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.




As a pharmacy professional you have a pivotal role to play in helping to limit the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance. In order to support your patients and customers you need to know the causes of infections and the most appropriate treatments. The learning and assessment on this page will help you to update your knowledge on common infections and their management, including HIV and TB.

You will also find signposts to national guidance on infections as well as toolkits to support you in practice to optimise treatment and minimise patient harm.

Be ready to support and advise patients living with acute and chronic infections. Make sure you know where to find the most up-to-date resources and tools. Make a start or advance your learning on infections using the resources here, on this page.


The aim of this e-course is to improve your knowledge and skills in respiratory therapeutics. This will enable you to provide a person-centred approach to support the healthcare of people living with respiratory disease.

To facilitate your learning, we have structured the course into eight units. Some units are larger than others, but we estimate that you will need to commit an average of three hours of learning for each unit.

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to the respiratory system
  • Unit 2 – Inhaler technique and nebuliser use
  • Unit 3 – Common respiratory conditions
  • Unit 4 – Asthma
  • Unit 5 – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Unit 6 – Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Unit 7 – Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Unit 8 – Interstitial lung disease (ILD)

24h: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:
  • describe and explain the core anatomy and function of the respiratory system
  • describe the role of a pharmacy professional in supporting someone with respiratory disease
  • identify sources of information to support people living with respiratory disease
  • demonstrate a holistic, person-centred approach to the care of people living with respiratory disease
  • apply safe and appropriate medicines optimisation for people with respiratory disease
  • use current respiratory guidelines and standards to support evidence-based decisions around the treatment of respiratory disease.

The aim of this learning programme is to improve the pharmacy team’s knowledge of influenza and their skills in delivering an integrated, patient-centred flu vaccination service.

2h: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:
  • describe the types of influenza virus
  • explain the transmission, incubation and symptoms of flu
  • discuss the prevalence and impact of flu on public health
  • identify patient groups who are at risk from the effects of flu
  • describe the types of flu vaccine available and methods of administration
  • explain the actions required to prepare a pharmacy team to deliver a flu vaccination service
  • engage confidently in consultations with patients regarding flu and flu vaccination
  • reflect upon patients’ concerns and expectations about flu and flu vaccination and apply a person-centered approach to supporting individuals.

This e-learning programme has been developed by Health Education England and is available on the e-Learning for Healthcare website. It is designed to support all health and social care staff to understand the threats caused by antimicrobial resistance. 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.

0h:25m (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:
  • discuss why there is such a concern about misuse of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance
  • list the key risks for development of antimicrobial resistance
  • identify your role in tackling antimicrobial resistance.
external resource

We have a portfolio of clinical fact sheets which includes topics such as pneumonia, UTIs and healthcare associated infections. Each fact sheet should refresh your knowledge of that particular condition and provide you with links to appropriate further resources.

external resource

AMR local indicators are publically available data intended to raise awareness of antibiotic prescribing, AMR, HCAI, IPC and AMS; and to facilitate the development of local action plans.


European antibiotic awareness day runs alongside World antimicrobial awareness week. You can visit their website to access resources and get involved.


World antimicrobial awareness week runs from 18 – 24 November 2022. Click here to find out more.

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