Coronavirus CPD resources 

COVID-19 clinical practice & medicines-related information

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You may also want to visit the main RPS COVID-19 hub for the latest alerts, support and information on our campaigning.

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Additional training and learning:

Basics of Critical Care

Helping you step up to support your critical care colleagues.

Handbook: Introduction to Critical Care

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For pharmacists who are new to providing pharmacy services in the critical care setting. It will provide a brief understanding of the critical care patient, the environment, and some of the tools you will need to provide a basic but solid clinical review.

Click on the cover to download version 2.

Q&A Webinar: Sedation, Medicines Reconciliation, Renal impairment

Watch our webinar recording from 26 March with UKCPA Critical Care Committee Experts speakers:

  • Greg Barton, Specialist Pharmacist in Critical Care and Burns
  • Mark Borthwick, Consultant Pharmacist Critical Care

Critical Care Pharmacy Q&A from Royal Pharmaceutical Society on Vimeo.

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Common conditions 

Managing patients that you don’t usually see, in any setting.

We recommend that you revisit the management of common acute and chronic conditions seen in practice. Here is a handy list from our Core Professional Knowledge Guides:

  • Clotting disorders – DVT and PE
  • Atrial Fibrillation – management and prevention of complications
  • Heart failure – with reduced ejection fraction and with preserved ejection fraction
  • Hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Diabetes – Type 1, Type 2, gestational, alcohol or steroid induced
  • Stroke – haemorrhagic and ischaemic
  • Asthma and COPD
  • Dementia and Parkinson’s disease
  • Common infections – respiratory, urinary tract, skin and soft tissue
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain

Get to know your references:


Download the BNF app from your mobile device app store for easy to access and up-to-date drug monographs. Access is free within the UK. See our overview here.

Find out if your organisation has access to MedicinesComplete, or a current version of Medicines, Ethics and Practice.

Other resources to refresh your knowledge:

  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Pharmacy: RPS members can access for free in our e-library -There are helpful chapters on therapy-related issues, including: Cardiovascular disease, respiratory system, infections, endocrine, pain, palliative care
  • Clinical Medication Review: A Practical Guide (2014) – a useful guide to medicines review and identifying medicines-related problems (Specialist Pharmacy Services)

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Transitioning to hospital practice

Helping you get familiar with clinical roles in the hospital setting.

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Clinical management of COVID-19


  • BMJ Best Practice: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – online or PDF
    This resource describes what to expect in terms of clinical presentation, diagnostics, and management

Experimental therapies

A message from Professor Gino Martini, Chief Scientist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society:

The COVID 19 pandemic has initiated a global hunt for an effective treatment or prophylactic by the pharmaceutical industry and research institutions. A number of companies are revamping older antivirals, some developing new antivirals whilst others are repurposing drugs or researching for new vaccines and monoclonal antibodies.Never have we seen such a global concerted effort to deal with such a deadly contagion. Due to the very limited robust data on efficacy and safety, we do not currently endorse these potential treatments for novel coronavirus (COVID 19) outside a controlled research environment. We are monitoring the emerging research and will continue to update our members of developments.

NHS position statement - Management of COVID-19 in adults with investigational agents: Interim Support for clinicians in England

The evidence-base in this area is rapidly changing. Take this into account when using the following resources: 


Diagnostic testing 


 Drug safety  




Other evidence-based summaries

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COVID-19 in special populations

Guidance for patients with specific conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NICE & NHS guidance:
  • NHS specialty guides for patient management.
    These cover key service delivery considerations for patient populations and services in the NHS.
  • NICE COVID-19 rapid guidelines:
    • Critical care – there is a handy flowchart that summarises the critical care admission algorithm
    • Dialysis service delivery
    • Delivery of systemic anticancer treatments


Other guidance: 

  • Patients on warfarin: 

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Guidance for the safe switching of warfarin to direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for patients with non-valvular AF and venous thromboembolism (DVT/PE) during the coronavirus pandemic (26 March)

Helen Williams, Lead Author and Consultant Pharmacist for CVD: “A number of associations and societies across the UK have come together to provide guidance on the safe switching of warfarin to DOACs  This needs to be undertaken in a phased manner over the 12 week cycle of INR monitoring to protect the supply chain for ALL patients.  As highlighted, many patients are not suitable for a switch from warfarin to DOACs and further guidance will be available shortly to support services providing care for these patients.” 

Respiratory – British Thoracic Society

-Community respiratory services (23 March) and resource pack for transitioning to remote delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation
-Interstitial Lung Disease (23 March)
-Obstructive sleep apnoea (20 March)
-Lung function testing (TBA from Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology)
-Information for respiratory patients

UK guidance:
-Critical care preparation and management in the COVID-19 pandemic (Joint guidance from The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, Intensive Care Society, Association of Anaesthetists, and Royal College of Anaesthetists): There are 6 key pharmacy-specific recommendations in the Operational section
-Critical Care FAQ and advice

International guidance:
-Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Guidelines on Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease2019

  • Endocrine:

-From the Society for Endocrinology: Considerations for those with thyroid dysfunction, thyroid cancer, and osteoporosis on zolendronic acid treatment
-Diabetes: Diabetes UK ‘sick day’ rules

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Recommendations for hospital departments:


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Return to practice training

Watch this space.

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