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.

Connecting with others

Social media is a fantastic way for individuals and teams to connect with other colleagues and keep up to date with changing practice. We have an ever growing presence on Facebook and Twitter. You can also link up with other groups of pharmacy and healthcare professionals on social media sites.

You can also contact your local CPPE tutor to find out about local events or networks. Email: info@cppe.ac.uk and we'll forward it to your local tutor.

If you want to join a professional group we have provided some information below. You may also be interested in our Networking and Clinical networks pages which provide some more information about formal networks and groups.

RPS discussion groups

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has a variety of online groups, which function in a similar way to social networking sites but are within a professional context.

They are accessible to all members in any geographical location and have been designed to allow members working in a similar specialty or with similar interests the opportunity to share information and good practice as part of an online community.

Find out more about the groups available from their website.

Special interest groups

We have listed a number of clinical networks and specialist and paediatric groups available on our Clinical networks page. You may also be interested in groups for different pharmacy sectors:


RPS networks

There are a variety of special forums which you can join via the RPS website which are available to members. These groups offer a fantastic way to keep up to date quickly with practitioners and topics in your professional area.

View the full list and explore the extensive list of forums.

Local practice forums

A local practice forum (LPF) is a local network of Royal Pharmaceutical Society members who come together at regular local meetings to:
     •   promote and share best practice
     •   demonstrate local leadership
     •   help influence country boards
     •   provide local peer-to-peer support.

Locate your local LPF.

APTUK branches

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) is the leadership body for pharmacy technician professionals.

Find your local branch and make contact with your local branch members.