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.

Foundation years pharmacists

As you start out as a pharmacist, our learning programmes can equip you with the skills needed to offer new services in the community, or to extend your clinical knowledge within secondary care settings. We facilitate workshops and events throughout the country to encourage you to learn as part of a team and to network with colleagues. We also have a series of guides to support you in your personal development.

We have a variety of resources that will help you develop a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the outcomes found within the five domains of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's (RPS) Interim Foundation Pharmacists’ Curriculum. This curriculum is underpinned by the RPS Foundation Framework 2019 which has been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to develop provisionally registered pharmacists (PRPs) to meet the needs of the NHS as well as improve patient care. The Interim Foundation Curriculum has been developed for PRPs and will mirror the National Foundation Curriculum which will be launched in the spring of 2021.

If you are a PRP, you should enrol for the HEE Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) to access a library of resources to help you maintain and develop your clinical knowledge and help with revision for your GPhC registration assessment.

If you are a PRP working in community pharmacy, primary care, or Health in Justice, you are also eligible for foundation training with CPPE. More information and details of how to register can be found here.

If you are a PCN pharmacist who has been recruited as part of the primary care network Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme then you should apply for the Primary Care Pharmacy Education programme. More information and details of how to register can be found here.

Foundation pharmacists working in primary care should also work through the Primary care essentials e-course, which provides an introduction to the fundamentals of new roles for pharmacy professionals in general practice and care homes. More information about learning programmes available to pharmacists working in primary care can be found here.

PRPs employed in hospital pharmacy can find programmes that will support their learning and development here

HEE have also produced guidance which signposts all PRPs to learning opportunities which are mapped to the IFPP outcomes found within the RPS Interim Foundation Pharmacists’ Curriculum, and are useful for those working in all sectors of practice

To support your development we have listed the five domains of the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Curriculum below and provided examples of some of the learning resources we have developed which will to support you to meet the outcomes of the curriculum. 


Interim Foundation Pharmacist Curriculum