NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments 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.

CPPE Optimise programmes

Antimicrobial stewardship: focus on optimising antimicrobial prescribing

Released: 01/09/2019

Background learning

This programme consists of a combination of interactive, online and small group learning activities. Click through the screens to complete the programme.

The Antimicrobial stewardship Optimise programme assumes you have some prior knowledge of the topic area.

You may wish to work through the short e-learning programme below to revise your knowledge before you start the Optimise programme:

Reducing antimicrobial resistance

Lead writer

Andrew Taylor

CPPE programme developer
Andrew Taylor, learning development pharmacist

Paddy McLaughlin, editor, CPPE


1. European Medicines Agency. AMR: a major European and global challenge – factsheet. 2017. Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/health/amr/sites/amr/files/amr_factsheet_en.pdf