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.


It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the young and vulnerable people in society. Are you confident you would recognise the signs and signals that might indicate potential abuse? Would you know what action to take if you suspected abuse?

We have worked with Pharmacy Voice to update our safeguarding portfolio to support you in meeting Level 2 safeguarding status. Our e-learning programme Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults: a guide for the pharmacy team supports you in being confident in your actions should you have concerns around the safety or wellbeing of a person. It also includes more current issues such as child sexual exploitation (CSE) and female genital mutilation (FGM). To ensure you meet the Pharmacy Quality Scheme safeguarding gateway criterion and Declaration of Competence requirements, you will need to successfully complete the associated Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults: Level 2 assessment.

We have also developed a Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults: Level 1 assessment which can be accessed by the whole pharmacy team.

This is an emotive subject but having an increased awareness and knowing what to do should these issues arise is important. Child sexual exploitation, spotting the signs is a 15-minute video which presents a series of scenarios involving a young person at risk. The video provides some practical advice on how to act on your concerns.


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

Optimise - workplace based

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.