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 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 primary care or secondary care setting. We facilitate online and face-to-face workshops and events to encourage you to learn as part of a team and to network with colleagues. We have self-directed online learning to use around your work and personal commitments. 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 requirements of your foundation role, no matter which sector of pharmacy you work in.

If you work in a hospital, then you may be interested in undertaking training in accuracy checking. Health Education England provide funding for pharmacy technicians who work in an NHS hospital in the North of England or in London and the Southeast of England.  You can find further details of the programme on the ACPT web page.

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

Early career pharmacy technicians 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 pharmacy technicians working in primary care can be found here.

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
  • revalidation and fitness to practice   
  • employment issues
  • money management
  • wellbeing
  • financial and legal advice.

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


Extended online programmes which are either self-directed or supported by a CPPE tutor


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


Self-study, information-based, reflective online learning

focal point

Programmes for primary care teams including community pharmacy


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor

Optimise - workplace based

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.