NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments 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.

Quick clinical updates

Our bite-sized learning is a quick way to keep up to date even if you are on the move.

We have launched a series of gateway pages, which have been designed to make our entire portfolio of learning materials more accessible and user-friendly. You can find them under the headings NHS priorities, Clinical pharmacy and Public health at the top of this page. Each section lists specific topic pages that contain learning materials and other relevant resources. Our gateway pages also allow you to see all the materials you have previously accessed so you can keep track of your learning. Take a look at the range of topics by selecting one of the three links with a ‘New’ icon at the top of the page.

Take our regular quiz, e-challenge, on what's new and happening in pharmacy, medicines and the NHS. You can register to receive an email prompt when the new editions are launched by updating your preferences in My CPPE profile.

Have a look at our Learn on the go page for more information.

Our fun and interactive online learning environment, theLearningpharmacy.com™, offers bite-sized learning challenges for the community pharmacy team.

Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Online courses held over a number of weeks, supported by a CPPE tutor


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

focal point

Programmes for community pharmacy teams


Self-study guides available as PDFs

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor


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.