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.

Primary care pharmacy education pathway

Exemption and equivalence processes for the Primary care pharmacy education pathway

This page is for those who are working in roles funded by the primary care network (PCN) additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS) who are seeking exemption from all, or part of the pathway

and

those who are not eligible for the pathway, but are wanting to show that they have at least the same level of knowledge and skills as if they had completed the pathway so that they can carry out structured medication reviews (as described in the NHS England GP contract 2021/22 Structured medication review and medicines optimisation guidance).

  • Section one: Exemption guidance for those in PCN ARRS funded roles
  • Section two: Equivalence process guidance for those who are not in PCN ARRS funded roles.

Section one: Exemption guidance for those in PCN ARRS funded roles

Pharmacy professionals being employed through using the primary care Network Contract DES ARRS funding must either be enrolled in, or have qualified from, one of the CPPE commissioned training pathways (Primary care pharmacy education pathway, Clinical pharmacists in general practice or Medicines optimisation in care homes and for pharmacists a separate independent prescribing training course) that equip the pharmacy professionals to be able to practise and, in the case of pharmacists, prescribe safely and effectively in a primary care setting in order to deliver the key responsibilities of the role.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians employed using the Network DES ARRS funding will have a range of prior experience, training and qualifications to consider. It may be possible for pre-existing qualifications and experience to be considered when considering exemption from some or all of the education pathway if it meets the learning objectives of the CPPE pathway. Please note that possible exemption for pharmacy technicians is limited to the Leadership module unless they have completed or are taking part in the CPPE Medicines optimisation in care homes pathway.

NHS England and Health Education England have agreed that CPPE will decide if prior learning or experience is eligible for exemption from some or all of the pathway. All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians funded using the ARRS must either enrol on the pathway or apply for exemption.

Download the documents and read through the guidance before applying for exemption.

Please email primarycare@cppe.ac.uk if you have any queries.

Pharmacists who think they may be exempt from the whole pathway should apply for exemption before enrolling on the pathway. Pharmacists who are unsure or who are seeking exemption from parts of the pathway should enrol and then apply for exemption.

Summary of process for applying for exemption

*Completed means completing one of the CPPE pathways and having the Statement of assessment and progression pathway completion award.

** Pathway means either the Clinical pharmacist in general practice pathway, the Medicines optimisation in care homes pathway or the Primary care pharmacy education pathway.

Section two: Equivalence process guidance for those who are not in PCN roles ARRS funded role

NHS England and Improvement and Health Education England has asked CPPE to develop a process to enable pharmacists who are not eligible for the CPPE Primary care pharmacy education pathway (PCPEP) to demonstrate whether their knowledge, skills and experience are at least equivalent to those of pharmacists who have taken part in one of the extended education pathways. This process is also intended to help PCN clinical directors to understand that their pre-PCN pharmacist workforce has the competence to carry out structured medication review. The process consists of

  • Part one - completion of an online form to provide some information about the pharmacist, a description of their role, and details of the relevant education and training they have completed.
  • Part two - writing and submitting reflective accounts by answering five questions giving more detail of their role and how they are applying their knowledge, skills and experience.

Process Guidance

Please download the guidance for applicants and read through it before applying for pathway equivalence. If you have any queries about the equivalence process please email generalpractice@cppe.ac.uk

Starting the process

Please click here to start the process of applying for pathway equivalence.

Please note: If you start the process for pathway equivalence an application will be automatically created for you on the CPPE website. If you are on a CPPE national pathway this is not the way to apply for exemption from the pathway or any of the modules, please discuss this with your education supervisor.

If you want to know more about the process and what it entails please download the guidance for applicants and read through it before applying for pathway equivalence. If you have any queries about the equivalence process please email generalpractice@cppe.ac.uk Starting an application for pathway equivalence will take you to a different page where you should click on the blue 'Pathway Equivalence' button to begin the process and receive information about how to complete the survey.