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.

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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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Leadership for community pharmacy

The Mary Seacole Leadership programme for community pharmacy

With investment from the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF), NHS England is working with Health Education England to further clinical education and development for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

CPPE is working in collaboration with the NHS Leadership Academy to offer the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy. Places on the programme are being fully funded to participants via the PhIF.

This NHS-led flagship programme is designed to develop your leadership and management skills to enable you to drive quality services in community pharmacy and really make a difference to the health of the patients you see.

Applications are now open for you to apply for the programme. We suggest you register onto a programme in your local area but you may register onto another cohort if dates of workshops are not convenient for you.

To access the programme cohorts, dates of workshops, register onto the programme and access the application form please read through the information on this page and follow the instructions provided.

Overview of the programme

The Mary Seacole programme is a six-month long leadership development programme available in various regions across the country.

The programme will prepare you for the demands of leadership in the healthcare system today – and into the future. It will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical understanding needed to deliver inspiring leadership. During the programme, you’ll cover eight units of study on leadership fundamentals along with four further units that relate to core management skills.

The learning methods are a cutting-edge blend to keep you inspired and motivated via a flexible state-of-the-art virtual campus and face-to-face development. And to keep it all fresh and current, you’ve got the latest thinking from world-class experts. At the end you’ll emerge from the programme with the professional skills to thrive in your leadership role, ready to play your part in building a more compassionate NHS.

You can find out more about the programme in the detailed applicant guide. This is available through the link below:

Download applicant guide

Why apply for the programme?

The profession of pharmacy is going through change with a vision for community pharmacy to become more integrated into the wider healthcare team with a key role in medicines optimisation. The idea of ‘something has changed - and what does this mean?’ runs throughout, and the programme will actively encourage you to consider what that change means for you, and how you might need to behave in the workplace to be a success.

Working through the programme will increase your self-awareness of how the changes you make can have an impact on colleagues in the NHS and the people you serve. It will help you recognise your own personal value to the healthcare of people and embed behaviours that improve the patient experience. Working as a team is now more important than ever before and you will learn how to enable others to be the best they can be in the workplace.

The programme has been developed for the wider NHS healthcare team, although the cohort you register for will all be community pharmacy professionals.

To find out more reasons to apply, we’ve put together a handy document. You can download this below:

Download six reasons to apply


CPPE has been speaking to participants on the programme so far to get their thoughts on the programme and what they hope to achieve.

First, George tells us why he has joined the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme as he aims to increase his leadership skills for managing a team of eight.

Next, Toby speaks to us about he hopes his involvement with the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme will help to create value for services users within the community.

Here are a selection of quotes from people who have also been on the programme.

"I found the course content to be very inspiring - I always viewed leadership as a facet of a management role. It is really thought-provoking to think everyody potentially has the ability to offer leadership by adopting different behaviours and changing their focus."

Mae, pharmacist


"Changed my whole perspective about leadership skills. It's all about how you look at it, and trying to be a leader rather than a manager.'

Bindu, pharmacist


"Gave me insight and perspective about my whole philosophy of leadership. Empowering my team, setting direction and delegation."

Sam, pharmacist branch manager


"Equips future leaders with the skill and techniques to engage with person-centred healthcare provision and personal development."

Khalid, community pharmacist

Programme dates

Cohort 1 - London

Cohort start date and online access: 31 October 2017

Workshop 1: 28 November 2017

Workshop 2: 23 January 2018

Workshop 3: 20 March 2018

Programme end: 1 May 2018

Closing date for applications: CLOSED


Cohort 2 - Leeds

Cohort start date and online access: 2 November 2017

Workshop 1: 30 November 2017

Workshop 2: 25 January 2018

Workshop 3: 22 March 2018

Programme end: 2 May 2018

Closing date for applications: CLOSED


Cohort 3 - Manchester

Cohort start date and online access: 9 November 2017

Workshop 1: 7 December 2017

Workshop 2: 1 February 2018

Workshop 3: 22 March 2018

Programme end: 9 May 2018

Closing date for applications: CLOSED


Cohort 4 - Nottingham

Cohort start date and online access: 7 December 2017

Workshop 1: 4 January 2018

Workshop 2: 1 March 2018

Workshop 3: 26 April 2018

Programme end: 7 June 2018

Closing date for applications: CLOSED


Cohort 5 - West Midlands

Cohort start date and online access: 12 December 2017

Workshop 1: 9 January 2018

Workshop 2: 6 March 2018

Workshop 3: 1 May 2018

Programme end: 12 June 2018

Closing date for applications: CLOSED


Cohort 6 - Gatwick - Cancelled


Cohort 7 - Devon (Cullompton)

Cohort start date and online access: 16 January 2018

Workshop 1: 13 February 2018

Workshop 2: 10 April 2018

Workshop 3: 12 June 2018

Programme end: 16 July 2018

Closing date for applications: 20 December 2017


Cohort 8 - Sheffield/Rotherham

Cohort start date and online access: 6 February 2018

Workshop 1: 6 March 2018

Workshop 2: 1 May 2018

Workshop 3: 26 June 2018

Programme end: 6 August 2018

Closing date for applications: 3 January 2018


Cohort 9 - London

Cohort start date and online access: 8 February 2018

Workshop 1: 8 March 2018

Workshop 2: 3 May 2018

Workshop 3: 28 June 2018

Programme end: 8 August 2018

Closing date for applications: 4 January 2018


Cohort 10 - Preston

Cohort start date and online access: 13 February 2018

Workshop 1: 13 March 2018

Workshop 2: 8 May 2018

Workshop 3: 3 July 2018

Programme end: 13 August 2018

Closing date for applications: 5 January 2018


Cohort 11 - Newcastle

Cohort start date and online access: 20 February 2018

Workshop 1: 20 March 2018

Workshop 2: 15 May 2018

Workshop 3: 10 July 2018

Programme end: 20 August 2018

Closing date for applications: 9 January 2018


Cohort 12 - Hampshire

Cohort start date and online access: 27 February 2018

Workshop 1: 20 March 2018

Workshop 2: 22 May 2018

Workshop 3: 17 July 2018

Programme end: 27 August 2018

Closing date for applications: 16 January 2018


Cohort 13 - Stratford-upon-Avon

Cohort start date and online access: 20 March 2018

Workshop 1: 17 April 2018

Workshop 2: 12 June 2018

Workshop 3: 7 August 2018

Programme end: 20 September 2018

Closing date for applications: 13 February 2018


Cohort 14 - East of England

Cohort start date and online access: 22 March 2018

Workshop 1: 19 April 2018

Workshop 2: 14 June 2018

Workshop 3: 9 August 2018

Programme end: 22 September 2018

Closing date for applications: 18 February 2018


Cohort 15 - Liverpool

Cohort start date and online access: 27 March 2018

Workshop 1: 24 April 2018

Workshop 2: 19 June 2018

Workshop 3: 14 August 2018

Programme end: 27 September 2018

Closing date for applications: 23 February 2018


Frequently asked questions

Apply now

To apply for the programme, you'll need to access the application form on the Leadership Academy's leadership community website at: https://nhsx.uk/programmes/mary-seacole-programme-community-pharmacy

Before you can access the application form, you'll need to register for an account on the website - you do not need to have a registered NHS email address to apply.

To register, click on the above link, select 'Register' at the top of the screen, fill in your details and you will be directed to the application form.

Once registered, you can then use these details to access your application as and when required.

When you have submitted your application, it will be screened for suitability after the cohort closing date for applications. You will then be informed directly by the NHS Leadership Academy as to whether you have secured a place.