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.

Personal development

Do you want to develop a range of life skills to help you reach your full potential? Do you want to build greater self-awareness to help you and your team? Would you like to develop a personal skill set for both professional and personal use?

Personal development is for all pharmacy professionals – whether you are just starting out in pharmacy, looking to develop skills that will help you in your career or are an experienced healthcare professional, reviewing your practice.

Our learning programmes will provide you with a structured approach to reflect on your personal skill set and identify how you can develop a range of life skills to reach your full potential.

You can also access our Life skills – developing your potential e-course? 

“This course has been one of the best I have ever enrolled in. It's taught me a lot about myself in terms of where I am presently, and where I could improve. It has changed the way I perceive the world and I am now more conscious about my actions and those of others.” Participant on Life skills course



Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Extended online programmes which are either self-directed or supported by a CPPE tutor


Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures


Self-study, information-based, reflective online learning

focal point

Programmes for primary care teams including community pharmacy


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams

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.