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.




Welcome to this learning area on the topic of cancer.

Cancer is a very emotive topic. Historically, if a person was diagnosed with cancer there was only little hope of recovery. However, major advances in detection and treatment, such as improved imaging and targeted medicines, now means that cancer is becoming, in some cases, a treatable or a long-term condition.

As a pharmacy professional you have an important role to play in raising the awareness of cancer, its early detection, and supporting those people living with, and surviving, cancer.

Here you will find a wide variety of learning resources to help you increase your knowledge and skills in this area. The resources address the clinical understanding and therapeutics of cancer, and holistic treatments. They will also help to ensure that you demonstrate a patient-centred approach, and shared decision-making, in situations which can be highly emotive for the person affected.

Access the resources to feel confident in your approach to supporting people affected by cancer.


This programme provides an overview of colorectal carcinoma. Working through the programme will help healthcare professionals gain the knowledge required to recognise the signs and symptoms of potential carcinoma and to provide appropriate advice and efficient signposting. The programme also discusses potential treatments and the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to the care of patients diagnosed with colorectal carcinoma.

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD). Users should recognise that this programme will refer to Northern Ireland's policies and organisations. After ordering this programme, you will be redirected to their website where the resource is hosted. Please be aware that CPPE does not maintain control over the accuracy and currency of this programme.

4h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • report the incidence of, and mortality and survival rates associated with, colorectal cancer
  • describe the pathology of the condition
  • list the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors
  • recognise the signs and symptoms
  • outline the main diagnostic investigations used and know when screening is appropriate
  • describe the method of staging tumours
  • discuss the various treatment regimens
  • recognise the role of the multi-disciplinary team in the management of colorectal cancer.
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The BOPA Let’s Communicate Cancer is free and easily accessible e-learning for the whole community pharmacy team, available from the elearning for healthcare website. You can learn about cancer from the basics to detailed learning. It includes bite-sized videos, animation, quizzes and slide shows. The e-learning is split into four modules and will give you confidence and knowledge which will help you to support your cancer patients from early diagnosis through to treatment. At the end of each module you can test your understanding by completing a short multiple-choice test.

Images used with the kind permission of the British Oncology Pharmacy Association.


Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) are medicines for human use which are based on genes, tissues or cells that offer ground-breaking new opportunities for the treatment of disease and injury. They offer the promise of treating and altering the course of diseases which cannot be addressed adequately by existing pharmaceuticals, offering a lifeline to some patients who have failed all other treatment options.

This series of elearning sessions is designed give the learner a core understanding of cell and gene therapies, the biology involved in these treatments and how they work. The modules take the learner from the basics of cell and gene therapy and different modalities of treatment, through to a more in-depth look at treatments currently being delivered through both commissioned treatment and clinical trials.

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e-Learning for Healthcare programmes on End of Life Care to enhance training and education of health and social care workforce


Prefer to test your knowledge rather than reading journals? Complete the chapters and mini-quizzes today to enhance your attitude, skills and knowledge in oncology biosimilars.

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Cancer Research UK - Clinical decision support tools

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A selection of cancer tools to download for all healthcare professionals.

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NHS England Cancer information

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NICE Cancer guidance and topics

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