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 practice



Are you a pharmacist or pharmacy technician who has been out of practice for some time and planning to work in community pharmacy delivering NHS pharmacy services?

We have structured courses that can facilitate your return to community pharmacy practice and, if required, your return to the GPhC register.

Our Return to practice course is a four-day residential course held over two blocks of two days. The programme covers key elements of community pharmacy practice including the contractual framework, patient-centred consultations, medicines optimisation and public health services. We provide pre-workshop materials to help you to get the most out of the residential course, and comprehensive workbooks and materials to further support you in developing your knowledge, skills and competence.

The course takes an active and engaging approach in a safe and supportive environment with your peers.

If you need to return to the GPhC register and are planning to work for the NHS, the return to the register course is for you. This is run as a one-day face-to-face course twice a year or as an online self-directed course with tutor support. We provide you with guidance and materials to facilitate the preparation of your portfolio.

Take a look at the page to find the right resources for you.

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Consultation skills for pharmacy practice homepage


This programme will help to update your knowledge and skills on the common clinical conditions and minor ailments that present themselves in community pharmacy. It contains practical tips and advice on how to identify, recognise and manage minor ailments.

Please note: this e-learning programme has been developed and provided by NHS Education for Scotland. Users should recognise that this programme will refer to Scottish policies and organisations. CPPE does not maintain control over the accuracy and currency of this programme.

8h: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:
  • identify the common minor ailments that present themselves in community pharmacy
  • recognise, manage and advise on the signs and symptoms of minor ailments
  • identify danger signs and symptoms, know how to manage these and when to refer patients
  • offer advice, support and evidence-based over-the-counter treatment to patients with minor ailments
  • know where to find relevant information and resources on minor ailments.

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