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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e-course

Preparing to work in a primary care network or GP practice


  • Released: 06/2023
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 12h:0m
  • Start date: Anytime

The aim of this course is to prepare pharmacy professionals for working within general practice or a primary care network (PCN). This is done by sharing the experiences of others, supporting individuals to highlight individual development needs and signposting to key resources.

Learning outcomes

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

  • outline current legislation to help you recognise and maintain good professional standards
  • identify key resources to support the development of your education and research skills
  • describe the importance and impact of patient safety and know how to apply policies and procedures to support this in practice
  • explain the digital technology, clinical systems and data protection regulations that you will be required to use to support patient care in practice
  • facilitate culturally competent person-centred consultations using key skills, models and techniques
  • identify gaps in your clinical knowledge and know where to locate appropriate resources to address them
  • appreciate how to use guidance, tools and frameworks to strengthen your practice in supporting older people and those living in care homes
  • recognise the patient journey across primary care and describe the role pharmacy professionals working in a primary care network or general practice can play in supporting transfer of care
  • recognise the support available to you both in and out of the workplace and the opportunities available for future career progression.

How to use this programme

We run our e-courses online in Canvas. After booking, if you have not used Canvas before you will be registered by CPPE and informed of your login details. This e-course is self-directed. This means that you can work through the course at a time and pace that suits you. In Canvas there will be a menu on the left for navigating through each area, so that you can access each unit and its content separately.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists