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.

RPS advanced credentialing support programme

This pilot programme is now full and we are unable to take any further applications. Applications will open again when further funding becomes available.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and CPPE are working together to support pharmacists to be recognised as practising at an advanced level of practice in line with RPS Core Advanced curriculum and the NHS England Workforce, Training and Education (WT&E) ACP framework. Those who successfully complete the RPS e-portfolio assessment will be credentialed as an advanced pharmacist. This credentialling will mean you will have recognised equivalence in level of advanced practice to those who have completed the NHS England WT&E ePortfolio (supported) Route or an NHS England WT&E-accredited advanced practice programme.


Pharmacists who are currently eligible for this supported programme place are those who meet all the following criteria. You must:

  • be working within an NHS-commissioned service
  • be in an advanced role currently – including practising as an independent prescriber
  • have endorsement and support of your employer
  • be able to provide evidence that demonstrates you meet the capabilities across all four pillars of HEE’s (2017) Multi-professional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England
  • be leading or managing other team members in the workplace
  • be undertaking research and/or quality improvement, to improve healthcare outcomes at a team and/or service level.