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 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’ to demonstrate readiness to enrol on an Independent Prescribing (IP) training course.

More information is available on the Training programme page.

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

The CPPE Newly qualified pharmacist programme is for pharmacists employed or locuming in community pharmacy, primary care* or health in justice who registered with the GPhC since 2020. Pharmacists who registered before 2020 and are returning from a career break or changing sector are also eligible to apply.

Who is not eligible to apply for the CPPE Newly qualified pharmacist programme?

HEE provide separate funding for pharmacists working for Boots or working in Hospital pharmacy. Pharmacists working in these areas 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 HEE.

* Pharmacists working in primary care in posts which are funded via the primary care network 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).

Key dates

Cohort 3
  • Applications open on: 01 September 2022
  • Applications close: 14 November 2022
  • Start date: November 2022
Cohort 4
  • Applications open on: 02 January 2023
  • Applications close: 13 March 2023
  • Start date: 27 March 2023

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

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