Managing Medicines

Last updated: Monday, November 06, 2017

This tutorial is aimed at pre-registration hospital pharmacists.

The NHS can be a confusing place, and the overall structure of the health service is complicated. If you're not sure you understand the role of the various organisations involved in the English NHS, then this video from the King's Fund will help to explain things.

But Pharmacy has its own complexities too. When you first start working in a hospital pharmacy, you may be puzzled by some of the abbreviations you hear. A colleague might ask you about a patient’s PODs, discuss the latest NICE ‘TA’, or tell you about the PGD that was approved at the APC… And it’s not just abbreviations either. What’s ‘homecare’? What’s a ‘special’? This is the world of hospital pharmacy jargon, and you will soon be an expert, but it’s not always easy at the beginning of your career to work out what it all means. In this tutorial we hope to give you a brief introduction to these and other topics.

It is only a basic overview, so some of this material will be known to you already. It's designed to make sure that you are familiar with some essentials at the beginning of your career, and you might find this tutorial helpful to refer back to.

We'll cover a range of subjects as listed below. To start, click on 'Medicines optimisation' or 'next page' at bottom right.










You can also download a PDF version of this whole tutorial.
When you've finished this tutorial, why not record a CPD entry via the GPhC's Plan + Record facility?
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