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.

Urgent care

Urgent or unplanned care leads to at least 100 million NHS calls or visits each year, representing about one third of overall NHS activity and more than half the costs. Approximately one quarter of accident and emergency attendances could have been treated elsewhere.

NHS England’s Keogh Urgent and Emergency Care Review is now in its implementation phase and it is important that pharmacy professionals engage proactively in the development of new urgent and emergency care systems. Pharmacy teams in all sectors have potential to support the urgent care agenda by raising awareness of existing services, extending those services and being confident about when and where to refer patients whose needs are more complex.

Media wall

On this page you can find the videos supporting CPPE’s Urgent care: a focus for pharmacy distance learning programme and our learning campaign.


CPPE has created many different formats of learning programmes and workshops on urgent care. You can find an evaluation of our residential workshop for community pharmacists here.