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.

Pharmacy Quality Scheme

Home Risk management and safeguarding Respiratory Healthy living support Prevention

The Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) forms part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF). It supports delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan and rewards community pharmacy contractors that deliver quality criteria in three quality dimensions: clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient experience. You will find information about this year’s scheme on this page.

CPPE offer learning and assessments to support you in achieving criteria relating to the following three domains in the 2022/2023 version of the scheme:

  • Risk management and safeguarding
  • Respiratory
  • Healthy living support

For some of these domains, you may be required to complete learning from other providers. When this is the case, we provide a link to this learning. We also provide links to the learning available from elearning for healthcare required to support you in achieving criteria in the Prevention domain.

There is a new requirement in the 2022/23 PQS that may mean that staff are required to repeat training and e-assessments that they have completed previously, depending on the stated validity period and when staff completed the training and e-assessments. We have developed this tracker to support you to quickly determine which CPPE learning programmes and assessments you have completed within the specified timeframe (if applicable).

Please note that this tracker is only a guide – click on the buttons at the top of this page to learn more about the steps you need to take to work towards meeting the training requirements for the quality criteria in the different domains. Please refer to the NHS England PQS guidance below to determine the learning requirements specific to your circumstances and role.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have prepared the PSNC Briefing 031/22: Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Summary of the training requirements for the 2022/23 Scheme, which summarises the training requirements for different staff groups, presented in a table.

Before you start the learning and assessment listed under the different domains, you may wish to access the key resources, which explain the gateway criteria, and the quality criteria included in the different domains.