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.

Newly qualified pharmacist programme

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Newly qualified pharmacist programme

For all healthcare practitioners, the move into professional practice is complex and demanding. It includes a period of intense learning of new skills, knowledge and behaviours. Newly qualified pharmacists need to adapt to a new phase in their career, and will experience the responsibilities of professional judgment and accountability. Newly qualified pharmacists have described 'lack of confidence', 'decision making', 'managing professional relationships', 'being in charge', and 'adapting to the workplace' as the greatest challenges they face.

The overall aim of the Newly qualified pharmacist programme is to support newly qualified pharmacists to develop, and demonstrate, confidence and competence in core areas of pharmacy practice. The programme is designed to support pharmacists to become better equipped to adapt and deliver safe and effective patient care, and overcome the challenges of this new stage of their career.

The 12-month programme, fully funded by Health Education England (HEE) as part of their Newly Qualified Pharmacist pathway, takes a blended learning approach.... and offers a mix of online learning, workshops, assessment and work-based support through a designated CPPE education supervisor.

The Newly qualified pharmacist programme will be a pharmacist’s first step in their post-registration professional development journey, and provides comprehensive learning to support pharmacists’ springboard towards Independent Prescribing (IP) training. More information is available on the Training programme page.

Who's eligible to apply for the CPPE Newly qualified pharmacist programme?

The fully funded 12-month Newly qualified pharmacist programme is for pharmacists who completed pre-registration training in the 2020/2021 cohort, and are working in community pharmacy, primary care* and health in justice (including locums).

Hospital pharmacists are not eligible to apply. Some employers, such as Boots have internal training programmes for newly qualified pharmacists; therefore, if you are working for Boots, you are not eligible to apply for the CPPE Newly qualified pharmacist programme.

* If you are employed as part of the PCN Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS), you will be expected to enrol for the CPPE Primary care pharmacy education pathway as a requirement of the PCN Directed Enhanced Service (DES) specification. You can find out more information about the pathway and how to apply here. Do not enrol for the Newly qualified pharmacist programme if you are employed via ARRS funding.

To complete the workplace element of the programme, pharmacists must be employed for the duration of the programme.

You must be on the GPhC register as a pharmacist in order to apply. Provisionally registered pharmacists are not eligible.

Key dates

Cohort 1
  • Applications closed: 07 November 2021
  • Start date: 08 November 2021
Cohort 2
  • Applications open: 08 November 2021
  • Applications close: 06 February 2022
  • Start date: 31 January 2022

Contact newlyqualified@cppe.ac.uk if you cannot find the answers to your questions about the Newly qualified pharmacist programme on our website.