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 pharmacist programme 2020/21

The overall aim of the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 is to support support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic to make the transition from pre-registration trainee, through provisional registration, to becoming a fully registered foundation pharmacist and beyond.

The programme is mapped to the IFPP learning outcomes which have been developed, in partnership with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), to focus on confidence, proficiency, workplace outcomes and decision making. These learning outcomes are based on the RPS Interim Foundation Pharmacist Curriculum, which has been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by partners across the UK.

The fully-funded programme takes a blended learning approach and offers a comprehensive mix of online learning modules, workshops, assessment and work-based support through a designated CPPE education supervisor.

If you are preparing for your registration assessment in 2021, Module 2 of the programme has been mapped to the outcome weighting of the assessment. To find out more about how the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 can support your preparation for the GPhC registration assessment, click here.

Learning objectives

On completion of the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 you should be able to:

  • apply effective communication and consultation skills to deliver person-centred consultations
  • work with pharmacy colleagues, peers and the multidisciplinary team to develop personally and professionally
  • deliver medicines optimisation and offer high-quality, safe and cost-effective medicines support
  • focus on delivering safe and effective care for people with long-term conditions
  • support people to manage their own health, medicines and long-term conditions
  • deliver high-quality pharmacy services to meet patient needs and public health priorities.

Overview of the programme

The programme includes the following modules:

Module 1:

  • Consultation skills and person-centred practice
  • Collaborative working

Module 2:

  • Clinical knowledge and evidence-based practice

Module 3:

  • Leadership, management and professionalism

Module 4:

  • Education, research and evaluation

Each module has a specific set of learning outcomes, an e-learning component and a range of practice activities which are used to support application of learning to practice.

Online Training

You will participate in online and self-directed learning to meet aspects of their personal development plan.

The Canvas online learning platform will be a virtual ‘classroom’ and networking site throughout the programme. You will be provided with Canvas login details and an induction to the platform.


The Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 will include attendance at a two CPPE workshops. You will choose workshops in discussion with your education supervisor, relevant to your individual learning needs.

You will also attend Community Pharmacist Consultation Service training workshops with CPPE or the RPS.


Assessments include e-assessments, supervised learning events (also known as workplace-based assessments), a portfolio and a statement of progression at the end of the pathway. Online assessments are completed remotely at any time. The assessment strategy is proportionate, providing assurance of patient safety within a manageable time.

Recognition of completion of the programme

At the end of the programme you will have a review meeting with your education supervisor to discuss your portfolio of evidence and your personal development plan. To receive a Health Education England (HEE) Statement of Development against the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme you need to have:

  • Completed the minimum assessment requirements (see page 19 of HEE handbook
  • Developed a portfolio of evidence mapped against the IFPP learning outcomes
  • Completed a learning needs analysis to meet the remaining learning outcomes

We don’t expect you to have all of the learning outcomes signed off. To achieve completion of the IFPP you will therefore need a personal development plan that describes how you will meet all the IFPP learning outcomes.

Education supervision

You will be allocated a designated CPPE education supervisor who will review your progress in practice and provide you with feedback and support to develop your confidence and competence to deliver high-quality community pharmacy services. Your relationship with your education supervisor is vital to successful development during the programme. Your education supervisor will meet with you (approximately once every 2-months) during the programme to discuss progress, carry out a number of practice-based assessments, discuss your portfolio entries and offer feedback and support.

The CPPE education supervisor’s role will include the following activities:

  • individual support
  • personal development planning
  • providing developmental feedback
  • conducting supervised learning events (SLEs)
  • reviewing progress with the modules, SLEs and portfolio
  • providing a final sign off at the end of the programme.