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.

Stop smoking workshop resources

This page contains live links to all the websites and video from our public health workshop Stop smoking.

NCSCT training programme

Access the NCSCT training programme and its associated assessment from the CPPE website.  Please do not access the training programme directly via the NCSCT website and make sure you do not create more than one account.


CPPE smoking session video demonstrating a pre-quit assessment session. This link will take you to a CPPE YouTube video clip.

Additional resources

NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT): this website has a range of useful resources for healthcare professionals.

NHS Evidence: this website contains all relevant NICE guidance, information about current clinical trials and information for the public about smoking cessation. 

Department of health resouces

NHS Stop Smoking Services: service delivery and monitoring guidance 2011/12: this best practice guidance for the commissioning and delivery of evidence-based stop smoking services sets out fundamental quality principles and includes evidence-based recommendations for interventions, the use of carbon monoxide monitoring and the provision of pharmacotherapy. (Note: to find the document on the website, search using the title of the document or Gateway reference: 15502 as your search term.)

Healthy lives, healthy people: a tobacco control plan for England: this sets out the government plans to support efforts to reduce tobacco use within the context of the new public health system. (Use the title of the document or Gateway reference: 15513 as your search term.)

Smokefree Resource Centre: this provides useful information for anyone delivering NHS stop smoking services, including policy updates. Leaflets, posters and campaign information are also available to order.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH): this is a campaigning public health charity and its website contains many facts and figures about smoking.

No Smoking Day: this is an annual campaign which runs in March each year to focus attention on stopping smoking.

Smokefree: this website, aimed at the public, has contact details for stop smoking helplines , including specialist helplines for pregnant women and people of south Asian origin.

NHS Choices: this website contains a range of resources providing advice for people who want to quit smoking.