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.

Health Checks



The NHS Health Check became a statutory public service in 2013 and is now one of the largest public health programmes in the world.

NHS Health Checks are offered every 5 years to all adults aged between 40 and 74 who are not known to have a pre-existing condition and these can be delivered by a number of healthcare professionals including pharmacists.

The programme aims to improve the health and wellbeing of adults by identifying those who may be at increased risk of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia and to find ways to help them lower their risk and in doing so improve their health outcomes.

This page identifies a wide range of learning opportunities linked to the NHS Health Checks Programme.

As well as clinical information to increase your knowledge on cardiovascular risk there is signposting to the NHS Health Checks Programme website to let you hear from people who have accessed the service. The learning on service delivery not only covers the training requirements of the service but also the practical aspects such as taking a blood pressure and there is also information on how to access your local Health Checks data to see where gaps in provision may be.

external resource

Public Health England NHS Health Check competence framework


This e-learning programme outlines the risk factors of stroke, pharmacological management of acute stroke and secondary prevention. It equips learners to provide a comprehensive service to stroke patients and to patients who may be at risk of stroke.

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.

3h: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:
  • define stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and describe the different types of stroke
  • recognise the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of quick and appropriate action
  • list the risk factors for the different types of stroke
  • calculate the ten-year risk of developing a stroke
  • identify the best practice measures in acute stroke care and outline the basis of secondary prevention of stroke
  • describe the range of problems that stroke survivors may face.

This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE Vascular risk and the NHS health check programme and assesses you on the learning outcomes within that programme.

Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Vascular risk and the NHS health check programme. Access and successful completion will contribute to your own personal development plan, be recorded in your My CPPE record and will enable you to complete a CPD entry on the learning. It may also provide evidence for achieving competencies in the RPS Foundation or Advanced Pharmacy Frameworks. If you are working towards completing a Declaration of Competence for a pharmacy service, successful completion of this assessment will provide evidence of your learning.

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