Managing medicines: Learning outcomes

Last updated: Monday, December 03, 2018

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Explain the concept of medicines optimisation.
  • Recognise the different types of guideline you will encounter as a pharmacist. 
  • Identify the role for a local formulary, NICE and other methods for managing the introduction of new medicines.
  • Outline some reasons for medicines shortages and the role of commissioning in affecting how patients have access to certain medicines.

You should allow 120 minutes to complete this tutorial, including the Learning Exercises.


This tutorial is aimed at hospital pre-registration pharmacists, and will help you achieve GPhC performance standards such as these:
  • A2.3  Follow work systems correctly
  • A2.4  Use resources effectively
  • C2.11  Refer, or direct the person, to a more suitable source of help or information, when necessary

If you are a foundation pharmacist, this tutorial may help you meet competencies from the RPS framework including:
  • 1.3  Provision of medicine.
  • 4.1  Clinical governance.
  • 4.5  Procurement.

Continuing professional development

There are lots of activities that we've suggested within the body of this tutorial that you could write up as a CPD exercise.