NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

Accuracy checking pharmacy technician programme

The CPPE Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme aims to support pharmacy technicians to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide the final accuracy check of dispensed medicines that have been clinically screened or approved by a pharmacist, and assembled and labelled by another team member.

The ACPT programme is open to pharmacy technicians in England who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).


To begin your application, access the application form here.


Contact actp@cppe.ac.uk if you cannot find the answers to your question on the Accuracy checking pharmacy technician programme pages.

Overview of the programme

The CPPE Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme is a 3-12 month training and development programme available to pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy or secure environment pharmacy in England or NHS hospital pharmacy in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The course is designed to support you in meeting a range of competencies during your training in order to deliver safe and effective patient care. It includes tasks that will develop your leadership skills to support the team and drive performance.

Our programme offers a blended approach to learning that includes resources for self-directed study, e-learning and practice-based activities. It is flexible so that it meets the needs of stakeholders in community pharmacy and secondary care. Following comprehensive assessment, you will be able to use this learning to support optimisation of skills in the dispensary.

You can find out more about the programme in the detailed programme handbook.

The ACPT programme is open to pharmacy technicians in England who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). 

The programme is fully funded by the NHS England Pharmacy Integration Fund for pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy or health and justice in England. The pathway is fully funded by Health Education England for pharmacy technicians working in secondary care in London and South East England.

How to apply

Application process

To apply for the ACPT programme you will need to complete the following steps in order:

Frequently asked questions

Download FAQs.

If your question is not answered in the FAQs or by reading the programme handbook, please contact us: acpt@cppe.ac.uk


Programme handbook

Dispensing log

Declaration of dispensing accuracy form

NB: Checking logs and review paperwork will be accessible via Canvas.

CPPE appeals procedure

Apply now

Applications can be made here.

Programme progress

CPPE has designed an efficient way to record the key activities and assessments you undertake as you progress with the Accuracy checking pharmacy technician programme. This will help you to track your progress with milestones, learning and assessments throughout the programme.

The CPPE ACPT team will be able to see your progress with your learning, assessments and ePortfolio evidence and will provide feedback to you in activity series 3.

This pathway progress tracker is only for pharmacy technicians who have applied and been accepted by CPPE onto the ACPT programme.

Access programme progress here.