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.

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Pharmacy leaders development programme

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Pharmacy leaders development programme is for experienced pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who aspire to lead large and complex NHS departments, services, teams or systems of care to benefit patients and local communities. It aims to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to help experienced pharmacy professionals become outstanding, compassionate and inclusive leaders, and improve the performance of the teams and the people who work with them to deliver improved outcomes for patients and the public.

This programme aims to create a cadre of senior pharmacy professionals ready for challenging senior leadership roles and to develop professional networks to sustain their professional leadership practice. A key objective is to make a positive contribution to improving the diversity of those in senior pharmacy professional leadership positions in the NHS. 

It offers a comprehensive mix of residential workshops, optional online specialist study days, and small group support to build capability, confidence and networks across the wider system.

NHS England and CPPE held a webinar on 26 March 2024 to promote the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Pharmacy Leaders Development programme. You can access the webinar recording here. Please note: The webinar contains the Cohort 6 dates. The dates for cohort 7 can be found in the Residential blocks drop-down section.

Overview of the programme

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's pharmacy leaders development programme has been developed in conjunction with senior leaders from across the pharmacy profession as a self-directed programme, delivered using experiential and action learning.

At the first residential block, participants will be introduced to Boyatzis’s model of self-directed learning (Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee, 2002). Participants will be supported by their impact group and facilitator to determine their individual leadership development needs and to plan their further learning requirements.

Components of the programme include:

  • compulsory residential block A: three days
  • compulsory residential block B: two days
  • virtual impact group meeting (one day, approximately in month three)
  • work-based leadership challenge/project that links to one or more of the programme’s learning outcomes
  • optional specialist study days and insight days
  • online interaction via discussion forums   
  • personal study time
  • mentoring.

Learning outcomes

On completing all aspects of this programme, you will be able to:  

  • develop your self-awareness and resilience by reflecting on who you are as an inclusive leader and evaluating your strengths and areas for development 
  • identify strategies to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in your team, service or organisation
  • inspire your team, service or organisation to deliver inclusive, compassionate, person-centred care for patients and local communities
  • build a powerful support network of leaders within pharmacy, across other health and care professions, and with those supporting the delivery of care such as workforce, finance and commissioning
  • apply the concept of systems leadership and the behaviours required to lead across systems in order to be visible, provide excellent services, drive forward collaborative working and address health inequalities 
  • apply the principles of good strategic leadership communications and engagement. 

The programme has two themes that run throughout: a focus on the ‘line of sight’ to the quality and experience of those who access health and care services; and a commitment to embed excellence in equality, diversity and inclusion within all aspects of leadership. 

Residential blocks

CPPE will deliver residential leadership training. This will include input from experienced senior leaders from across the NHS.

There are two residential blocks of training, nine months apart, both of which take place at the Warwick Conference Centre.

Cohort 7

Block A: Tuesday 15 October to Thursday 17 October 2024

Block B: Tuesday 10 June to Wednesday 11 June 2025

Specialist study days

In addition to the intensive residential blocks of training, there will be a series of optional online specialist workshops on offer annually. These will be open to those who have identified particular areas of development. Study day topics may include:

  • finance
  • commissioning and procurement
  • technical services
  • working across systems
  • insight days for national organisations.

These workshops will be held on an annual basis according to need.

Networking and local learning

A key part of the programme will be to build and sustain networks in pharmacy and the wider NHS. This will be facilitated by the residential nature of the programme.

You may also choose to set up online learning sets to allow further networking and sharing of best practice in a specific region or specialty.


As the programme relies on your ability to apply your learning in the workplace, it is essential that you have the support of your line manager or a senior leader in your organisation who can commit the resources needed for you to complete the programme.

We recommend that you agree with your line manager or supporter how they will support you to protect the time you need to attend the mandatory residential workshops and implement your work-based leadership challenge or project. It is essential that your supporter can provide regular mentoring and is available for guidance and support.

Apply here

There are 30 places available for each cohort. Online applications for Cohort 7 are now open and can be made by completing this application form.

Before applying for the programme, please read the Applicant guide. This outlines how to apply for the programme, including requirements for your work-based leadership challenge/project and personal statement.

NHS England and CPPE held a webinar on 26 March 2024 to promote the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Pharmacy Leaders Development programme. You can access the webinar recording here. Please note: The webinar contains the Cohort 6 dates. The dates for cohort 7 can be found in the Residential blocks drop-down section.

The closing date for applications to join Cohort 7 will be midday on Monday 16 September. Late applications will not be considered. You will be notified of the outcome by 5:00pm on Thursday 19 September and asked to respond to your offer by 5:00pm on Tuesday 24 September.