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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Return to prescribing

  • Released: 03/2020
  • Reviewed: 05/2023
  • Study time: 10h:0m

The CPPE Return to prescribing programme runs over a three month period with three interactive online workshops. It is open to any pharmacist prescriber registered in England who needs to regain the competence and confidence to prescribe.

Over the three online workshops you will reflect on your current skills and identify actions, resources and opportunities to address gaps in the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective prescribing. This will be achieved through a mix of individual learning, group activities and discussions, and sharing of best practice. 

Dates for the next workshops:

Workshop 1 - Wednesday 2nd October 2024, 7pm to 8.30pm

Workshop 2 - Wednesday 6th November 2024, 7pm to 8.30pm

Workshop 3 - Wednesday 4th December 2024, 7pm to 8.30pm


Workshop 1 - Thursday 9th January 2025, 7pm to 8.30pm

Workshop 2 - Thursday 6th February 2025, 7pm to 8.30pm

Workshop 3 - Thursday 6th March 2025, 7pm to 8.30pm

Please note: You need to attend all three workshops to complete this programme.

Learning outcomes

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

  • identify personal learning needs using the prescribing competence framework
  • create an action plan to address identified learning needs
  • a library of reliable, evidence-based information sources
  • develop skills for working effectively with patients
  • produce a list of the key elements for a supportive network for prescribing practice
  • plan actions that will build confidence in relation to prescribing
  • recognise opportunities for prescribing and getting a prescribing role commissioned.

How to use this programme

We deliver our online workshops using Zoom. You will have received a separate email (from the lead tutor via Zoom) with a unique link to join this Zoom event. Please do not share this link with others. The email allows you to add the event to your calendar of choice. If you do this it will save the link for you too. You can also find a copy of your link on the CPPE website in My bookings.

Please note:

  • You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the online workshop.
  • To get the most from this workshop we recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer.
  • You will be asked to put your camera on and unmute yourself for some or all of the event.
  • This event must not be undertaken while travelling, or in a public place.
  • We expect you to prepare for our events by completing all pre-workshop activities. Details of these will be emailed to you by the lead tutor or can be found via My bookings.

If for any reason you cannot attend the event, you must cancel your place via My bookings. Failure to do this may result in a cancellation fee and restrictions being placed on your CPPE account.

Watch a video explaining what to expect from our online learning programmes

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists