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Pharmacy First Toolkit: Introduction

The Pharmacy First service became available from community pharmacies in England from January 31, 2024. It allows pharmacy teams to complete episodes of care including provision of advice and NHS funded treatment where appropriate for seven common conditions. Use this toolkit as your indispensable service implementation guide. Compiled by Patrick Grice.

17 Feb 2024 , 25 Min Article

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Pharmacy First: Practising good antimicrobial stewardship

There is recognition that community pharmacy teams have a key role to play in antimicrobial stewardship. Pharmacy First and similar schemes are intended to enable more completed episodes of care in pharmacies for specific common conditions, some of which will involve treatment decisions about antibiotics.

06 Feb 2024 , 15 Min Article

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Pharmacy First: Sore throat – part 2

This CPD module is the latest in our series designed to support pharmacists in delivering the Pharmacy First service in England. It covers the clinical management of acute sore throat.

02 Feb 2024 , 20 Min Article

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Pharmacy First: Sore throat — part 1

This CPD module is the latest in our series designed to support pharmacists in delivering the Pharmacy First service in England. It covers assessment and clinical decision-making regarding acute sore throat. After completing it you will be able to conduct a simple examination of the throat; know which conditions and red flags require referral; and use a clinical scoring system to assess the likelihood of bacterial infection.

17 Jan 2024 , 30 Min Article

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Key clinical developments in 2023

This module is suitable for use as part of pharmacists’ continuing professional development, a key component of the revalidation process. After reading this module in the magazine or online at, you can include it in your personal Pharmacy Magazine revalidation record.

02 Jan 2024 , 20 Min Article

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Combined oral contraception

In preparation for the new Pharmacy Contraception Service in England, this module runs through an assessment of contraception needs, then goes into some of the practical aspects associated with both ongoing supply and initiation of combined oral contraceptives.

15 Nov 2023 , 20 Min Article

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Pharmacy First: Management of shingles

This is the first in a new series of CPD modules which cover conditions included in the proposed NHS Pharmacy First service in England and equivalent schemes in other parts of the UK.

03 Jan 2024 , 20 Min Article

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First prescriptions for heart failure

This module covers medicines used in the management of heart failure.

13 Sep 2023 , 60 Min Article

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Management of heart failure

The module will help you to formulate the key points to discuss with a patient prescribed treatment for heart failure. You will also be able to describe how you might identify patients who may have undiagnosed heart failure or who may require changes to their treatment due to a deterioration in symptom control.

14 Aug 2023 , 20 Min Article

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First prescriptions for glaucoma

This module covers topical treatments used in the management of glaucoma.

14 Jul 2023 , 20 Min Article


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The vast potential of point-of-care testing in pharmacy

New research is encouraging for pharmacists looking to establish POCT as a more integral part of their service provision.

18 Jan 2024 , 8 Min Article


Into the danger zone: heartburn and indigestion

Community pharmacy teams are an important source of initial advice and ongoing help in the management of heartburn and indigestion but should also look out for possible danger signs...

18 Jan 2024 , 15 Min Article


Scenario: Upper GI pain

Scenario: Patrick Heaney, who is 52 years old, appears in the pharmacy at lunch time complaining of stomach ache that has come on suddenly over the last few hours. What do you advise?

18 Jan 2024 , 1 Min Article


Nutrition and medicines: part three

Nutrition, medicines and myths: evolution of pharmacy practice.

08 Dec 2023 , 10 Min Article


Service toolkit: Smoking Cessation

The Government wants England to be “smoke-free” by 2030 and pharmacies could help achieve this ambition by engaging with the Smoking Cessation Advanced Service.

05 Oct 2023 , 1 Min Article


Making connections

The integration of pharmacy IT services with the wider NHS is gathering pace, overseen by the Community Pharmacy IT Group.

02 Oct 2023 , 1 Min Article


Weight loss drugs: should we believe the hype?

Does the repurposing of incretin-based therapies as anti-obesity agents warrant all the hype? And can the NHS deliver such medications equitably, safely and sustainably, given the recent problems with shortages as demand soars?

04 Oct 2023 , 1 Min Article

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Improving asthma care

Asthma attacks in the UK have increased by a third over the past decade and the number of people affected by the disease here is among the highest in the world. So why aren’t new therapeutic options being utilised to better effect?

09 Oct 2023 , 1 Min Article


Beta-blockers may reduce knee arthroplasties in OA

Beta-blockers may reduce the need for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in people with osteoarthritis, a Spanish case-control study reports.

06 Oct 2023 , 1 Min Article


Dealing with those bumps in the road

Helping pregnant women every step of the way

18 Sep 2023 , 1 Min Article


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Sexual healing

Amidst an alarming increase in STI infections in the UK and funding cuts to sexual health services, more people will be looking to the pharmacy for help.

12 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article


Lean into the screen

The early detection of health conditions is often crucial to successful treatment and maintaining long term health. This feature explores how the pharmacy can become the place patients turn to for testing.

08 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article


Repeat offenders

Heartburn and indigestion are common but often mistaken for one another, so how can pharmacy teams help customers identify and tackle these different conditions?

08 Feb 2024 , 1 Min Article


Nasal conditions

The nose is one of the body’s first points of defence when it comes to guarding against viruses, bacteria and other harmful particles in the air. It plays an important role in the respiratory and immune systems, which is why we often feel unwell when affected by nasal conditions.

08 Feb 2024 , 15 Min Article


A closer look at men's health

Men cannot afford to be reticent to talk about their health, as UK mortality statistics show. This article explores how pharmacy teams can help men engage with issues of sexual health.

15 Jan 2024 , 1 Min Article


To B12 or not to B12?

This feature explores the importance of vitamin B12 and the vital role it plays in maintaining our overall health.

15 Jan 2024 , 1 Min Article


Bumps ahead!

Pregnancy can have an impact on many aspects of a woman’s mental and physical health. This feature explores a range of conditions that can occur during pregnancy and how the pharmacy can help.

15 Jan 2024 , 1 Min Article


Women's intimate health

For many women, the pharmacy is the first port of call when it comes to changes to their intimate health. With many OTC treatments available, pharmacy teams can assist women with treatment expertise and comforting advice.

12 Jan 2024 , 10 Min Article


Most people still reach for short-acting heartburn treatments

Pharmacy teams should provide guidance on longer acting products, says Haleon.

18 Dec 2023 , 2 Min Article


Community pharmacies offer eye care advice

Getting a GP appointment is no longer an easy task, which creates opportunities for community pharmacies to help customers by offering eye care advice and treatment.

07 Dec 2023 , 1 Min Article