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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NCSCT: Practitioners assessment - knowledge and skills

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

The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) provides assessment, certification and training for NHS stop smoking service providers. This NCSCT Training Programme 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.

The NCSCT has recently changed the assessment. There were previously two assessments, stages 1 and 2. These two assessments have now merged into one knowledge and skills based on line assessment.

If you have previously completed the stage 1 assessment you will be able to access a shortened version of the new assessment (15 questions).

For anyone new to the assessment, you will need to register first with the NCSCT and then read the materials before attempting the Practitioners assessment – knowledge and skills, which has 25 multiple choice questions. All the assessments are timed and there is a 70 percent pass mark. If you don’t achieve a pass you will not be able to access the assessment again for three days.

Note: Please do not access the training programme directly via the NCSCT website and make sure you do not create more than one account. Please be aware that CPPE does not maintain control over the accuracy and currency of this programme.

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