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Hypertension and heart failure

ACP

2019
2 hours

Aim

To provide an overview of the evidence-based management of heart failure and hypertension in primary care

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes you should be able to:
  • advise patients on key lifestyle interventions
  • manage patients with heart failure according to NICE guidance
  • describe the threshold blood pressure values to initiate antihypertensive treatment and the blood pressure targets to be achieved and maintained
  • manage patients with hypertension (and associated comorbidities) with the most appropriate antihypertensive agents in line with clinical guidelines
  • work with other healthcare professionals to change current practice in respect of new evidence

Antibacterial agents

Antimicrobials

2023
2 hours

Aim

To familiarise healthcare professionals with the antibacterial agents commonly encountered in clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • describe the differences between human (eukaryotic) cells and bacterial (prokaryotic) cells that can be exploited by antibacterial agents
  • list the main bacterial cell sites on which antibacterial agents exert their bactericidal or bacteriostatic effects
  • define minimum inhibitory concentration and minimum bacterial concentration – the measures of antibacterial susceptibility
  • summarise the main issues for each class of commonly encountered antibacterial agent.

Common infections

Antimicrobials

2021
3 hours

Aim

To enable healthcare professionals to diagnose and manage common infections.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:
  • detail the diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections in different patient groups
  • explain the antibiotic prescribing strategy for respiratory tract infections
  • detail the management of acute bronchitis in different patient groups
  • describe the management of community-acquired pneumonia and hospital-acquired pneumonia
  • discuss the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations, sore throats, sinusitis and bronchiecstasis
  • recognise common skin and soft tissue infections and know the first- and second-line antibiotics to treat these
  • list the risk factors and symptoms associated with sepsis and appreciate the severity of the condition
  • detail the recommendations for preventing infections in asplenic patients

Drug selection

Antimicrobials

2023
3 hours

Aim

To know the range of factors that must be considered when selecting an antimicrobial agent

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • list the indicators of an infection
  • consider whether a patient with an infection requires treatment with an antimicrobial agent
  • recognise when empirical or targeted antimicrobial therapy should be chosen
  • describe the impact that the site of infection has on choosing antimicrobials
  • discuss the patient factors that should be considered when choosing an appropriate antimicrobial agent
  • explain the issues associated with topical, parenteral and oral administration of antimicrobials

Other agents

Antimicrobials

2023
3 hours

Aim

To familiarise healthcare professionals with the actions and use of commonly encountered antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal agents.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:
  • describe the actions of antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal agents
  • differentiate between the main classes of antifungal agents, indicating how each should be used appropriately
  • list the commonly used antiviral agents, their dosage form and indications for use
  • detail common antiprotozoal drugs and the protozoa they are active against.

Resistance

Antimicrobials

2023
3 hours

Aim

To enable healthcare professionals to understand the impact of antimicrobial resistance and to assist with halting the spread of resistance and Clostriodes difficile.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this workshop you should be able to:
  • define antimicrobial resistance
  • discuss Clostriodes difficile (C. diff) and the associated problems
  • explain Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) risk factors, diagnosis and treatment
  • describe what MRSA screening and decolonisation entails
  • detail the problems with extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) and resistant enterococci
  • list strategies to halt the spread of C. diff and antimicrobial resistance.

Stewardship

Antimicrobials

2019
2 hours

Aim

To enable pharmacists to adhere to the principles of antimicrobial stewardship and to successfully promote it.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this workshop you should be able to:
  • define antimicrobial stewardship
  • discuss the UK’s five-year national action plan (Tackling antimicrobial resistance 2019-2024)
  • explain the components of an antimicrobial stewardship programme
  • describe antimicrobial stewardship toolkits that are available for use in primary and secondary care
  • appreciate the role of the patient in antimicrobial stewardship
  • detail successful antimicrobial stewardship interventions to date.

atrial fibrillation

Cardiovascular disease

2015
8 hours

Aim

To enable you to provide evidence-based information to patients in primary care who have a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF).

