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

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 will open on 29 July 2019. The deadline for applications runs up until the 6 October 2019 and there is a limit of 100 places. The programme will commence on the 4 November 2019.

Read an overview of the programme.

Who's eligible?

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are a newly qualified pharmacist (you qualified from 2017 onwards)
  • are a community pharmacist returning to practice after a career break
  • are a pharmacist moving to community practice from another practice environment

and you work for at least three days a week as either a locum pharmacist or in an independent or small multiple community pharmacy


Overview of the programme

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

  • Life skills and leadership
  • Consultation skills and person-centred care
  • Medicines optimisation
  • 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 an education supervisor.

Successful applicants will be expected to undertake the full programme of study.

Key date

Application process opens: 29 July 2019
Closing date: 6 October 2019
Programme start date: 4 November 2019

CPPE reserves the right to charge a fee for early withdrawal from the programme.