NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality 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.

Early career 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 Post-registration foundation curriculum. This curriculum is underpinned by the RPS Foundation Framework 2019 and has been designed to support early career pharmacists further develop their capabilities to deliver safe and effective person-centred care. The outcomes place the patient, medicines optimisation and service delivery at the heart of the pharmacist’s role.

Early career pharmacists working in community pharmacy who wish to build their confidence and competence who are not eligible to apply for the CPPE Newly qualified pharmacist programme can access the Preparing for community pharmacy practice e-course.

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

Early career 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.

Early career pharmacists employed in hospital pharmacy can access the Orientation to hospital pharmacy e-course to support their learning and development. More information about other programmes that will support their learning and development can be found here.

To support your development we have listed the five domains of the RPS Post-registration foundation curriculum below and provided examples of some of the learning resources we have developed which will support you to meet the outcomes of the curriculum.

If you completed your pre-registration training in 2020/21,we would encourage you to apply for the HEE Newly Qualified Pharmacist Pathway. This new (optional) pathway is designed for learners across all sectors of pharmacy, to help them meet their development needs as they enter newly qualified practice. The pathway is also intended to help pharmacists make the transition to more independent learning. It acts as a stepping-stone towards enhanced and advanced practice. Core elements of the pathway include: funded access to the RPS e-Portfolio, learning outcomes linked to the RPS Post-registration Foundation Pharmacist Curriculum, a library of curated learning resources mapped to the new Curriculum domains, and funded access to educational supervision. You can register via the following link  Newly Qualified Pharmacist pathway | Health Education England (hee.nhs.uk) 


RPS Post-registration foundation curriculum