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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

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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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Newly qualified pharmacist programme open for registration

CPPE and Health Education England (HEE) have worked together to deliver the Newly qualified pharmacist programme.

This 12-month programme is fully funded by HEE as part of their Newly Qualified Pharmacist pathway, which aims to link the initial education and training reforms to a continuum of development into post-registration. The pathway is intended to help you to make the transition to more independent learning and acts as a stepping stone towards enhanced and advanced practice.

Newly qualified pharmacists have described 'lack of confidence', 'decision making', 'managing professional relationships', 'being in charge', and 'adapting to the workplace' as the greatest challenges they face. The overall aim of the Newly qualified pharmacist programme is to support you to develop and demonstrate confidence and competence in core areas of pharmacy practice. The programme is designed to help you to become better equipped to adapt and deliver safe and effective patient care at this pivotal stage of your career.

The programme is for pharmacists employed or locuming in community pharmacy (except Boots), primary care (clinical commissioning group (CCG) or GP practice) or health in justice, who have registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) since 2020. Pharmacists who have registered before 2020, and are returning from a career break or changing sectors, are also eligible to apply.

The Newly qualified pharmacist programme does not include an independent prescribing (IP) qualification. It is, however, mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Post-registration Foundation Pharmacist Curriculum learning outcomes that have been designed to develop prescribing competence. By using these learning outcomes, this programme will help you to develop the skills and competence you need to prepare for a prescribing course. The experience and awareness gained from the Newly qualified pharmacist programme will act as a springboard towards IP training.

The Newly qualified pharmacist programme will be your first step in your post-registration professional development journey, and will provide you with comprehensive learning to support your progression towards IP training.

Applications for the Newly qualified pharmacist programme have reopened, and will close on 13 March 2023. The programme will begin on 27 March 2023.

For more information, including how to register your interest for the upcoming cohort, visit:


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