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 the register

Our Return to the register – building a portfolio programme is designed for pharmacy professionals seeking a return to the register after an absence of more than 12 months. The course is for pharmacy professionals who plan to provide NHS services in England within approximately six months of completing the course. This programme may also be available to pharmacy professionals who work or plan to work in the private sector – please contact us to discuss the suitability of this course for you. Here's what one participant had to say about this event:

“Thank you - this course came just at the right time for me and gave me the confidence I needed to carry on with my application to re-register. Before the course I had been really daunted by the portfolio process and had a hard time trying to figure it all out. I came along and gained a lot from it and am subsequently back on the pharmacy technicians' register.” Return to the register participant


Booking on to a workshop

Compiling a portfolio might seem daunting, so we have designed this programme to help you.

In 2024 we are running 3 online e-courses (six-week online course) each year. You will need to commit to the full six weeks of the e-course including the online workshops which are mandatory to progress through the course. (Find out more about the e-course).


May to June 2024:

Wednesday 22nd May, 7pm - 9 pm: Introductory online workshop

Wednesday 5th June, 7pm - 9 pm: Week 3 online workshop

Wednesday 19th June, 7 pm - 9 pm: Week 5 online workshop


October to November 2024:

Wednesday 9th October, 7pm - 9 pm: Introductory online workshop

Wednesday 23rd October, 7pm - 9 pm: Week 3 online workshop

Wednesday 6th November, 7 pm - 9 pm: Week 5 online workshop


Email info@cppe.ac.uk to book your place on these courses. 

The materials for these events have been endorsed by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Information about a portfolio of evidence

Since October 2012, pharmacy professionals who have been absent from the GPhC register for more than 12 months have been required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate current professional competence when applying to re-join the register.
The portfolio must include a self-assessment of competence against the GPhC standards, a personal statement, a self-evaluation of how any training, CPD or work experience has prepared the applicant for practice and a personal development plan.