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.

CPPE Optimise programmes

This Optimise programme has now been withdrawn
Some of the guides and additional resources have been removed as they may now be out of date. You can still provide feedback and complete the badge.


Released: 09/10/2019

Programme withdrawn

This programme has been withdrawn. The materials are no longer available to access but you can still submit feedback and earn the badge.


Camilla Sowerby, early intervention in psychosis pharmacist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Beki Inglis, advanced specialist perinatal mental health pharmacist, Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Andreia Filipe, senior clinical pharmacist, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Graham Newton, principal clinical pharmacist - mental health services, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Paul Jenks, pharmacy learning and development manager, Boots
Hannah McFarlane, clinical tutor, psychiatric pharmacy, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University

CPPE Programme Developer

Sneha Varia, regional manager, East of England, CPPE

CPPE Reviewers

Samantha White, deputy director, CPPE
Hayley Berry, regional manager, West Midlands, CPPE

External Reviewers

Amanda Parkinson, lead pharmacist for North Lancashire Mental Health Network and clinical lead for EPMA Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Emma Kirkham, clinical pharmacist, Wensum Valley Medical Practice


Bethan Wilkes, assistant editor, CPPE

Piloted by:

Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


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  2. NHS England. Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme. www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/adults/iapt
  3. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.  Clinical guideline [CG90]. Depression in adults: recognition and management. October 2009. www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG90
  4. Grassroots. Grassroots preventing suicide together. https://prevent-suicide.org.uk
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  6. Maternal Mental Health Alliance. Our vision. https://maternalmentalhealthalliance.org
  7. Knight M, Bunch K, Tuffnell D, Jayakody H et al. MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care. November 2018.www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/downloads/files/mbrrace-uk/reports/MBRRACE-UK%20Maternal%20Report%202018%20-%20Web%20Version.pdf
  8. U.S. National Library of medicines. Toxnet. https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~QirTCs:1
  9. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Citalopram and escitalopram: QT interval prolongation. December 2011. www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/citalopram-and-escitalopram-qt-interval-prolongation