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.

Pharmacy Quality Scheme

The Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for 2020/2021 as part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (2019/20 – 2023/24) has now been agreed.

The 2020/2021 scheme is formed of two parts – Part 1 and Part 2. Completion of Part 1 is a gateway requirement for Part 2. You can access information about the completion of Part 1 of the scheme on the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) Pharmacy Quality Scheme webpage.

At CPPE we offer learning and assessment to support you in achieving two of the criteria for Part 2. This learning relates to the following domains and criteria:

  • Prevention domain - weight management criterion
  • Risk management domain and criterion

Please note: there are two learning programmes associated with the risk management domain and criterion, we have separated them into different tabs below.

Completing the three CPPE training and e-assessments as detailed on this page does not mean that your pharmacy is entitled to a PQS payment for these criteria or domains. Contractors need to ensure that they meet all requirements for each quality criteria within a domain, as well as the gateway requirements, to be eligible to claim for the domain when they make their PQS declaration in February 2021.

Before you start the learning and assessment listed under each of the tabs you may wish to access the key resources which fully explain both the gateway requirements and the domains which include the quality criteria.

Click the following tabs where you will find an outline of the CPPE learning that will support you to work towards quality criteria within the prevention and risk management domains.

Prevention domain, weight management criterion – registered pharmacy professionals only

Obesity is a major public health problem due to its association with serious chronic diseases. Pharmacy professionals are in a position to support people to achieve weight loss and improve their health.

Part of the weight management quality criterion is as follows:

On the day of the declaration, 80% of registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy must have satisfactorily completed sections 1 and 3 of the ‘CPPE Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity training’ and assessment.

In order to achieve this element of the quality criterion you need to take the following steps:

Step 1 - e-learning

Access the CPPE Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity e-learning programme and work through:

  • Section 1 – What is overweight and obesity and why is it a public health problem?
  • Section 3 – Patient journeys.

You may want to work through section 2 of this programme to further your understanding but this is not required in order to achieve this quality criterion.

Access the CPPE Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity

Step 2 - e-assessment

This assessment supports the Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity e-learning programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within that programme.

Access the e-assessment

Log in to view your progress through the steps

Risk management domain and criterion, risk management training - registered pharmacy professionals only

Patient safety is integral to what pharmacy professionals do, but due to the nature of your work, within your practice there will be inherent risks.

Part of the risk management quality criterion is as follows:

On the day of the declaration, 80% of all registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy to have satisfactorily completed the CPPE risk management training and assessment.

If the training and assessment were satisfactorily completed between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020, this does not need to be repeated in 2020/21. This means that if you have already completed the guide and passed the associated assessment within this time frame then you do not need to repeat this. However, the resources are available here if you wish to refresh your learning on risk management.

If you have determined that you need to complete the risk management raining, or if you wish to refresh your learning on risk management, take the following steps:

Step 1 - guide

Work through the CPPE Risk management guide. We sent a hard copy of the CPPE Risk management guide to everyone on the GPhC register in February 2018. You can either access and download a copy of the CPPE Risk management guide or use your hard copy.

Please note that there is an update associated with this programme which was released in April 2020.

If you are using the interactive PDF version of this programme, please ensure you download and save a copy of it to your computer before attempting to make and save any changes. If you try and make changes in your browser, there is a strong likelihood of losing your work.

Access the digital version of the guide and the update here

Step 2 - e-assessment

Successfully complete the CPPE Risk management e-assessment.

This assessment supports our Risk management guide. We have developed this assessment to help you demonstrate that you have met the objectives set for this programme. Our key aims were to provide you with an understanding of what can go wrong in pharmacy practice, how you can learn from things that go wrong and how you can assess and manage risk.

Access the e-assessment

Log in to view your progress through the steps

Risk management domain and criterion, sepsis training - registered pharmacy professionals only

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect an estimated 150,000 people per year in the UK (UK Sepsis Trust March 2016). Early diagnosis is critical for patients to have the best outcomes from sepsis.

We recommend that you refer to the NHS England and NHS Improvement PQS guidance to determine whether you need to complete this sepsis training.

Part of the risk management criterion is as follows:

Pharmacy contractors that did not complete the risk review as part of the Risk management and safety domain for the 2019/20 PQS who wish to claim for the risk management domain as part of the PQS 2020/21 must ensure that on the day of the declaration, 80% of all registered pharmacy professionals working in the pharmacy have satisfactorily completed the CPPE sepsis online training […] and must be able to demonstrate that they can apply the learning to respond in a safe and appropriate way when it is suspected that someone has sepsis.

If you have determined that you need to complete the sepsis training, or if you wish to refresh your learning on sepsis, take the following steps:

Step 1 - e-learning

This e-learning consists of six short case studies on the topic of sepsis. Each case is in a different setting but relevant to practice. Registered pharmacy professionals must complete all six case studies.

  • Case study 1 - Community practice
  • Case study 2 - Hospital practice
  • Case study 3 - General practice
  • Case study 4 - Sepsis in children
  • Case study 5 - Sepsis in Pregnancy
  • Case study 6 - Sepsis in the Care home environment

Click here to access the CPPE Sepsis page

Step 2 - e-assessment

This assessment supports the Sepsis e-learning programme which consists of six short case studies. We have developed this assessment to help you demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes set for the programme. Our key aims were to provide you with an understanding of what sepsis is and how to identify sepsis based on signs, symptoms and risk factors and then respond in a safe and appropriate way when you suspect sepsis.

Access the e-assessment

Log in to view your progress through the steps

Completing the remaining elements of the domains

To find more information on what you need to do to fully achieve the requirements for the prevention and risk management domains please refer to the previous links: