Dictionary of Medicines + Devices - elearning for healthcare
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  • Academic Health Science Network
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This programme has moved to the NHS Learning Hub. We recommend you read the information on this webpage to find out more about the programme before you access the learning (https://learninghub.nhs.uk/catalogue/dictionary-of-medicines-and-devices).

More information about the Learning Hub and the migration of elfh programmes can be found here.

About the NHS dictionary of medicines and devices programme

This elearning programme was developed to explain what the NHS dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d) standard is, the benefits of using it, and how dm+d can be implemented in secondary care, including hospitals, clinics and community care settings across England.

The animated elearning sessions cover key areas related to the dm+d standards.

  1. What is dm+d: introduces the dm+d standard in non-technical terms and outlines what is provided, its purpose, and benefits for patient safety. This session is for clinical and non-clinical staff.
  2. Why you should adopt the dm+d standard: outlines the benefits of implementing dm+d and explains who needs to be involved. This session is for clinical staff.
  3. How to adopt the dm+d standard: provides relevant information, including NHS Blueprinting and requirements to embed dm+d. This session is for organisations who are about to implement dm+d and those who want to further their understanding for what it means to be compliant with the dm+d standard.

Each of the sessions takes approximately 25 minutes to complete and contributes to your continuing professional development. A certificate can be downloaded on completion of each session.

dm+d is part of the Information Standard (DAPB 4013) that has been published which requires all IT systems that transfer medication information to be compliant by 31 March 2023. [DAPB4013: Medicine and Allergy/Intolerance Data Transfer – NHS Digital]

Further resources to help with the implementation of dm+d are available on the Terminology and Classifications webpage [dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d) – NHS Digital]

To keep informed about further developments, support and events relating to this area, please subscribe to the NHS England updates and alerts for pharmacy and medicines professionals updates and Terminology and Classifications newsletter

More information

In January 2020, the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellows in collaboration with NHSX and NHS England and Improvement, launched a project exploring the challenges of implementing the NHS dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d) standard. This elearning programme aims to support the workforce in understanding and implementing the dm+d standard across secondary care in England.

Meet the team

  • Chris O’ Brien – Lead Product Manager, Digital Medicines Programme, NHS England
  • Andrew Pritchard – Programme Manager, NHS England
  • Jo Goulding – Head of Pharmacy and GS1 Strategy, NHS England
  • Paul Wright – Standards Implementation Engagement Lead (Pharmacy), NHS England
  • Guy Jepson – Senior Specialist Pharmacist, NHS BSA
  • Chan Fung – Senior Specialist Pharmacist, NHS BSA
  • Kate Blush – Senior Media and Campaigns Officer, NHS BSA
  • Samantha Murphy – Media and Campaigns Officer, NHS BSA
  • Kirstie Taylor – Director of Communications and Engagement, Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria

NHS England elearning for healthcare team

  • andi blackmore

    Andi Blackmore

    Programme Manager - Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Robin Pollard

    Rob Pollard

    Project Manager - Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Karen Walker - ID

    Karen Walker

    Learning Designer - Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Communications and Stakeholder Officer - Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Rashmi Chavda

    Rashmi Chavda

    Graphic Designer - Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England

How to access

To access this elfh programme, you will require a Learning Hub account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below. Note that if you hold a full elfh account, you can sign into the Learning Hub using your existing login credentials.

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To view the dictionary of medicines and devices programme, select the View button below.  If you already have a Learning Hub account, you will also be able to login and access the resources within the programme.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access to the Learning Hub, you may be able to access the service if you have an existing OpenAthens account. Please go to Learning Hub and sign in with your existing credentials.

If you do not have an existing OpenAthens account, please contact elfh directly to check whether you may be eligible for access.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are an HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the dictionary of medicines and devices programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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