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.

Trainee pharmacists

As you start your foundation training year it can seem a challenge to maintain your learning while you are working in practice. We offer a wide range of resources to support you including e-learning and downloadable distance learning programmes. We also run a number of workshop events (online or face to face) each semester, across England, which are facilitated by local tutors.

Our guide, Your foundation training year, has suggestions to get you started.

This guide tells you how we can support you to:

  • Gain evidence towards the GPhC learning outcomes – we have mapped some of our events to the GPhC learning outcomes, and we signpost you to more information about structured assessment tools.
  • Prepare for your registration assessment – we have suggested key programmes to support your revision, including mapping of CPPE and external resources to areas of high weighting.
  • Stay ahead in the job market – we list key programmes to support you to prepare for interviews and to become accredited to provide services.

To access these programmes and book a workshop you will need to register as a trainee pharmacist with CPPE. If you would like to find out how to register, and to merge an existing pharmacy undergraduate account with your trainee pharmacist account, you can access information here.

We have listed some programmes below to help you make sure you have a well-rounded portfolio of learning after you pass your registration exam, so you can secure the position that you want. 

Wherever you work, consultation and clinical history taking skills are essential. You can find out more about the national practice standards for consultation skills in pharmacy, and access resources and learning, by visiting our Consultation skills: face to-face and remote learning gateway.

Take a look at our section on early career pharmacists to see how we can support you beyond your foundation training year, as you begin your career as a registered pharmacist.



Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Extended online programmes which are either self-directed or supported by a CPPE tutor


Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures


Self-study, information-based, reflective online learning

focal point

Programmes for primary care teams including community pharmacy


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor

Optimise - workplace based

Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams


Local workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor or some you can deliver yourself

Learning levels explained

We recognise that people have different learning needs. Some of our programmes contain core learning while others deliver more complex learning that is only required to support certain roles. We have three categories of learning (1,2,3) and have allocated each programme to an appropriate category.

Core learning. Builds on limited knowledge. Some background reading may be required.

Application of knowledge. Assumes prior learning.

Supporting specialisms. We may not be the provider and will signpost you to other learning providers.

Learning programmes from other providers which complement your learning.