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.

CPPE Leading for change

Who is the course for?

Leading for Change is open to pharmacy professionals from all sectors of practice, including community pharmacy.

This fully funded leadership programme is open to anyone who has responsibility for leading a team or leading services within their organisation and would like to develop their skills further. 

Course aims

The aim of the programme is to enable you to develop the behaviours required to become an inspiring and effective pharmacy leader, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to take on challenges effectively and lead in medicines optimisation to deliver better outcomes for your patients and service users.

Course format

The programme comprises four online modules delivered over six months:

  1. Achieving your potential
  2. Developing and managing services
  3. Inspiring and achieving the best from your team
  4. Pharmacy within the wider healthcare system 

Each module is supported by a half-day online workshop, online discussion forums and a networking Zoom event to enable you to put your learning into practice and to allow you to network with fellow course participants. At the end of the programme you are required to submit an assignment to demonstrate how you have used your leadership skills over the course of the six months.

Course dates

There will be six cohorts of the programme running in 2022, in March (two), May, September, October and November 2022.

There is a choice of workshop dates for each cohort so that you can choose a cohort that works around your other commitments. You will need to attend all four workshops on the same day of the week to enable you to complete all parts of the programme with your online tutor and fellow cohort participants.

Full details of the all cohorts for 2022 can be found in the Course format and dates tab below.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme you should be able to:

  • reflect on your own leadership style and evaluate yourself against leadership frameworks to identify strengths and areas of development
  • describe and understand the processes involved in creating a successful team and managing its performance
  • describe national priorities and drivers for change in the NHS, pharmacy services and medicines optimisation and their implications at local level
  • develop an understanding of the wider NHS through unique experiences
  • lead on a project that delivers on the priorities of your pharmacy, department or organisation
  • identify opportunities for further leadership development according to identified learning needs.

Who can apply?

Any pharmacy professional who has responsibility for leading people or services within their organisation. The only exception is those currently undertaking of one of the NHS education pathways (CPGPE, MOCH or PCPEP) as leadership is included in these pathways.

We expect participants to have a foundation in leadership, either through completion of a previous leadership programme or through a number of years' experience as a leader.

Suggested prior learning includes the NHS Leadership Academy’s Edward Jenner programme, CPPE programmes such as Life skills - developing your potential e-course, or equivalent in-house training.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be working at, or towards, advanced level practice
  2. Desire to be working in a leadership role
  3. Have identified leadership as an area for development 
  4. Be responsible for managing staff and/or services
  5. Have the support of their line manager
  6. Have identified and agreed an appropriate workplace mentor

Course format and dates

Leading for Change comprises four online modules, delivered over six months each supported by a compulsory online workshop and optional networking Zoom Room. To successfully complete the course you need to attend all four workshops, contribute to the discussion forums and complete a written assignment to demonstrate how you have put your learning from the programme into practice.

Key dates for cohort 7,8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are outlined below:

Cohort 7

  • Access to course:       Monday 14 February 2022
  • Official start date:       Monday 7 March 2022
  • Workshop dates:        Tuesday afternoons (12:30pm-3:00pm): 8 March 2022, 3 May 2022, 28 June 2022, 6 September 2022
                                       Wednesday mornings (10:00am-12:30pm):
    16 March 2022, 11 May 2022, 6 July 2022, 14 September 2022
  • Course ends:             Friday 23 September 2022
  • Assignment due:        Monday 7 November 2022

Cohort 8

  • Access to course:     Monday 28 February 2022
  • Official start date:      Monday 21 March 2022
  • Workshop dates:      Thursday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 24 March 2022, 19 May 2022, 14 July 2022, 22 September 2022
                                     Monday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 28 March 2022, 23 May 2022, 18 July 2022, 26 September 2022
  • Course ends:            Friday 7 October 2022
  • Assignment due:      Monday 21 November 2022

Cohort 9

  • Access to course:     Tuesday 19 April 2022
  • Official start date:     Monday 9 May 2022
  • Workshop dates:      Wednesday afternoons (12:30pm-3:00pm): 11 May 2022, 6 July 2022, 7 September 2022, 16 November 2022
                                     Tuesday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm):
    17 May 2022, 12 July 2022, 13 September 2022, 22 November 2022
  • Course ends:            Friday 2 December 2022
  • Assignment due:      Monday 9 January 2023

Cohort 10

  • Access to course:     Thursday 1 September 2022
  • Official start date:     Monday 19 September 2022
  • Workshop dates:      Monday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 19 Sept 2022, 7 November 2022, 9 January 2023, 6 March 2023
                                     Wednesday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 
    28 Sept 2022, 16 November 2022, 18 January 2023, 15 March 2023
  • Course ends:            Friday 7 April 2023
  • Assignment due:      Monday 22 May 2023

Cohort 11

  • Access to course:     Thursday 1 September 2022
  • Official start date:     Monday 3 October 2022
  • Workshop dates:      Thursday afternoons (12:30pm-3:00pm): 6 October 2022, 24 November 2022, 19 January 2023, 23 March 2023
                                     Tuesday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 
    11 October 2022, 29 November 2022, 24 January 2023, 28 March 2023
  • Course ends:            Friday 21 April 2023
  • Assignment due:      Monday 5 June 2023

Cohort 12

  • Access to course:     Tuesday 1 November 2022
  • Official start date:     Monday 21 November 2022
  • Workshop dates:      Tuesday afternoons (12:30pm-3:00pm): 22 November 2022, 17 January 2023, 7 March 2023, 9 May 2023
                                     Thursday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 
    1 December 2022, 26 January 2023, 16 March 2023, 18 May 2023
  • Course ends:            Friday 2 June 2023
  • Assignment due:      Monday 24 July 2023

Insight webinars

You will be given an opportunity to attend an Insight webinar delivered by a national organisation such as: NHSE&I, CQC, NICE and Specialist Pharmacy Service to understand more about the organisation.

This is an optional part of the programme and therefore places are limited. More information on the Insight webinars, including dates, times and how to book a place, will be provided when you enrol on the programme.

All 2022 Insight webinars will be delivered via Zoom.

Networking and local learning

A key part of the programme will be to build your networks in pharmacy and across the wider NHS. This will be achieved by attending the online workshops, contributing to the discussion forums and by joining Zoom chats to network with others on the cohort.

Those who are geographically close to each other may also choose to set up local learning sets to allow further networking and sharing of best practice in a region.


Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians participating in the programme will be required to find a mentor. This will be a trusted colleague who is more senior than them in their organisation who can act as a sounding board and provide support and guidance to further develop their career and networks.

Programme handbook

The programme handbook is available here.

Apply now

Click here to apply for the courses shown below.

Cohort 7 (March 2022 – Tuesday afternoons)
Cohort 7 (March 2022 – Wednesday mornings)

Cohort 8 (March 2022 – Thursday mornings)
Cohort 8 (March 2022 – Monday mornings)

Cohort 9 (May 2022 – Wednesday afternoons)
Cohort 9 (May 2022 – Tuesday mornings)

Cohort 10 (September 2022 – Monday mornings)
Cohort 10 (September 2022 – Wednesday mornings)

Cohort 11 (October 2022 – Thursday afternoons)
Cohort 11 (October 2022 – Tuesday mornings)

Cohort 12 (November 2022 – Tuesday afternoons)
Cohort 12 (November 2022 – Thursday mornings)