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CPU’s vision is to be the UK’s best training experience. Being the best means providing outstanding quality training, service and value, so that CPU can be the first choice for Healthcare Professionals. Our Mission is to achieve excellence in the training we provide.

Above all we want healthcare professionals to enjoy our courses. Don't take our word for it check our testimonial page!

 

About CPUpdates

CPUpdates Ltd was born to fill the gap in healthcare professionals training. Many pharmacists/nurses felt inundated with ever-changing guidelines and practice to review on top of their nine-to-five jobs. Pharmacists/nurses are now most people’s first point of call; Pharmacists are the high street’s clinicians. The role of pharmacists has evolved to provide high street services, MURs, prescribing pharmacists, consultant pharmacists - and, inevitably, the day-to-day guidelines we follow have changed with us.

 

Objectives:

After attending a course with CPU you can expect to have met the following objectives:

  • Understand how to support safe and appropriate medicines management for patients, including symptomatic control
  • Gain up to date knowledge of the management of various therapeutic areas current practice and evidence base
  • Enhance the role of the pharmacists/nurses in signposting, identifying medication related issues and patient counselling
  • To be able to demonstrate how you have implemented your learning in your own practice or practice’s clinical care/pharmacy
  • Courses provide all the material you’ll need to get 6 CPD credits per day for GPs and up to 6 CPDs for Pharmacists/nurses.

 

So what can you expect from a CPU course?

Courses are delivered in a lecturette style, summarising the latest guidelines in an easy to understand format. Key take home points and what it means in practice points at the end of each therapeutic area are also given to ease learning. The course booklets provided during the courses are much more than just course material. They cover more topics even more extensively than is possible on a one day course. CPUpdates is in the process of developing revalidation action packs which will contain step by step guidance on audits, reflective practice, and CPD and service developments. Course sizes are tailored to enhance learning with small groups to provide a one-to-one feel.

There is no pre-reading required for these courses; we’ve done all the work so you don’t have to.


The course is designed for:

All Pharmacists - especially locum pharmacists as they miss out on a lot of crucial training

GPs & Practice Nurses

Anyone who wishes to advance their clinical skills

Return to practice professionals in Nursing, Pharmacy and General Practice

Our expert speakers have no conflict of interests and include experts in consultant cardiology pharmacy, consultant diabetologist, renal pharmacist and clinical pharmacists.

 

Most importantly we have no involvement with the pharmaceutical companies so all information you receive is unbiased!


Other Clinical Services provided by CPU include:

  • Practice support and medicine management in GP practices and consortia
  • Medication reviews up to level 3
  • Optimum use of medication
  • Medication reconciliation and interface services
  • MUR
  • Hypertensive and Diabetic clinics
  • Travel clinics
  • Anticoagulant services
  • Clinical Audits
  • Patient level services using  independent prescribers
  • Care Home Clinical Medication reviews
  • Care Home training courses - Medicine Administration and Handling Course
  • Care Homes clinical medication reviews, optimisation of use of medication and medicine management support

 

We also provide emergency pharmacy locum services, providing:

  • Medicines Use Reviews - MURs
  • New Medicine Service - NMS
  • Emergency  Hormone Contraceptive services - EHC** 
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • And Much More 

 

Please call us for further details on 07947764158. There is No agency fees involved for employers!

** Only OTC one

 

Clinical Pharmacy Updates Course is taking place on the 12th November 2014 for all pharmacists, nurses and GPs. To mark our fith anniversary this course will be offered at a special low price of £25 only!  places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. The prices for booking after 5th November 2014 will be £40. To take advantage of this special price book today!

Please contact the CPU team on 07947764158 or via email [email protected] for further information.* Terms and Conditions apply. (Please note booklets are not included in this price to purchase the booklets at a special price of £30  please place your order when booking for the place, normal price for the booklets is £57.50)

 


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Latest Updates

August Updates 2015

August 2015 updates

Resources and FAQs for national flu vaccination service published by PSNC 

On 20th July 2015, PSNC announced that as part of the 2015/16 community pharmacy funding settlement NHS England has agreed to allow community pharmacies in England to offer a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination service for patients in at-risk groups. The service can be provided by any community pharmacy in England that has a consultation room, can procure the vaccination and meet the data recording requirements, and has appropriately trained staff. There is no limit on the number of vaccinations pharmacies can claim for as long as they are given to eligible patients ..Read more  

£15m pharmacists plan launched to ease GP workload

Up to 300 clinical pharmacists are expected to be recruited and employed in GP surgeries to provide direct patient care and to ease the workload of doctors, as part of a new £15m scheme launched by NHS England.

