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.

Hospital pharmacy

Our CPPE Optimise programmes offer hospital teams (pharmacy and multi-professional) short, clinically focused reading and activities. They are specifically aimed at advancing your knowledge and skills, and we have used experts in the pharmacy profession to write or contribute to each programme. Optimise programmes include optional background learning, 20 minutes of preparation with a 40-minute small group learning session, and next steps to help you put your learning into practice. Our Optimise leaflet guides you through this new series of learning programmes or visit the Optimise section of our website to find out more and order materials.

We have a variety of learning programmes available to support hospital pharmacy teams. Download our brochure Hospital pharmacy and medicines optimisation to find out more. To access other learning formats on clinical topics (eg, online or distance learning programmes) use our search facility at the top of the page or our A-Z tab to filter your options.

Increasing the number of pharmacist independent prescribers was a key recommendation of the Carter review, and we have a number of programmes to support prescribers. These include the Return to prescribing course for pharmacists who have qualified as prescribers but who haven't been able to prescribe in practice for some time.

Access our Medicines safety app, designed for secondary care professionals, to test your knowledge on high-risk areas for medicines safety incidents.

Leadership is a priority for pharmacy professionals in all sectors. Our fully-funded Leading for Change course is designed for mid-to-senior grade pharmacy professionals working in secondary care. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to take on challenges effectively and lead in medicines optimisation to deliver better patient outcomes. 

Our Hospital Pharmacy Advisory Panel is a group of hospital professionals who provide advice and insight on our engagement with hospital pharmacy. Sitting alongside the panel is a virtual group who provide advice on specific hospital pharmacy projects based on their experience and expertise. You can find out more about these groups in our Hospital pharmacy and medicines optimisation brochure (right).