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.

NHS pharmacy priorities

The NHS is changing to meet increasing demands and to ensure investment is made to ensure the best outcomes for patients. The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a vision for patient care. Pharmacy plays an important part in the medicines optimisation agenda in all sectors of practice.

If you practice in community pharmacy you will be familiar with the Pharmacy Quality Scheme, which is part of the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework: 2019 to 2024. We continue to support community pharmacy teams in meeting the quality payment criteria and you can access resources on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme section 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.

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 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.

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. Our Leadership portfolio includes new programmes for hospital and community practice colleagues. To find out more take a look at the Leadership area of the CPPE website.

To find information and resources on a wide range of topics, click on the NHS priorities tab for a suite of gateway pages, available on the dark blue bar at the top of this page.