This training package (workbook and associated resources), is looking to support you in developing confidence in the skills and knowledge you need to answer questions about medicines.

It has been commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) for their Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme, and has been produced by pharmacy professionals working in NHS Medicines Information Services, that are part of the UKMi network.

The aim of this package is to help build your confidence around answering questions about medicines, whichever sector you work in, and to give you ways of thinking about things so that you can approach things in a structured way.

We have developed a suite of podcasts and bitesize audio ‘micro-teaches’ for you to listen to. These links are in the appropriate sections of the workbook but we thought that it would also be useful for you to have them in one place.

Topic categoryTitle
MethodologyHow to take in a question
 How to plan a search strategy
‘How to’ topicsHow to think about renal function
 How to think about IV compatibility
 How to think about drug interactions
 How to think about legal questions
 How to think about medicines stability (compliance aids)
SkillsShared decision making
Critical appraisal and pharmacoeconomicsSummary statistics – absolute risk reduction and number needed to treat
 How to think about odds and odds ratios
 How are medicines funded in the NHS in England
 Pragmatic critical appraisal

Answering Questions about Medicines MI Skills Workbook

Short audio on terms used when dating a pregnancy

Short audio on what to ask about toxic ingestions

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