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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National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) online training


  • Study time: 8h:0m
  • Only available to GPhC members

The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) provides a range of training, assessment and certification for NHS stop smoking service providers. This NCSCT training will provide you with a good understanding of the factors involved in smoking and smoking cessation, and will link this theoretical understanding to professional practice. It has been developed for experienced professionals working for NHS Stop Smoking Services who want to update or improve their knowledge and skills - as well as newcomers to the profession.

You can access this learning here: National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT).

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists