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.

PCPEP New Cohort Applications Open

Would you like to extend your knowledge of person-facing roles in primary care networks? We are pleased to announce that the next Primary care pharmacy education pathway (PCPEP) cohort is now open for booking for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in PCN-funded roles. The cohort will begin in January 2024. 
 The PCPEP equips pharmacy professionals in PCN-funded roles with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to work in various patient-facing roles in primary care networks as part of a multidisciplinary team. 
This course is comprised of study days, online learning and discussion forums designed to develop your pharmaceutical skills through a range of study methods suited to different learning styles. Across the pathway you will be supported by your peers and a clinical supervisor, who will ensure that you get the most out of the experience. 
The pathway lasts 18-months for pharmacists and 15-months for pharmacy technicians. 
Pharmacy professionals already enrolled on the Clinical pharmacists in general practice education or Medicines optimisation in care homes pathways will continue as is, but any new applicants employed through the Primary Care Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service will join the PCPEP. 
For further information, including eligibility and how to apply, please visit: 


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