About 1.2m people in England have a learning disability, which equates to approximately 2 per cent of the population. No matter which area of practice pharmacy professionals work in, they are likely to meet people with a range of different learning disabilities.
The learning disabilities learning campaign will challenge pharmacy professionals to ensure they are in a position to engage confidently in consultations with people with a learning disability and their carers.
There will be six challenges across the six weeks, culminating in obtaining a CPPE badge for completion.
As with previous campaigns some favourite challenges will be returning, such as the e-challenge and a new distance learning programme, which CPPE will post to every registered pharmacy professional in England.
CPPE is also planning some new challenges, including a Facebook Live chat on April 11. Like the CPPE page at facebook.com/cppeengland and pose your questions to the experts.
The learning campaign also challenges learners to adapt their practice in the form of a pledge to tackle the over-prescribing of psychotropic medicines to people with a learning disability, autism or both.
You can sign up to complete the challenges at cppe.ac.uk/learningdisabilities. This is also where further information will be available throughout the campaign.
You can also join the CPPE on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CPPELD to keep up-to-date with the campaign, and help spread the message.
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