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

Fundamentals of child health e-course


  • Released: 09/2023
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 21h:0m
  • Start date: Anytime

This e-course will help you develop the knowledge and skills to take a person-centred approach to supporting children and their families/carers with their health, optimising any pharmaceutical care and improving health outcomes for children and young people.

To facilitate your learning, we have structured the course into seven units. Some units are larger than others, but we estimate that you will need to commit an average of three hours of learning for each unit.

  • Unit 1 - Child develpment
  • Unit 2 - Medicines for children
  • Unit 3 - Consultations with children
  • Unit 4 - Mental health and wellbeing
  • Unit 5 - Common ailments
  • Unit 6 - Skin rashes and common infections
  • Unit 7 - Long-term conditions

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain how medicines use, medicines adherence and communication may differ between children and adults
  • describe how common ailments and long-term conditions present differently in adults and children, and how they differ in their pharmacological and non-pharmacological management
  • understand the role of the pharmacy team in the practical aspects of pharmaceutical care to improve medicines use and reduce the risk of errors
  • be aware of your professional responsibilities in safeguarding children, understanding the appropriate action to take and support available if you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child.

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