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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online workshop

Emergency contraception


  • Released: 06/2020
  • Reviewed: 04/2022
  • Study time: 2h:15m

The aim of this programme is to enable pharmacy professionals to acquire the knowledge, develop the skills and demonstrate the behaviours needed to provide high-quality emergency contraception services as part of their pharmacy practice. It is an opportunity to hear from an expert in contraception and sexual health, to reflect on your current practice and share with your colleagues.

Learning outcomes

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe the aims of an emergency contraceptive service and its place in contraception and sexual health services
  • describe the principles of confidentiality and appropriate safeguarding work to emergency contraception consultations
  • use the patient group direction appropriately to ensure that medico-legal aspects are balanced with the woman’s safety and preferences
  • apply current clinical guidance to emergency contraception consultations to provide safe and effective care
  • demonstrate a person-centred approach to the discussion being sensitive to the needs and preferences of the woman
  • explain how and when you would refer or signpost a woman to a further service and how you would access further support and advice from local sexual health services if needed.

How to use this programme

Our online workshops are run using Zoom. You will have received a separate email (from the lead tutor via zoom) with a unique link to join this zoom event. Please do not share this link with others. The email allows you to add the event to your calendar of choice. If you do this it will save the link for you too. You can also find a copy of your link on the CPPE website in your pending bookings.
Please note:

  • You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the online workshop.
  • To get the most from this workshop we recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer.
  • You will be asked to put your camera on and unmute yourself for some or all of the event.
  • This event must not be undertaken while travelling, or in a public place.
  • We expect you to prepare for our events by completing all pre-workshop activities. Details of these will be emailed to you by the lead tutor or can be found via your pending bookings.

If for any reason you cannot attend the event, you must cancel your place via your Pending bookings on the CPPE website. Failure to do this may result in a cancellation fee and restrictions being placed on your CPPE account.

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Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants