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This Optimise programme has now been withdrawn
Some of the guides and additional resources have been removed as they may now be out of date.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.

Asthma - focus on optimising inhaled medicines

Released: 01/01/2017

Programme withdrawn

This programme has been withdrawn.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.

Lead writer
Toby Capstick, lead respiratory pharmacist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

CPPE programme developer
Andrew Taylor, learning development pharmacist

CPPE reviewers
Paula Higginson, lead pharmacist, learning development
Joanne Lane, regional manager

External reviewers
Joanne Hughes,lead pharmacist (Respiratory and Community Services), South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
Anna Murphy, consultant respiratory pharmacist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Tony Perkins, advanced specialist clinical pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacy Services Livewell Southwest

Terri Lucas, editor, CPPE

Piloted by:
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust pharmacy departments

Brand names and trademarks
CPPE acknowledges the following brand names and registered trademarks mentioned throughout this programme: AccuhalerTM, Aerochamber®, Aeroliser®, AIMTM, Autohaler®, Breezhaler®, Clenil®, Clickhaler®, Diskhaler®, Easi-Breathe®, Easyhaler®, ElliptaTM, Evohaler®, Flutiform®, Forspiro®, Genuair®, HandiHaler®, NEXThaler®, Novolizer®, Respimat®, Seretide®, Spiromax®, Turbohaler®, Twisthaler®, Volumatic®.


  1. NHS Digital. Prescription costs analysis, England – 2015. 2016. http://content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB20200
  2. Asthma UK website. Asthma facts and statistics. www.asthma.org.uk/about/media/facts-and-statistics