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.


Pharmacist prescribing is now established in a wide range of sectors and clinical disciplines. Prescribers enjoy independent prescribing rights for almost all medicines within their scope of competence, including controlled drugs. You can find out more about independent prescribing, as well as information about the universities that offer accredited independent prescribing and conversion courses, on the General Pharmaceutical Council website.
Our prescribing resources are mapped to A competency framework for all prescribers and a range of evidence-based sources on good prescribing practice. They will support you to develop and maintain your prescribing skills to improve delivery of services and patient outcomes.
For trainee, newly qualified and established prescribers, we have developed the Prescribing learning gateway, which supports your development as a prescriber, regardless of the stage you are at.
Alternatively, for prescribers who haven’t been able to actively prescribe for some time, we have introduced the Return to prescribing course, which consists of three online workshops that support you to redevelop your competence and confidence.



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

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.

Return to prescribing: Prescribing - signpost

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