthly medicines cycle and Self administration, as well as Administration of PRN medicines, solid doses, liquids, inhalers, topical products, transdermal patches and eye drops.

The course should take around 5 hours in total to complete.

Access to a shorter annual update version of the course is included and should be completed on a yearly basis to refresh your knowledge.

Medicines use in care homes: course 2

This is the second of several bespoke e-learning packages to support care home staff involved in any aspect of medicines use and is a significant update to the original 2017 version.



The course is broken down into six modules including: missed and delayed doses, covert administration, the management of controlled drugs in care homes, homely remedies and self-care, medicines reconciliation and effective management of medicine supplies in care homes.



The course should take around 3 hours 30 minutes to complete, but it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.

Access to a shorter annual update version of the course is included and should be completed on a yearly basis to refresh your knowledge.

Medicines use in care homes: course 3

The third of our e-learning courses covering this subject builds on the content covered in the first two courses, looking at the use of certain ‘high risk’ or specialist medicines that require specific consideration and/or administration techniques.

This course covers: medicines and falls risk; antipsychotic medicines in dementia; administration of anticoagulants; methotrexate and other cytotoxic medicines; administration of bisphosphonates; and administration of medicines used in Parkinson’s disease.

Comprised of six modules and two case studies, the course should take around 2.5 hours, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Nutrition and hydration in care homes

This course is aimed at care staff and nursing staff working in a care home setting. It may also be useful for other healthcare professionals who have involvement with care homes such as medicines optimisation teams, care home pharmacists and technicians, PCN and practice pharmacists, nurse prescribers and GPs.

The course covers: key standards and guidelines relating to nutrition and hydration in care homes, using the MUST tool to identify residents who are at risk of malnutrition, writing person centred nutrition & hydration care plans, implementing a food based approach to managing malnutrition, information on Oral Nutritional Supplements, strategies to improve food and fluid intake in residents with dementia, managing eating and drinking in end-of-life care and strategies to reduce the risk of poor hydration.

Two case studies help to demonstrate how the above information and strategies can be implemented in practice in care homes. The course also provides references and further reading.

The course should take around 2 hours and 30 minutes in total to complete, but we recommend that it is taken in stages and not in a single sitting.

Polypharmacy and deprescribing

This e-learning course is an update to the original 2017 courses (long and concise) and reflects the increased knowledge and evidence in this area.

This course covers: an 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.

Comprised of eight modules and four case studies; the course is also supported by several videos from Lelly Oboh, consultant pharmacist for older people at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service who talks about the practical application of each module to clinical practice.

The course should take around 3 hours 15 minutes, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Practice medicines co-ordinators

This e-learning course is aimed at non-clinical staff in GP practices that manage the repeat prescribing process and is a significant update to the original 2017 version.

The course covers: an introduction and medication basics; information sources and prescription requirements; Electronic Prescription Service; repeat prescribing; medicines in care homes; Dispensing Appliance Contractors; hospital discharge information; formularies, traffic lights, “specials” and prescribing incentive schemes; self-care and community pharmacy; diabetes, asthma and COPD.

Comprised of ten modules and three case studies, the course should take around 4 hours 50 minutes, plus time to complete the quizzes.

Reducing opioid prescribing in chronic pain

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. This 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, plus time to complete the quizzes.

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