Key practice developments of 2016


  • Welcome to this CPD module
  • Pre-test
  • Introduction
  • Medicines optimisation
  • Transfer of care
  • Controlled drugs
  • Public health
  • Smoking cessation
  • Cautionary notes
  • Zika virus
  • Post-test
  • Action & Evaluation

Welcome to this CPD module

This module looks at some of the key practice developments to have impacted on community pharmacy over the last 12 months.


To provide community pharmacists with an overview of key developments in practice in 2016.


After completing this module you should be aware of:

  • The safety issues that were raised during the year and their implications for patients 
  • The clinical guidelines of relevance to pharmacy practice that were either launched or updated
  • Other changes that occurred during the year that affect how community pharmacy operates.

Contributing author:

Asha Fowells MRPharmS, clinical pharmacy writer


How to use this module

You can test your existing understanding of this topic by completing the initial pre-test. Then work through the module before taking the post-test to see if your knowledge has improved.

Record your learning and how you applied it in practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.


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Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.