The three-year pilot project for England will see pharmacists support around a million patients with self-limiting illnesses or long-term conditions... Read more  

We will be providing training for pharmacists who wish to work in GP practices

NICE’s draft guideline to support the NHS in providing high quality and compassionate care for people who are dying has been published today.

 

January 2015 updates 

NICE UPDATES:

NICE medical technologies guidance [MTG22] Published date:

VibraTip (McCallan Medical) is a device resembling a small keyring fob that provides a near‑silent vibration of consistent amplitude, at a frequency similar to that of a calibrated tuning fork. It is intended to test a person's vibration perception during routine checks for diabetic peripheral neuropathy in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes ...READ MORE 

 

NICE quality standards [QS76] Published date: 

NICE guidelines [CG191] Published date: 

Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue. When a person has pneumonia the air sacs in their lungs become filled with microorganisms, fluid and inflammatory cells and their lungs are not able to work properly. Diagnosis of pneumonia is based on symptoms and signs of an acute lower respiratory tract infection, and can be confirmed by a chest X‑ray showing new shadowing that is not due to any other cause (such as pulmonary oedema or infarction). In this guideline pneumonia is classified as community‑acquired or hospital‑acquired, based on different microbial causes and patient factors, which need different management strategies .... read more  

 

STOPP (Screening Tool of Older Person's Prescriptions) and START (Screening Tool to Alert doctors to Right Treatment) as a pharmacy service

  1. S. Armitage
  1. 1Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore, Pharmacy, Tullamore, Ireland (Rep.)

Abstract

Background In 2009 National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older people in Ireland were written into Irish legislation by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). Standard 15 specifically states that each resident on long-term medication in the Residential Care Setting should be reviewed by his/her medical practitioner on a three monthly basis, in conjunction with nursing staff and the pharmacist.

Purpose Implementation of STOPP and START1 as a clinical pharmacy service to facilitate three monthly medication reviews in an older residential care setting. Qualitative evaluation of the acceptability of the service to General Practitioners. To read more click here..... 

Care Home Pharmacist Updates September 2014

Covert Administration of Medicines

Covert administration of medicines is a complex issue and involves the administration of a medicine disguised in food or drink to a resident who resists it when given it openly

 

Covert Administration of Medicines

Covert administration of medicines is a complex issue and involves the administration of a medicine disguised in food or drink to a resident who resists it when given it openly.

Scenario

During an inspection of a care home without nursing the inspector found a medicine administration record (MAR) chart with a printed instruction for "Amlodipine tablets  10mg Take one every day".

Underneath this printed instruction was a hand-written entry which said "can be crushed and mixed with fruit juice before taking".

Looking at the care plan, the inspector found that the person was being treated for Parkinson's disease and had difficulty swallowing. All other prescribed medication was either in liquid form or as dispersible or soluble tablets.

 

What issues does this raise?

 

  1. Is it acceptable to crush medication?
  2.  Does mixing medication with food or drink affect it?
  3.  Does the above scenario constitute covert administration? 
  4. Does the person have capacity to consent to treatment?
  5.  Who made the decision to crush and mix the medication with food or drink and what documentation is in place?
  6.  What is the care home's policy on this?
 

Things to consider

 

  1. What instructions are written on MAR charts
  2. What training have staff had regarding the administration of medicines in
  3. food and drink inclosing covert administration of medicines
  4. How are medicines crushed such as with tablet crushers, metal spoons,
  5. Mortar and pestle?
  6. Is food e.g. pots of jam, kept with medication?
  7. What policy and procedures are in place
  8. Does the care plan carry an assessment of the resident's capacity and identifies who carried out the assessment and when
  9. That the care plan reflects the person's assessed needs and any agreements to administer medicines in food or drink are clearly documented
  10. There are agreed review dates and reviews take place....Read more .............NMC

 

 

Inhaler Technique

Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) Turbohaler 

Asthma Quality Standards - NICE  

 

 

May 2014 Updates                               

CPUpdates is Celebrating its Fifth Anniversary!

