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.

NHS pharmacy priorities

Antimicrobial resistance remains a global concern. Do you understand the threats caused by Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the important role pharmacy can play in ensuring the appropriate and safe use of antibiotic therapy?  Our new AMR clinical area will support you and the pharmacy team in learning more about the importance of AMR and how you can contribute to this NHS priority.  You can also access materials from our latest European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) campaign including a new animation on hand washing procedure and ideas to promote antibiotic awareness to the public.

The NHS is changing to meet increasing demands and to ensure investment is made to ensure the best outcomes for patients.  Pharmacy plays an important part in the medicines optimisation agenda in all sectors of practice.  Demonstrating effective leadership skills and behaviours is vital in navigating through change and ensuring you deliver high quality pharmaceutical care and services to the patients you serve.   We have recently added to our Leadership portfolio to include new programmes for hospital and community practice colleagues. To find out more take a look at the Leadership area of the CPPE website.

Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care settings and making sure they have the appropriate medicines is vital to their health and protection.  We have developed a new learning area to support all sectors of pharmacy in considering transfer of care and how cross-sector working can be developed.

If you practice in community pharmacy you will be familiar with the Quality Payments Scheme which is part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework in 2017/18.  We continue to support community pharmacy teams in meeting the quality payment criteria. If you need support with working towards the criteria for Clinical effectiveness then visit our Clinical pharmacy and therapeutics pathway.

Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Online courses held over a number of weeks, supported by a CPPE tutor


Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures


Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor

focal point

Programmes for community pharmacy teams


Self-study guides available as PDFs


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams


Local workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor or some you can deliver yourself

Learning levels explained

We recognise that people have different learning needs. Some of our programmes contain core learning while others deliver more complex learning that is only required to support certain roles. We have three categories of learning (1,2,3) and have allocated each programme to an appropriate category.

Core learning. Builds on limited knowledge. Some background reading may be required.

Application of knowledge. Assumes prior learning.

Supporting specialisms. We may not be the provider and will signpost you to other learning providers.

Learning programmes from other providers which complement your learning.

Accessible Information Standard - making it work - e-learning

  • Format: e-learning
  • Study time: 1h:0m
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Consultation skills for pharmacy practice: taking a patient-centred approach - distance learning

  • Format: distance learning
  • Study time: 10h:0m
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Just culture - e-learning

  • Format: e-learning
  • Study time: 1h:0m
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Older people - distance learning

  • Format: distance learning
  • Study time: 6h:0m
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Risk management - guide

  • Format: guide
  • Study time: 4h:0m
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Summary Care Records in community pharmacy - e-learning

  • Format: e-learning
  • Study time: 2h:0m
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Transfer of care: supporting patients moving into and out of hospital - e-learning

  • Format: e-learning
  • Study time: 2h:0m
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Urgent care: the role of the community pharmacy and the NHS CPCS scheme - e-learning

  • Format: e-learning
  • Study time: 2h:0m
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