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.



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The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) provides a range of training, assessment and certification for NHS stop smoking service providers. This NCSCT training will provide you with a good understanding of the factors involved in smoking and smoking cessation, and will link this theoretical understanding to professional practice. It has been developed for experienced professionals working for NHS Stop Smoking Services who want to update or improve their knowledge and skills - as well as newcomers to the profession.

You can access this learning here: National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT).

8h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)


Please note: This e-learning programme currently makes reference to services that are no longer commissioned since 1 April 2021 i.e. Medicine Use Reviews (MURs). The learning objectives of the programme are not directly affected by this change and a planned updated programme will be available during 2022.

In this programme we consider ways in which you can overcome the challenges that prevent you from delivering high quality and effective person-centred services in your pharmacy.

You’ll hear about successful approaches taken by other pharmacy teams across the country and develop a plan to enable you to effectively implement new services in your practice to improve outcomes for patients.

2h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • explain the context and drivers for delivering person-centred pharmacy services
  • identify the main barriers to effective service delivery and understand what you can do to overcome these in your practice
  • identify where you can go for further support to develop your practice
  • develop a plan to makes changes to your practice.

This reflective essay is linked with the CPPE Pharmacy services: delivering quality learning programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within that programme.

Why should I do this assessment?

This reflective essay assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Pharmacy services: delivering quality learning programme. Access and gaining a pass will provide evidence that you have worked through the programme/guide, have reflected on your personal practice and applied the learning to improve your practice and patient outcomes. The essay 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 and the Declaration of Competence system if your learning is linked to provision of a pharmacy service.

Work your way around the Smoking learning topic, taking part in bite-sized interactive challenges that will help you and your team support people and give advice regarding electronic cigarettes, stopping smoking, and using shisha and smokeless tobacco.

You can access this learning here: Smoking - theLearningpharmacy.com

The individual floors on this resource may not have been updated for more than 12 months. The next review of this resource will take place in 2023. When working through the hotspot activities on each floor, you should make sure that you are using the most up-to-date guidance and resources available in order to support both you and your team effectively.

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • describe new methods of engaging with patients and the public
  • develop and run an effective health promotion campaign in your pharmacy
  • provide advice and signposting on self-care and public health
  • explain how you would develop and deliver a successful pharmacy service
  • support a person presenting with a new prescription
  • advise appropriately a patient requesting an OTC medicine
  • identify and meet the professional development needs of the pharmacy team
  • become more confident in dealing with therapeutic challenges and prescription interventions.

Assisting someone to quit smoking is a life-saving intervention. Very Brief Advice on Smoking (VBA+) is designed to promote quitting and can be delivered in almost any situation with a smoker in less than 30 seconds.

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Guidance for commissioners and community pharmacies delivering NHS services.

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