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.

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 judgement 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 NHS England (NHSE) as part of their Newly Qualified Pharmacist pathway, takes a blended learning approach, offering 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 on their post-registration professional development journey, and provides comprehensive learning to support pharmacists to demonstrate readiness to enrol on an independent prescribing (IP) training course.

If you are an employer or a newly qualified pharmacist and would like to know more about the programme, watch our information webinar below.

More information is available on the Training programme page.

Who's eligible to apply?

The CPPE Newly qualified pharmacist programme is for pharmacists who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council(GPhC) since 2021* and are employed or locuming in any of the following settings as their main role:

  • Community pharmacy (except Boots)**
  • Integrated care boards
  • Community health services
  • Health and justice
  • General practice***
  • Care homes***

* Pharmacists who registered before 2021 who are returning from a career break are also eligible to apply.

Who is not eligible to apply?

** NHSE provides separate funding for pharmacists working for Boots or in hospital pharmacy. These pharmacists are not eligible to apply for the CPPE programme; they are expected to access the internal training programmes for newly qualified pharmacists and education supervision provided by those employers and funded by NHSE.

*** Pharmacists working in posts which are funded via the primary care network (PCN) additional roles reimbursement scheme are not eligible to apply for the CPPE Newly qualified pharmacist programme as they are required to enrol on the Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway (PCPEP).

Pharmacists who are not working in a patient-facing role are not eligible because the Newly qualified pharmacist programme is a workplace-based vocational programme.

If you are changing your area of practice, then please see our early careers pharmacists page for resources to support you to move into community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy or primary care.

Key dates

Cohort 6
  • Applications open : 08 January 2024
  • Applications close: 18 March 2024
  • Start date: 25 March 2024

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