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.

Return to practice

Our Return to practice residential course supports:

  • pharmacists returning to community pharmacy practice following a career break
  • professionals wanting to change sector
  • pharmacists with recognised EEA qualifications who wish to practice community pharmacy in England.

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.

As a response to the coronavirus pandemic the next course will be run as a tutor supported online programme, covering the same content as the residential course.

Read our frequently asked questions about returning to practice.

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

Introductory session - Thursday 30 September (7pm to 9pm)

Day 1: Community pharmacy framework - Friday 8 October (9am to 4pm)

Day 2: A typical pharmacy day: person-centred care - Friday 15 October (9am to 4pm)

Day 3: Medicines optimisation - Friday 19 November (9am to 4pm)

Day 4: Commissioned services and public health - Friday 26 November (9am to 4pm)

The course runs as a tutor-led online course supplemented by a range of purpose designed online and printed materials. This includes presentations, scenarios and simulations, quizzes, and discussions.

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

Please note: It is not yet clear if Return to practice will run as face-to-face, or online events. Please ensure when signing up that you would be able to attend both in person, or via Zoom, if necessary. This page will be updated with more information closer to the time.