To Mark our Fifth Anniversary we are offering our upcoming course at a ridiculously low price of just £25! Hurry and book your place for the Medicine Optimisation and Medication Review courses on 5th Novembe at Cricket Green Medical Practice, Mitcham* and 12th November 2014 at Holiday Inn, Woking!**

Limited places available so book now to avoid disappointment! For further details please see course booking section.

**T&C applies - offer valid until 9th June 2014, £50 per person there after for 12th November course in woking.
*5th November course in Mitham will remain at £25 per person.

February Bulletin 2014 

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE for the course on 11th February 2014! CALL US NOW ON 07947764158 TO BOOK YOUR PLACE.

We help Pharmacists with CPD support please contact us for further information.

 

January 2014 Updates 

Due to high demand for CPD training there will be a session on CPD included on 11th February 2014 course for an hour.
Thank you all delegates who have already booked for this course
If haven’t done as yet there are still few places left.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need further information.

 

December Bulletin 2013 

CPUPDATES Bulletin December 2013 - Read the Latest News

The CPUpdates team wishes all our customers past and present a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Latest News:

National confidential helpline for lonely and isolatedelderly people launched.. Silver Line Help Line

More than half of all 75 year olds in the UK live alone, andfigures from charity Age UK indicate that around 450,000 elderly people will spendChristmas alone this year

"[When elderly people] become isolated and vulnerable, it isthe nation's responsibility to make older people feel valued, to include them,empower them, and connect them back to their communities. That is what the Silver Line helpline will hope to achieve," writes Esther Rantzen, theservice's founder. Read more on organisation's website....

Change in licensing for Movicol - Norgine UK announces use of movicol in pregnancy..... Read more

 

NOVEMBER BULLETIN 

CPUpdates Ltd was born to fill the gap in healthcare professionals training. Many pharmacists/nurses felt inundated with ever-changing guidelines and practice to review on top of their nine-to-five jobs. Pharmacists/nurses are now most people’s first point of call; Pharmacists are the high street’s clinicians. The role of pharmacists has evolved to provide high street services, MURs, prescribing pharmacists, consultant pharmacists - and, inevitably, the day-to-day guidelines we follow have changed with us.

Objectives:

After attending a course with CPU you can expect to have met the following objectives:

 

  • Understand how to support safe and appropriate medicines management for patients, including symptomatic control
  • Gain up to date knowledge of the management of various therapeutic areas Current practice and evidence base
  • Enhance the role of the pharmacists/nurses in signposting, identifying medication related issues and patient counselling
  • To  be able to demonstrate how you have implemented your learning in your own practice or practice’s clinical care/pharmacy
  • Courses provide all the material you’ll need to get 6 CPD credits per day for GPs and up to 6 CPDs for Pharmacists/nurses.

 

So what can you expect from a CPU course?

Courses are delivered in a lecturette style, summarising the latest guidelines in an easy to understand format. Key take home points and what it means in practice points at the end of each therapeutic area are also given to ease learning. The course booklets provided during the courses are much more than just course material. They cover more topics even more extensively than is possible in one day course. CPUpdates is in the process of developing revalidation action packs which will contain step by step guidance on audits, reflective practice, and CPD and service developments. Course sizes are tailored to enhance learning with small groups to provide a one-to-one feel.

 

There is no pre-reading required for these courses; we’ve done all the work so you don’t have to.

The course is designed for:

All Pharmacists- especially locum pharmacists as they miss out on a lot of crucial training

GPs & Practice Nurses

And anyone who wishes to advance their clinical skills

Return to practice professionals in Nursing, Pharmacy and General Practice

Our expert speakers have no conflict of interests and include experts in consultant cardiology pharmacy, consultant diabetologist, renal pharmacist and clinical pharmacists

 

10 reasons why you should attend these courses:

  1. Achieve several of your CPD learning credits/episodes in one day
  2. Brush up on a host of key therapeutic areas
  3. Prepare for revalidation
  4. Network with fellow professionals from primary, secondary care and higher education institutions
  5. Receive a course certificate issued for the course
  6. Learn from leading professionals: cardiology sessions with Helen Williams, Simon Butler’s renal session and Dr N Patel’s diabetes sessions
  7. Relax during breaks
  8. Most importantly enjoy the day!
  9. There is no pre - course reading; we have done all the work so you don’t have to!
We have no involvement with the pharmaceutical companies so all information you receive is unbiased
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