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-learning

Patient group directions


  • Released: 10/2014
  • Reviewed: 03/2019
  • Study time: 1h:0m

The aim of this e-learning programme is to support people and organisations who are considering, developing, authorising and using patient group directions (PGDs) to deliver NHS services in line with legislation and NICE medicines practice guideline (MPG2).

This programme is available free of charge to all health professionals following registration on the CPPE website. The same programme is also available through the E-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) website. You should check whether your organisation has a preference for how your access the learning.

Learning objectives

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

  • work with interprofessional colleagues to determine whether a PGD is the most appropriate way to supply or administer a medicine in a particular clinical situation
  • use current legislation and guidelines to develop and implement PGDs to ensure patients get timely access to safe and effective care
  • apply the appropriate competency frameworks and governance arrangements within your professional responsibility to develop, authorise, use, review or update a PGD
  • refer to and contribute to the local practice collection on PGDs on the NICE website.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can access this e-learning  programme through your web browser on your computer. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it. You may be taken to another website to complete this programme.

On your tablet device: To access this programme on a mobile device or tablet you may need to download the free Articulate app or you can access this programme through your web browser. If you access this programme on a device with a smaller screen, functionality may be reduced.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants