PrescQIPP learning resources09 Sep 2021
PrescQIPP provides a number of learning resources that will help improve your knowledge and skills to optimise medicines for your patients whether at an ICS or PCN/practice level, including webinars, skills training and e-learning courses.
Who we are
We started as a QIPP workstream in the NHS 10 years ago, and having successfully grown, in 2016 became a Community Interest Company (an independent social enterprise) that operates on a not for profit basis for the benefit of NHS patients and commissioners. We are solely funded by the NHS for the NHS.
What we provide
As well as providing evidence based bulletins, briefings and implementation tools on medicines optimisation priorities for use in practice, we recognise that health and social care professionals also need information to improve their own knowledge and skills in these clinical areas. As the NHS structures change and new roles emerge, we've developed and hosted several courses to help our subscribers gain new skills and knowledge on working within the medicines team, and within the wider NHS.
Who can use our resources
Whilst PrescQIPP originally developed e-learning courses for primary care, they are now designed for use across all health and care settings and any healthcare professional can register and access the e-learning platform. Individuals can buy access codes on a pay-per-use basis on our webstore (our courses are typically £10 - £15 each) - https://www.prescqipp.info/learning/pay-per-use/
HEE have purchased two e-learning courses on behalf of all CCGs in England - Practice Medicines Co-ordinators (PMC) and Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community courses 1 and 2.
PrescQIPP subscribers can purchase licences to the clinical e-learning courses in blocks of 50 for medicines optimisation team members, GP practice staff and care providers.
Subscribers also have the opportunity to purchase workshops (delivered in person or virtually) to cover clinical topics as well as freely access the NHS skills courses, webinars and leadership training.
Types of resources and Key areas
All our high quality e-learning courses are written by pharmacists and other subject experts. PrescQIPP is a Skills for Care Endorsed Provider, all the e-learning courses are CPD accredited and several also carry a NICE endorsement statement.
Our clinical portfolio currently includes – anticholinergic burden, anticoagulation, asthma, chronic heart failure, dependence forming medications, optimising medicines for adults with type 2 diabetes, polypharmacy and deprescribing and reducing opioid prescribing in chronic pain.
We also offer e-learning courses specifically for community and social care – three courses on Medicines use in care homes and two courses on Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community.
The workshops enable healthcare professionals to get together to update their clinical knowledge, be aware of the latest national guidance, network with colleagues and consider local implementation to support best practice and patient care We can also offer webinars as an alternative to the Face2Face format. Available workshop topics include anticoagulation, dependence forming medications, information mastery, pain, polypharmacy and deprescribing and type 2 diabetes.
The wide range of skills courses available generally cover non-clinical topics, including – behavioural change, budget setting, business case training, dealing with conflict, Excel training, engaging and influencing clinicians to change practice, GP clinical systems training (EMIS, TPP, Vision), marketing yourself and your medicines optimisation service, risk management and writing winning tenders.
The courses consist of 2-5 parts which are viewed as recorded webinars on the website and can be completed at a time convenient to you.
To complement our skills courses, we've run many one-off webinars covering key areas including - antimicrobial stewardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, critical appraisal skills, ePACT, electronic repeat dispensing using different GP systems, mentoring, safer use of controlled drugs and understanding contracts and tenders.
The NHS People Plan lists leadership, compassion, and improvement as the three of the principles for success. We are helping to develop leaders through two programmes:
- Leadership at lunch – 12 one hour sessions delivered 1-2pm, one per month. Open to all members of the PrescQIPP community including pharmacy technicians and practice/PCN based pharmacists, the topics include leadership styles, managing change, assertive influence, delegation, motivation and communication.
- The PrescQIPP Leadership Academy intensive is specifically designed for pharmacists working at a place level within the new commissioning structures. It involves six three-hour sessions delivered virtually.
Practice Plus is a professional network to connect PCN and practice pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with each other and to the wider NHS. A monthly webinar led by experienced clinical practice pharmacists and experts supports development and a closed discussion forum enables the sharing of good practice and problem solving. You can sign up to become a member of Practice Plus here - https://practiceplus.prescqipp.info/
Find out more:
Visit the PrescQIPP website to find out more about the learning resources that are available - https://www.prescqipp.info/learning/