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

As part of its existing contract with Health Education England to deliver training to 1650 pharmacists working in general practice, CPPE has developed the Primary care pharmacy education pathway to align the education requirements of the pharmacists with the NHS Long Term Plan and the primary care Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service.

The 18-month pathway builds on the success of the Clinical pharmacists in general practice education and the Medicines optimisation in care homes pathways and will equip pharmacists with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to work in various patient-facing roles in primary care networks as part of a multidisciplinary team. Pharmacists will be able to access a range of different study methods to suit different learning styles, a continuous assessment process and support from supervisors and peers.

Pharmacists who are already enrolled on the Clinical pharmacists in general practice education pathway will continue with this but any new applicants employed through the NHS England ‘Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice’ programme or the primary care Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service will join the Primary care pharmacy education pathway.

The education pathway is outlined below.

For further information please refer to the FAQ document.

Contact primarycare@cppe.ac.uk if you cannot find the answers to your question on the Primary care pharmacy education pathway pages.