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.


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.