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.

Governance in clinical pharmacy

Our e-learning programme Transfer of care: supporting patients into and out of hospital considers why transfer of care needs to improve, what a good transfer-of-care process for information about medicines should look like, and the actions pharmacy professionals need to take to make this happen. It includes links to key resources and useful tools to help you facilitate safe and effective transfer of care.

The NHS Discharge Medicines Service is an essential service for community pharmacy contractors. Although the service is provided by community pharmacy, pharmacy professionals from all sectors have important roles to play in supporting the patient's journey through the service. Visit our NHS Discharge Medicines Service page to learn more.

Keeping patients safe when they transfer between providers and making sure they are taking the right medicines is vital to their care and protection; pharmacy professionals can play a key role in the safe and accurate transfer of information about medicines. We have a number of programmes that incorporate discharge or a change to care-setting within the learning. See the listing below for more information about these programmes.

Of course, governance in clinical pharmacy is about more than just transfer of care. There are a number of other programmes that might help you to assure the governance of your practice. 



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.