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.

Stressed or isolated?

We have many useful guides, such as Overcoming anxiety or Work life balance, which can support you through some personal challenges you might face. Some suggested guides are listed below. If you need more urgent support you may find one of the following organisations may be able to help.

Pharmacist Support is an independent charity working to support you in times of need. The aim of the charity is to relieve poverty and hardship and to provide support and information, including:

  • financial assistance
  • specialist advice
  • Listening Friends telephone helpline
  • health support programme
  • information and enquiries.

Please email: info@pharmacistsupport.org or call them on 0808 168 2233.

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, including:

  • qualifying and registering as a pharmacy technician
  • CPD and fitness to practice   
  • employment issues
  • money management
  • wellbeing
  • 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

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.