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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Fully funded places available for the Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme

We are delighted to announce that NHS England has funded CPPE to offer the Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme to pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy, NHS hospitals, and in Health and Justice. A total of 100 funded places are available from 1 August 2023. NHS England funding will end when all places have been allocated or by the end of March 2024. A portion of these places are reserved for pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy.

The Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme is a 3-12 month training and development programme available to pharmacy technicians, with employer support. The course is designed to support you in meeting a range of competencies during your training in order to deliver safe and effective patient care.

The programme has been designed to assure employers in each sector that pharmacy technicians who successfully complete the set learning and assessments are able to undertake the role and have the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver high-quality, consistent checks of medicines. It includes tasks that will develop your leadership skills to support the team and drive performance. Following comprehensive assessment, you will be able to use this to support optimisation of skills in the dispensing process

The scope of the programme is to train and assess pharmacy technicians, working in community pharmacy, health and justice and NHS hospitals, to perform the final accuracy check of dispensed items on prescriptions that have been clinically screened/ approved by a pharmacist.

The Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme is open to any pharmacy technician in England, from any sector, who provide NHS services. Up to 20 funded places will be available per month, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Self-funded places will remain available for pharmacy technicians who do not work in community pharmacy, health and justice or in an NHS hospital for a cost of £330 including VAT.

For more information, including further eligibility criteria, please visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/career/acpt

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