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Helping Community Pharmacy protect the public's health


Health protection learning/CPD events

During February and March NHS Education for Scotland, in partnership with Health Protection Scotland and members of the Scottish Health Protection Network, will be delivering a series of learning events for community pharmacists on health protection. 

Health protection is a branch of public health responsible for keeping the public safe from exposure to hazards that could damage their health (including communicable disease and environmental hazards) and to limit any impact on health when such exposure cannot be avoided.  Health protection includes immunisation, blood-borne viruses, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and gastrointestinal infections. 

Health protection services in Scotland are delivered by a number of very diverse organisations and professional groups.  Community pharmacists are regarded as part of the health protection workforce and their contribution is greatly valued and increasing.

The planned learning events will highlight the key role community pharmacists perform in relation to specific health protection topics including Lyme disease, immunisation and AMR.  The learning outcomes for each topic are listed below:

Ticks and Lyme disease

  • Understand the nature of Lyme disease and the mode of transmission
  • Describe the clinical presentation of early, early disseminated and late Lyme disease
  • Identify the risk factors for contracting Lyme disease associated with tick bites
  • Know how to prevent tick borne infections
  • Understand how Lyme disease can be diagnosed and treated
  • Describe the role of the community pharmacist in educating the public about the balance between enjoying the outdoors versus tick borne infection


  • Describe the scope and purpose of the recently expanded Scottish Immunisation Programme
  • Understand the public health impact of the Scottish immunisation programme with particular reference to new vaccination programmes


  • Describe the public health significance of AMR
  • Understand the role of the community pharmacist in supporting public health initiatives designed to tackle AMR.

For more information about planned update events check the published programme in NES Pharmacy News 2017 or book online via Portal to reserve a place. 

Health Protection updates – including Lyme Disease

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

22 February

Glasgow & Clyde

22 February


8 March


14 March

Forth Valley

22 March

Note: Dates may be subject to change.


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