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.

Trainee pharmacists

As you start your foundation training year it can seem a challenge to maintain your learning while you are working in practice. Our learning programmes support you to prepare for your pre-registration exam and gain evidence towards your General Pharmaceutical Council performance standards for your portfolio. You can also find CPPE and peer support through our CPPE Pre-reg Facebook page. Our trainee pharmacist leaflet guides you through how CPPE can support you in your foundation training year. Why not think about how you can use theLearningpharmacy.com™ to support your team development and meet your competencies in this area?

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. If you’re working in community pharmacy practice, it’s a legal requirement to complete NHS repeat dispensing learning.

Wherever you work consultation skills are essential. To find out more about the national practice standards for consultation skills in pharmacy, visit the Consultation skills for pharmacy practice website.

Take a look at our section on foundation practice to see how we can support your early years.

A good place to start with our learning programmes is our interactive PDF, What’s new in BNF? We release a new version each time a new edition of the BNF is published, and working through this programme will support you as you study for your registration assessment.

Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Online courses held over a number of weeks, supported by a CPPE tutor


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

focal point

Programmes for community pharmacy teams


Self-study guides available as PDFs

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor


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.