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.

New medicine service (NMS)

The NMS is an advanced service which offers support to patients with a long-term condition who have been prescribed a medicine for the first time. The NMS is also included in the Pharmacy Quality Scheme.

Before you can provide the new medicine service you need to complete the New medicine service – self-assessment of readiness framework which assures you, your employer and the NHS that you have reflected upon the skills and knowledge necessary to provide the NMS and that you can demonstrate them. If you are just starting on your self-assessment journey our guide New medicine service: getting it right provides all the information you need about the NMS with helpful signposts to other key resources.

Our New Medicine Service (NMS) – e-learning programme aims to give you an understanding of how the NMS should be delivered in a person-centred, effective way as part of your day-to-day practice.

NMS guidance changes regularly, so to make sure you stay up to date and you are familiar with the key resources check the PSNC website information.

Additional NMS learning resources can be found below and on the New Medicine Service gateway page.

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

focal point

Programmes for community pharmacy teams


Self-study guides available as PDFs

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor


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.