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.

Supporting your wellbeing

How CPPE can support your wellbeing

CPPE is here to support your wellbeing through learning and personal development with over 40 soft skills guides, ranging from advice on Being resilient to Overcoming anxiety. These guides can support you through personal challenges that you may face as a pharmacy professional. Many provide toolkits to help you document and plan your development, while others demonstrate pharmacy-specific situations to help you put your learning into context.

As well as these guides, CPPE recognises that a pharmacy workforce that actively engages in continued professional learning and development is more confident, more resilient and more able to face challenges in their practice. The right learning can help reduce stress and anxiety in the workplace by ensuring that you have the skills to carry out your work confidently and safely.

A great way to do this is through our short e-learning programmes. For example, the Introduction to Accuracy checking pharmacy technician programme provides reassurance to pharmacy technicians who are considering the Accuracy checking pharmacy technician pathway. Or check out our series of online workshops, which are easier to fit around your busy schedule and help you feel more secure in your ability to offer person-centred care in a wide range of settings.

In addition to what CPPE has to offer, there are other organisations that can provide more urgent support.

Support for pharmacists

Pharmacist Support is the pharmacy profession’s independent, trusted charity. They provide a wide variety of support services to pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists, trainee pharmacists and student pharmacists. The charity has been supporting the pharmacy profession for more than 180 years and deeply understands and empathises with the issues affecting pharmacy today.

Each year, Pharmacist Support provides thousands of acts of support, and their mission is for no one in our pharmacy family to face challenging times without the charity by their side.

The free and confidential support services available through Pharmacist Support are Information and Enquiries, Specialist Advice in the areas of benefis and tax credits, debt and employment law, Financial Assistance, Addiction Support, Counselling and Peer Support, and the Wardley Wellbeing Service. For more information, please visit their website.

Support for pharmacy technicians

The Association for Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) is a professional leadership body for pharmacy technicians working in the UK. They can help you with advice on professional and educational issues.

We have worked with Pharmacist Support and APTUK to produce this pharmacy technicians factsheet, which provides you with advice and resources to support you in a number of areas, all of which help you to look after your wellbeing, including:

  • Qualifying and registering as a pharmacy technician
  • CPD and fitness to practise
  • Employment issues
  • Money management
  • Financial and legal advice



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.