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


NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I), Health Education England (HEE) and CPPE have developed a policy that seeks to clarify the position with regard to the appropriate timing of independent prescribing training to keep patients and prescribers safe. It also seeks to clarify the position on learners on the CPPE pathway studying another non-mandatory training programme at the same time

Timing of independent prescribing

In addition to the CPPE training pathway, pharmacists supported with the PCN additional role reimbursement scheme are expected to undertake independent prescribing (IP) training if they have not already completed this. The timing of this needs to be carefully managed to ensure the pharmacists have a solid foundation on which to build to become safe prescribers.

It is important that employers and pharmacists have a complete understanding of the competences of basic pharmacist training and the additional training and experience pharmacists require, before undertaking IP training. The CPPE pathway and the work experience provide solid foundations to build on with IP training so that pharmacists become competent, confident and safe prescribers in a primary care setting.

Further details can be found in the policy through the link below.

Studying another, non-mandatory, training programme at the same time as the CPPE pathway

Studying another course at the same time as the CPPE course adds a great deal of pressure to the pharmacy professional. NHSE/I, HEE and CPPE have made the decision that pharmacy professionals should not enrol in any non-mandatory training whilst completing the CPPE training pathway, in order to remain focused on this. In some cases, pharmacy professionals have already started another course when they start their new role in primary care; in which case there are three options for them which can be found in the policy.

The full policy can be found here

For any further queries please email primarycare@cppe.ac.uk