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • define AF, discuss its prevalence and describe the symptoms and complications of AF
  • outline the management objectives of AF
  • discuss drugs used in rate and rhythm control strategies
  • detail the treatment of permanent, persistent and paroxysmal AF
  • outline the choice of antithrombotic therapy in AF, including special considerations when prescribing.

Effective Workplace Training

Developing others

2023
3 hours

Aim

To equip individuals with the knowledge required to provide effective workplace training.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you should be able to:
  • explain the key features of training
  • discuss experiential learning and the learning cycle
  • describe the 4 main learning styles
  • consider the influence of preferred learning modes and personality types on how individuals learn
  • identify the knowledge and skills that are needed by the trainee(s)
  • conduct effective training to meet the needs of the trainee(s) and provide the trainee(s) with constructive feedback
  • assess the performance of trainees using an evidence-based approach
  • identify and resolve problems with training materials, methods and facilities.

Classification and diagnosis

Diabetes

2023
1 hours

Aim

To provide a general overview of the condition, diabetes mellitus.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • classify diabetes mellitus into its four distinct types according to aetiology
  • provide estimates for the increasing prevalence of the disease by geographical location
  • list the signs and symptoms of diabetes and the criteria for its diagnosis
  • state the acute and long-term complications of diabetes
  • describe the key objectives for the organisation of diabetic services.

Diabetes in pregnancy

Diabetes

2023
1 hours

Aim

To understand the impact of diabetes in pregnancy and appropriate management strategies.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • list the main risks to mother and baby of diabetes in pregnancy
  • describe the key health promotion issues to minimise the risk factors during pregnancy
  • propose changes to treatment, where appropriate, for women with diabetes who are pregnant to ensure optimal control
  • provide guidance on the management of gestational diabetes.

Diabetic emergencies

Diabetes

2023
2 hours

Aim

To be able to recognise and appropriately manage a diabetic emergency.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • list the acute complications of diabetes
  • describe the symptoms associated with hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, diabetic ketoacidosis and the hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state
  • make recommendations for how each type of emergency should be managed
  • provide advice to patients on the course of action they should adopt when they are unwell.

Glycaemic and metabolic monitoring

Diabetes

2023
1 hours

Aim

To be able to effectively monitor control of the condition for those with diabetes.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • provide advice to patients on testing of blood glucose
  • make recommendations for glycaemic control based on the results of glycated haemoglobin testing
  • recognise the pivotal role of patient education in empowering people with diabetes to better manage their condition
  • list management targets for metabolic control to include the surveillance approaches for the early detection of diabetes complications (blood glucose, blood pressure and blood lipids).

Long term complications

Diabetes

2023
4 hours

Aim

To prevent the development of long-term complications of diabetes or manage them should they occur.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • describe the microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes
  • list the risk factors for developing microvascular and macrovascular complications
  • describe how the management of risk factors can reduce the likelihood of diabetic patients developing these complications
  • outline current guidelines for the treatment of hypertension and dyslipidaemia in patients with diabetes.

Managing Type 1 diabetes

Diabetes

2023
4 hours

Aim

To be able to effectively assist patients with type 1 diabetes in managing their blood glucose.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • outline the metabolic effects of insulin
  • describe the differences between the main types of insulin
  • discuss the various treatment regimens
  • provide practical advice to patients on injection devices
  • critically evaluate the evidence-base for tight glycaemic control as a means to preventing complications
  • promote the safer use of insulin.

