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.

Return to practice

Our Return to practice course supports pharmacy professionals (pharmacists and pharmacy technicians):

  • returning to community pharmacy practice following a career break
  • wanting to change sector to community pharmacy
  • returning to practice in England after work elsewhere in the UK or in other countries worldwide.

If you have been out of practice or off the register for more than a year and want to return to pharmacy practice to provide NHS services in England within the next six months, this course is for you. Read our customer testimonials.

This is a tutor-led online course delivered over 12 weeks with four full day and two shorter online workshops supplemented with our Canvas e-course platform. You will learn from a range of purpose designed online and printed materials. This includes presentations, scenarios and simulations, quizzes, and discussions.

The full day online workshops are the essential element of the course, and you must attend each day to progress. The Canvas course has flexible access, and you will use it to prepare for the online workshops and for future practice.

If you are not currently on the General Pharmaceutical Council register, you should also consider joining our Return to the register course. These courses are designed to complement each other and can be done in either order.

Read our frequently asked questions about returning to practice.

The next series of events will run on the following dates:

Course commences Monday 19 September and finishes Sunday 11 December

Introductory web meeting - Thursday 22 September (7pm to 9pm)

Web meeting week 4: Community pharmacy framework - Friday 14 October (9am to 4pm)

Web meeting week 5: A typical pharmacy day: person-centred care - Friday 21 October 2022 (9am to 4pm)

Web meeting week 10: Medicines optimisation - Friday 25 November 2022 (9am to 4pm)

Web meeting week 11: Commissioned services and public health - Friday 2 December 2022 (9am to 4pm)

An important element of the course is collaborative and shared learning. For this reason we ask participants to commit to the whole series. Please ensure you can fully attend each day.

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