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.


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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.


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Foundation pharmacist training pathway

Our Foundation pharmacist training pathway supports newly qualified pharmacists to develop their knowledge and skills in community pharmacy practice.

The Foundation pharmacist training pathway will support you to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience to deliver excellent patient care. Mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation practice framework, the programme aims to support you to be capable and competent in your role and ensure quality of care during the first stage of your foundation training – Foundation Stage 1. The 12 month fully-funded programme offers a comprehensive mix of online tutor-supported study, learning activities, workshops, assessment and work-based support through a designated work-based CPPE tutor.  

The Foundation pharmacist training pathway will incorporate an element of workplace support and assessment, allowing learning to be applied, developed and demonstrated in a practice environment.

Applications are now open. The deadline for applications is 25 September 2017 and there is a limit of 100 places. The programme will commence on the 6 November 2017.

Read an overview of the programme

Who's eligible?

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are a newly qualified pharmacist (you qualified after October 2015)
  • work for an independent or small multiple community pharmacy (as defined by this Pharmaceutical Journal article) or you are a locum pharmacist working at least three days per week in community pharmacy. If you are unsure as to whether you are elegible, please contact: info@cppe.ac.uk

Overview of the programme

The programme will be delivered over a 12 month period and will comprise learning on the following topics:

  • Life skills and leadership
  • Consultation skills and patient-centred care
  • Medicines optimisation and polypharmacy
  • Long-term conditions
  • NHS and public health services

You will be supported to complete a personal development plan to inform your learning during the course. You will be supported by CPPE to determine your development needs and to plan your workshop attendance. Support and assessment will also take place in your workplace, with regular visits from work-based tutors.

Download the application form here.

Successful applicants will be expected to undertake the full programme of study. CPPE reserves the right to charge a fee for early withdrawal from the programme.

Key dates

Application deadline: 25 September 2017

Successful applicants informed: 20 October 2017

Course start date: 6 November 2017

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