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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.

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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.

31/07/2023 15:23:32

CPPE launches new Preparing to train as an independent prescriber e-course

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new learning programme, Preparing to train as an independent prescriber. This programme aims to build the confidence and competence of pharmacists who are planning to apply and train as independent prescribers and is open to pharmacists from all sectors of practice, including community pharmacists who are planning to commence their independent prescriber training with a Higher Education Institute (HEI).

The course is made up of four main components, including a self-directed e-course and self-assessment framework, a mandatory online workshop to support you to review your self-assessment of competencies, an optional online workshop to support your readiness for academic writing and reflective practice, and optional peer support sessions, providing the opportunity for you to develop your professional network and establish communities of practice. 

Once you have identified your own personal learning needs by completing the self-assessment framework, the different topic areas in this programme will support you to:     

  • describe how your knowledge, skills and experience have evolved since your initial training as a pharmacist? 
  • recognise your strengths and transferable skills which you can build on that are relevant to your independent prescribing training 
  • identify your learning needs, and the resources and learning opportunities to enable you to meet them 
  • develop your skills as a reflective practitioner and apply these to your practice 
  • build a powerful personal and professional support network to support you during your independent prescribing training and ongoing prescribing practice 
  • create a personal development plan for your short, medium and longer-term development needs to prepare for undertaking an independent prescribing course. 

Pharmacists who are planning to apply and/or start their independent prescriber training can apply to take part.

The Preparing to train as an independent prescriber learning programme launches on the 12 September. You will need to book onto one of the mandatory online workshops to guarantee your place and gain access to the e-course.

The two workshop dates available for this pilot cohort are as follows:

  • Thursday 21 September, 7-9pm
  • Monday 23 October, 7-9pm

More dates will be released in due course for further cohorts of this programme.

For further information and how to apply, visit:


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