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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CPPE resources for the NHS Pharmacy First service

Following the launch of the NHS Pharmacy First service in January 2024, CPPE have endeavoured to deliver a range of learning materials and resources to support pharmacy professionals to prepare for delivery of the service.

The Pharmacy First self-assessment framework contains details of suggested learning resources against each statement so that you are signposted to materials which will support your learning for any gaps you identify in your knowledge, skills, and behaviours.

Please read on for a full list of associated e-learning programmes, e-courses and other resources to help you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to undertake effective consultations, communications and clinical assessments in order to provide the NHS Pharmacy First service.


e-learning programmes

NHS Pharmacy First: Sinusitis e-learning

NHS Pharmacy First: Sore throat e-learning

NHS Pharmacy First: Shingles

NHS Pharmacy First: Infected insect bites

NHS Pharmacy First: Impetigo

NHS Pharmacy First: Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Urgent care: the role of community pharmacy and the NHS Pharmacy First service

Clinical history taking: what a good consultation looks like

Common clinical conditions

Documenting in patient clinical records

Dermatology e-learning



NHS Pharmacy First: Essential skills e-course

Shared decision making



NHS Pharmacy First: Clinical assessment and examination skills full-day workshop

NHS Pharmacy First: Clinical assessment - essential skills online workshop

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