NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments 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

Guide to returning to pharmacy practice


  • Released: 03/2020
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 20h:0m
  • Start date: Anytime

The aim of this guide is to support pharmacy professionals in returning to community pharmacy or hospital pharmacy practice after a gap in professional practice.

We recognise that some pharmacy professionals who are returning to practice via the temporary register, or otherwise, may need to complete some continuing professional development to feel confident in their role and this will be different for each individual.

To help you reflect on where you are now, and to make sure the programme meets your personal learning needs, we have included two self-assessment frameworks: one for community pharmacy and one for hospital pharmacy. Once you have completed the self-assessment, you can visit the topic area(s) relevant to your personal learning needs.

Learning objectives

Once you have identified your own personal learning needs, the different topic areas in this programme will support you to:

  • locate important information and updates relating to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • work within the current legislative framework and demonstrate professionalism
  • recognise the importance of patient safety and apply policies and procedures to support this
  • apply current controlled drugs legislation and good practice, including supply, instalment dispensing and supervised administration
  • explain the digital technology used in practice
  • apply confidentiality and data protection in practice
  • consider key consultation and communication skills to ensure person-centred care and effective communication with the wider healthcare team
  • locate resources to update your clinical knowledge
  • apply techniques to ensure personal and team resilience.

How to use this programme

Our e-courses are run online. The programme runs in Canvas™ and 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. The course does build on each topic as you progress so we recommend that you work through the units in order. There is a menu on the left hand side of the page to navigate through each area and you can access each unit and its content separately.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • CPPE registrants