Managing Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes

2023
2 hours

Aim

To be able to effectively assist patients with type 2 diabetes in managing their blood glucose.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • Update on the drugs used to manage Type 2 diabetes, including SGLT2 inhibitors and GLP-1 agonists
  • Inclusion of the new NICE algorithms for initiating anti-diabetic medications ( for patients with and without CV disease)
  • The earlier use of SGLT2 inhibitors in treatment, due to renal and cardiovascular protection
  • Additions to the SADMAN criteria for SICK DAY rules and evidence from early Diabetes Remission trials and clinics

Risk factors and prevention

Diabetes

2023
1 hours

Aim

To understand the risk factors for diabetes and the likelihood of developing the condition.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • identify the main modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for developing diabetes
  • state the evidence base that supports healthy lifestyle interventions as a means of preventing type 2 diabetes
  • outline healthy lifestyle choices for people with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes.

inflammatory bowel disease

Gastrointestinal disease

2023
4 hours

Aim

To enable healthcare professionals to provide effective care for patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this module you should be able to:
  • describe the pathophysiology of the inflammatory bowel diseases
  • identify the signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • make recommendations for the medical management of each condition
  • critically evaluate the efficacy of interventions and medical management.

stoma

Gastrointestinal disease

2023
6 hours

Aim

To enable healthcare professionals to provide effective care for patients with stomas.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • explain the role of stoma formation in the management of lower gastro-intestinal disease
  • describe the surgical procedures involved to form the different types of stoma
  • detail the various types of appliances and accessories available to patients with stomas
  • recognise the problems associated with stoma formation
  • provide practical advice to enable people with stomas to have minimal disruption to their day-to-day lives.

Controlled drugs - striking a balance

Legislation

2016
8 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:
  • comply with legislation underpinning controlled drugs
  • state changes in the legislative framework for controlled drugs arising from the Fourth Shipman Report
  • review the role and responsibilities of the Accountable Officer in relation to 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.

CNS

Minor Ailments

2023
2 hours

Aim

To equip healthcare professionals to deal with CNS issues such as teething, musculoskeletal pain, headache, sleep disturbances and travel sickness.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:
  • list possible causes of pain that respond to non-prescription medication
  • recommend appropriate analgesics for teething, musculoskeletal pain and headache using an appropriate evidence-based approach
  • consider differential diagnosis
  • identify danger symptoms, referring when appropriate
  • advise patients on the prevention and management of these condition
  • recommend non-prescription medication and lifestyle measures for insomnia and travel sickness.

Ears, eyes and oral health

Minor Ailments

2019
3 hours

Aim

To equip healthcare professionals to deal with conditions related to the eyes, ears and oral health.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:
  • recognise and manage common eye conditions such as dry eyes and conjunctivitis
  • differentiate minor eye conditions from more serious eye conditions that will require referral
  • provide advice to patients on the management of ear wax and ear infections
  • recognise and manage common conditions of the mouth such as ulcers, dry mouth, oropharyngeal candidiasis and axial cheilitis
  • consider the differential diagnosis of these oral conditions
  • describe treatment options for sore throat and consider differential diagnosis
  • travel sickness.

GI

Minor Ailments

2023
3 hours

Aim

To equip healthcare professionals to deal with the non-prescription management of GI conditions.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:
  • recognise the upper GI symptoms of dyspepsia, GORD and colic
  • recognise the lower GI symptoms of constipation, diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease and haemorrhoids
  • consider the differential diagnosis
  • identify danger symptoms, referring when appropriate
  • manage these conditions using non-prescription medication
  • advise patients on prevention and management of these conditions

Infections and infestations

Minor Ailments

2023
4 hours

Aim

To provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge to effectively diagnose and manage infections and infestations.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:
  • recognise and manage common infestations such as threadworm, head lice and scabies
  • identify and treat common viral, fungal and bacterial infections of the skin and nails
  • consider differential diagnosis
  • recognise danger symptoms, referring when appropriate
  • identify symptoms of common childhood infections, providing advice and supportive therapy as required.

Respiratory

Minor Ailments

2019
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.

Skin

Minor Ailments

2020
4 hours

Aim

To provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge to diagnose and manage common skin conditions.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • recognise the inflammatory skin conditions of eczema, contact dermatitis (including nappy rash), psoriasis and seborrhoeic dermatitis
  • consider the differential diagnosis and management of these conditions
  • describe the treatment options and prevention of warts and verrucas
  • state the treatment options for acne and indications for referral
  • detail first-aid advice for burns and scalds
  • provide advice on the treatment and prevention of bites, stings, urticaria and sunburn.

Urogenital

Minor Ailments

2023
2 hours

Aim

To provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge to diagnose and manage common urogenital conditions.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • recognise the symptoms of cystitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, vaginal thrush, primary dysmenorrhoea and menorrhagia
  • consider the differential diagnosis
  • identify danger symptoms, referring when appropriate
  • manage these conditions using non-prescription medication
  • advise patients on lifestyle measures to help manage these conditions.

high-risk medicines - Insulin

Patient safety

2023
1 hours

Aim

To promote the safer use of insulin in clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you should be able to:
  • identify the errors commonly encountered with insulin
  • describe the possible clinical consequences associated with insulin
  • list the causes of medication incidents involving insulin
  • implement strategies to reduce the risks with insulin
  • safeguard patients by providing them with appropriate information about their insulin
  • promote staff education and safe systems of practice as effective means of reducing medication errors associated with insulin

high-risk medicines - Opioids

Patient safety

2020
1 hours

Aim

To promote the safer use of opioids in clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you should be able to:
  • list the causes of medication incidents involving opioids
  • describe the possible clinical consequences associated with opioids
  • implement strategies to reduce the risks with opioids
  • safeguard patients by providing them with appropriate information about their opioids
  • promote staff education and safe systems of practice as effective means of reducing medication errors associated with opioids

high-risk medicines - Oral anticoagulants

Patient safety

2018
2 hours

Aim

To promote the safer use of oral anticoagulants in clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:
  • list the causes of medication incidents involving oral anticoagulants
  • describe the possible clinical consequences associated with oral anticoagulants
  • implement strategies to reduce the risks with oral anticoagulants
  • safeguard patients by providing them with appropriate information about oral anticoagulants
  • promote staff education and safe systems of practice as effective means of reducing medication errors associated with oral anticoagulants

medical calculations

Patient safety

2014
3 hours

Aim

To increase confidence in accurately performing different types of medicines-related calculations commonly encountered in the clinical setting.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you should be able to:
  • undertake the conversion of units of mass and volume from smaller or larger units and vice versa
  • express the concentration of a solution in terms of quantity per volume, percentage concentrations and parts
  • dilute a stock solution to the particular strength needed for patient use
  • calculate the dose of a drug accurately for intravenous infusion, intravenous bolus dosing and oral administration.

medication incidents

Patient safety

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.

medicine prescription and administration record

Patient safety

2014
2 hours

Aim

To familiarise all clinical staff with the Northern Ireland medicine prescription and administration record for adults.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you should be able to:
  • record patient information, including allergy status, risk factors, additional charts used and medicines management issues
  • undertake the venous thromboembolism risk assessment for hospitalised adults
  • document the prescribing and discontinuation of injectable, non-injectable and as required medicines
  • adopt a consistent approach to documenting medicines that are to be administered less than once per day
  • record the administration of medicines accurately
  • document doses that have been omitted and the reason for omission
  • prescribe oxygen in accordance with the NPSA recommendations and BTS guidelines.

Benzodiazepine reduction

Prescriber support

2014
3 hours

Aim

To enable pharmacist prescribers to effectively manage benzodiazepine reduction and withdrawal in primary care.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this workshop you should be able to:
  • describe the mechanism of action of the bezodiazepines
  • state the extent of benzodiazepine prescribing in Northern Ireland
  • explain the implications of long-term benzodiazepine use for patients
  • highlight the range of evidence-based models available for benzodiazepine reduction
  • list the challenges specific to undertaking this role within primary care.

brief interventions

Public health

2017
2 hours

Aim

To equip healthcare professionals (HCPs) with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver an effective brief interventions in practice.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this course you should be able to:
  • define what is meant by a brief intervention
  • apply the model of behaviour change to your practice
  • outline the principles of effective communication
  • raise the subjects of smoking, alcohol consumption or physical inactivity with patients in routine practice and record intervention in patient notes
  • assess patient/clients for risk and their motivation to change
  • advise on the risks to health posed by smoking, alcohol and physical inactivity
  • assist patients/clients by signposting and providing additional information sources.

emergency contraception

Public health

2024
4 hours

Aim

To enable you to provide a high quality service to patients who request emergency contraception, signposting them to other healthcare professionals where appropriate.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • discuss the various methods of emergency contraception available
  • provide guidance to patients about emergency contraception and their sexual health
  • detail the key questions to ask in relation to requests for over-the-counter levonorgestrel
  • know which reference sources provide valuable evidence-based information on emergency contraception.

asthma

Respiratory disease

2024
6 hours

Aim

To enable healthcare professionals to provide effective care for patients suffering from asthma

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • outline the morbidity, mortality and economic impact of asthma
  • identify the risk factors associated with developing asthma
  • review the underlying pathophysiology
  • effectively monitor patients
  • describe best practice in managing adults and children with asthma
  • provide advice regarding non-pharmacological management
  • promote self-management by patients

COPD

Respiratory disease

2023
4 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
  • list the factors contributing to its development
  • describe its morbidity, mortality and economic impact
  • state the under underlying pathophysiology of COPD
  • specify diagnostic criteria and appropriate investigations
  • critically review the evidence-based for managing COPD and its complications
  • identify your role in improving the care of this patient group.

inhaler devices

Respiratory disease

2023
2 hours

Aim

To enable healthcare professionals to provide effective care for patients requiring inhalation therapy for the management of asthma and COPD.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • outline the range of inhaler devices currently available for use in treating asthma and COPD
  • list and describe the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of inhaler devices
  • demonstrate the correct use of each of these devices
  • advise on the use of spacer devices where appropriate
  • provide advice regarding the most appropriate inhaler device for a particular patient group.

contraception

Women's health

2023
4 hours

Aim

To enable you to provide evidence-based information to patients seeking contraception.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • describe the menstrual cycle
  • list the types of contraception currently available, along with associated benefits and risks
  • detail significant interactions with contraceptives and other medication
  • explain the principles of natural family planning
  • appreciate the role of the pharmacist in assisting patients with contraceptive choices.

menopause management

Women's health

2023
4 hours

Aim

To enable you to provide evidence-based medical advice to women experiencing the menopause.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • recognise the symptoms experienced by women around the time of the menopause
  • identify patients who may benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • recognise the different types of HRT available and their appropriateness for individual patients
  • provide advice to patients on the risks and contra-indications to HRT
  • raise awareness of alternatives to HRT therapy and self-help techniques for managing menopausal symptoms.

menstrual disorders

Women's health

2023
2 hours

Aim

To enable you to provide evidence-based information to patients requiring assistance with menstrual disorders.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • describe the menstrual cycle
  • identify the main menstrual disorders
  • differentiate between the various forms of menstrual disorders
  • specify prescription and non-prescription medication that may be used to alleviate specific menstrual disorders according to best evidence
  • provide advice on lifestyle modification that can assist with the management of menstrual disorders.

Pregnancy

Women's health

2024
4 hours

Aim

To enable you to provide evidence-based medical advice to pregnant women and those who are wanting to become pregnant.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course you should be able to:
  • discuss the problems associated with fertility
  • explain the management of chronic medical conditions in pregnancy
  • specify suitable products (prescription-only and over-the-counter preparations) that may be used to treat established medical conditions and common ailments during pregnancy
  • highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the use of appropriate nutritional supplements prior to conception and during pregnancy.

urogenital conditions

Women's health

2023
4 hours

Aim

To enable you to provide evidence-based medical advice to women experiencing urogenital conditions.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:
  • diagnose the condition cystitis
  • suggest appropriate options for the treatment of cystitis
  • differentiate between the various conditions that can result in abnormal vaginal discharge
  • explain the management of conditions associated with abnormal vaginal discharge
  • recognise the role of the pharmacist in educating women on the treatment and prevention of common urogenital conditions.