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 pharmacy technicians

As you start out as a pharmacy professional our learning programmes can equip you to demonstrate your competence to offer new services in the community. Our programmes can also help you extend your clinical knowledge and confidence if you provide pharmacy services in a secondary care setting. 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.

If you work in London, Kent, Surrey or Sussex then you may also be interested in undertaking training in accuracy checking. You can find further details of the programme on the ACPT web page.

You can keep up to date with clinical recommendations by working through our interactive PDF What’s new in BNF? It contains ten case studies which focus on clinical changes in the latest version of the BNF. We release a new version of What’s new in BNF? each time a new edition of the BNF is published.

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK has produced a framework for professional development in foundation practice across pharmacy. This framework may help you to decide which areas of learning you would like to work on most.

We have worked with Pharmacist Support and APTUK to produce this pharmacy technicians' factsheet that provides you with advice and resources to support you in a number of areas, including:

  • qualifying and registering as a pharmacy technician
  • CPD and fitness to practice   
  • employment issues
  • money management
  • wellbeing
  • financial and legal advice.

Our pharmacy technicians' leaflet is a good place to start to find out how CPPE can support you in your career journey.

Engage with your peers and our tutors on the CPPE pharmacy technicians Facebook page. Or via our dedicated Twitter account @CppeTechnicians.

Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Online courses held over a number of weeks, supported by a CPPE tutor


Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures

focal point

Programmes for community pharmacy teams


Self-study guides available as PDFs

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams


Local workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor or some you can deliver yourself

Learning levels explained

We recognise that people have different learning needs. Some of our programmes contain core learning while others deliver more complex learning that is only required to support certain roles. We have three categories of learning (1,2,3) and have allocated each programme to an appropriate category.

Core learning. Builds on limited knowledge. Some background reading may be required.

Application of knowledge. Assumes prior learning.

Supporting specialisms. We may not be the provider and will signpost you to other learning providers.

Learning programmes from other providers which complement your learning.