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.

Community pharmacy technician: advancing your role programme

Who is the programme for?

The Community pharmacy technician: advancing your role programme is open to community pharmacy technicians.

This is a fully funded course that helps community pharmacy technicians develop the skills and confidence to deliver effective clinical services in community pharmacy.

Watch the following video where Liz Fidler, Senior Professional Advisor Pharmacy Technician Practice, outlines the reasons why this programme is needed for the profession.

More information is available in the following video where Liz Fidler, Jo Nevinson and Hayley Berry talk through the programme and the reasons why it is important to support the role of the community pharmacy technician.

If you still have questions after checking the programme information below, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document. For any queries not covered by the FAQ, please contact info@cppe.ac.uk.

Programme aims

This programme aims to develop the knowledge, clinical skills and behaviours of pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy to increase patient access to clinical services by widening the skill mix in community pharmacy teams.

Programme format

The programme is made up of the following main components:

  • Four-month self-directed e-course comprised of six modules
  • Learning needs assessment (LNA) at start of programme
  • Initial meeting with an CPPE Education supervisor to discuss learning needs and form an action plan
  • Approximately 4-6 hours of learning per week
  • One face-to-face workshop on clinical assessment skills (CAS)
  • Workplace practice of CAS
  • Mandatory two-hour evening workshop for reflection in month four
  • Optional monthly one-hour peer support sessions

Learning outcomes

Once you have identified your own personal learning needs by completing the self-assessment framework, the different topic areas in this programme will support you to:

  1. Define your strengths and transferable skills to identify your learning needs and then create a personal development plan
  2. Describe how changing legislation will influence and affect your ongoing practice
  3. Apply the essential knowledge and skills required to deliver highly effective clinical services in community pharmacy.
  4. Apply relevant clinical therapeutics to person-centred consultations, ensuring that shared decision making is prioritised
  5. Demonstrate appropriate clinical assessment skills and apply them to your practice
  6. Develop your skills as a reflective practitioner and apply these to your practice
  7. Build a powerful personal and professional support network to support you during this programme and your ongoing practice
  8. Create a record of learning and application (RLA) to show competencies and achievements from the learning undertaken.

Who can apply?

Pharmacy technicians who currently work in community pharmacy and are looking to gain the skills to develop their roles in practice.

Programme dates

You will need to apply via the application process and confirm that you:

  • are a community pharmacy technician
  • have access to a pharmacist or other health care professional in practice who is able to observe and sign off your clinical assessment skills in practice
  • will provide the postcode of your place of work
  • agree to attend one of the mandatory Clinical assessment skills face-to-face workshops and one online peer reflection workshop to guarantee your place and gain access to the e-course.

You need to attend both the CAS and peer reflection workshops to enrol on the Community pharmacy technician: advancing your role programme. You will choose the dates that work best for you.

More dates will be released in due course for further cohorts of this programme.

Dates and locations for the full-day Clinical assessment skills workshop are as follows:

  • Thursday 22nd February - Milton Keynes
  • Monday 26th February - Leeds
  • Tuesday 27th February - Exeter
  • Wednesday 28th February - London
  • Friday 1st March - Nottingham
  • Tuesday 4th June – Exeter
  • Thursday 6th June – Newcastle
  • Tuesday 11th June – Manchester
  • Tuesday 18th June – Nottingham
  • Monday 24th June – Birmingham
  • Thursday 27th June – London
  • Tuesday 2nd July – Milton Keynes
  • Wednesday 10th July – Leeds
  • Tuesday 16th July – Bristol
  • Wednesday 17th July – Woking

The Clinical assessment skills workshops will run from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Dates for the evening online peer reflection workshop are planned for:

  • Monday 12th February 2024
  • Tuesday 27th February 2024
  • Tuesday 19th March 2024
  • Wednesday 1st May 2024
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2024
  • Tuesday 25th June 2024
  • Tuesday 9th July 2024

The evening peer reflection workshop will run from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

Optional online monthly peer support sessions will run for the duration of the programme. The planned dates for these sessions are:

  • Wednesday 28th February 2024
  • Thursday 7th March
  • Tuesday 19th March
  • Wednesday 3rd April
  • Wednesday 17th April
  • Wednesday 8th May
  • Tuesday 21st May
  • Wednesday 19th June
  • Thursday 27th June
  • Thursday 4th July
  • Thursday 18th July

The monthly peer support session will be 12.30pm-1.30pm.

Alongside your learning needs analysis discussion, your CPPE education supervisor will confirm all the course requirements, including help to book onto workshops and how to navigate the training platform, in your initial meeting with them.

Individual CPPE education supervisor support

Once you have enrolled on the e-course, you will be assigned a CPPE education supervisor, who will contact you to arrange an online meeting of 40 minutes to discuss your learning needs.

You will have access to a tracker linked to your CPPE profile so you can see your progress through the course and update your progression as you go. You can enable the CPPE viewer to allow your employer to see your progress on the programme.

Apply now to reserve your place