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.


Our e-courses are online programmes that allow a deeper learning experience while remaining flexible by allowing you to participate at times that suit you. We offer a range of tutor-supported and self-directed e-courses. You can find out more about these below.


Tutor-supported e-courses

Join a tutor-supported course and learn alongside other pharmacy professionals. You will have the opportunity to take part in active discussion forums, problem-solving activities and interactions that enable you to share best practice. You will have the support of an online tutor and other pharmacy professionals with similar interests. You should actively engage with the tutor and other learners for the duration of the course.

You will be able to book on to a tutor-supported course for up to two weeks after the start date shown (up to three weeks for the Structured medication review e-course). You can see the planned dates for our upcoming tutor-supported e-courses in the table below. These courses run for approximately 6-12 weeks.


Tutor-supported e-courses 2024
Enrolment starts
Enrolment closes
Start date
Life skills - developing your potential
8 weeks
5th August 2024
28th October 2024
30th September 2024

Some of our e-courses are designed for self-directed learning, ie, there is no online tutor, and you can work through the course at a time and pace that suits you. The following self-directed e-courses are available: Self-directed e-courses

  • Extending the scope of prescribing practice
  • Fundamentals of cardiovascular therapeutics
  • Fundamentals of child health
  • Fundamentals of palliative care
  • Fundamentals of public health for pharmacy practice
  • Fundamentals of renal therapeutics
  • Fundamentals of respiratory therapeutics
  • Leadership for Healthy Living Pharmacy
  • NHS Pharmacy First Essential Skills
  • Orientation to hospital pharmacy
  • Pharmacy technicians: enhancing your professional practice
  • Preparing for community pharmacy practice
  • Preparing to work in a primary care network or GP practice
  • Primary care essentials
  • Shared decision making
  • Substance use and misuse

For more information about each course and information on how to enrol, follow the links in the listings below or enter the e-course title into our search function.

All our e-courses take place on the Canvas learning platform.



Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Extended online programmes which are either self-directed or supported by a CPPE tutor


Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures


Self-study, information-based, reflective online learning

focal point

Programmes for primary care teams including community pharmacy


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor

Optimise - workplace based

Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams


Local workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor or some you can deliver yourself

Learning levels explained

We recognise that people have different learning needs. Some of our programmes contain core learning while others deliver more complex learning that is only required to support certain roles. We have three categories of learning (1,2,3) and have allocated each programme to an appropriate category.

Core learning. Builds on limited knowledge. Some background reading may be required.

Application of knowledge. Assumes prior learning.

Supporting specialisms. We may not be the provider and will signpost you to other learning providers.

Learning programmes from other providers which complement your learning.