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.

CPPE Leading for change

Welcome to the CPPE Leading for change programme. This fully funded programme is open to mid-to-senior grade pharmacy professionals who work in primary or secondary care, Health and Justice or the armed forces who have completed their foundation level practice and are working at, or towards, advanced level practice.

The aim of the programme is to bridge the gap between foundation and advanced leadership practice in order to develop leaders across the pharmacy profession. It will also equip participants with the knowledge and skills to take on challenges effectively and lead in medicines optimisation to deliver better patient outcomes.

New Leading for change online

We now offer a fully updated version of the programme with all of the content being delivered virtually. Each of the four online modules is supported by a half-day online workshop and a networking Zoom room to enable learners to put their learning into practice and to share ideas and to network with other course participants.

The four online workshops will run on a number of different days of the week so that participants can choose a cohort that works around their other commitments.

There will be two cohorts of the programme starting in March 2021 and two more in September 2021, each with 40 learners.

There is a choice of workshop dates for each cohort, as you will need to attend all four workshops on the same day of the week to enable to complete all parts of the programme with your online tutor and fellow cohort participants.

Full details of all cohorts for 2021 can be found in the Course dates tab below.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme participants should be able to:

  • reflect on their own leadership style and evaluate themselves against leadership frameworks to identify strengths and areas of development
  • describe and understand the processes involved in creating a successful team and managing its performance
  • describe national priorities and drivers for change in the NHS, pharmacy services and medicines optimisation and their implications at local level
  • develop an understanding of the wider NHS through unique experiences
  • lead on a project that delivers on the priorities of their pharmacy department and organisation
  • identify opportunities for further leadership development according to identified learning needs.

Who can apply?

Any pharmacy professionals who work in primary or secondary care, Health and Justice or the armed forces who have completed their foundation level practice and are working at, or towards, advanced level practice. The only exception is those currently undertaking of one of the NHS education pathways (CPGPE, MOCH or PCPEP) as leadership is included in these pathways.

We expect participants to have a foundation in leadership, either through completion of a previous leadership programme or through a number of years' experience as a leader.

Suggested prior learning includes the NHS Leadership Academy’s Edward Jenner programme, CPPE programmes such as Leadership for pharmacy professionals and Life skills - developing your potential e-course, or equivalent in-house training.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be working at, or towards, advanced level practice
  2. Desire to be working in a leadership role
  3. Have identified leadership as an area for development 
  4. Be responsible for managing staff and/or services
  5. Have the support of their chief pharmacist or equivalent senior leader
  6. Have identified and agreed an appropriate workplace mentor

Course dates

There will be four cohorts of the programme in 2021, each with 40 learners. Cohorts 3 and 4 will start in March, Cohort 5 in September and Cohort 6 in October.

There is a choice of workshop dates for each cohort as you will need to attend ALL FOUR workshops on the same day of the week to enable you to complete all parts of the programme with your online tutor and fellow cohort participants 

Cohort 3

Access to course:    Monday 15 February 2021

Official start date:    Monday 8 March 2021

Workshop dates:       Tuesday afternoons (12:30pm-3:00pm): 9 March 2021, 27 April 2021, 22 June 2021, 7 September 2021


                                  Wednesday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 17 March 2021, 5 May 2021, 30 June 2021, 15 Septemer 2021             

Course ends:             Friday 24 September 2021

Assignment due:       Monday 1 November 2021


Cohort 4

Access to course:      Monday 1 March 2021

Official start date:      Monday 22 March 2021

Workshop dates:       Thursday mornings (10:00am-12:30pm): 25 March 2021, 13 May 2021, 8 July 2021, 23 September 2021


                                  Monday afternoons (12:30pm-3:00pm): 29 March 2021, 17 May 2021, 12 July 2021, 27 September 2021             

Course ends:             Friday 8 October 2021

Assignment due:       Monday 15 November 2021


Cohort 5

Access to course:      Tuesday 31 August 2021

Official start date:      Monday 20 September 2021

Workshop dates:       Wednesday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 22 September 2021, 10 November 2021, 5 January 2022, 9 March 2022


                                  Monday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 27 September 2021, 15 November 2021, 10 January 2022, 14 March 2022             

Course ends:             Friday 8 April 2022

Assignment due:       Monday 16 May 2022


Cohort 6

Access to course:      Monday 13 September 2021

Official start date:      Monday 4 October 2021

Workshop dates:       Thursday afternoons (12:30pm-3:00pm): 7 October 2021, 11 November 2021, 20 January 2022, 24 March 2022


                                  Tuesday mornings (10:00am-12:30pm): 12 October 2021, 30 November 2021, 25 January 2022, 29 March 2022      

Course ends:             Friday 22 April 2022

Assignment due:       Monday 30 May 2022


Open the Apply now tab to book your place on your chosen cohort.

Insight day webinars

You will be provided with an opportunity to attend an insight day delivered by a  national organisation including  NHSE&I, Public Health England, CQC, NICE and Specialist Pharmacy Service.

This is an optional part of the programme and therefore places are limited. More information on the insight day webinars, including dates, times and how to book a place, will be provided when you enrol on the programme.

All 2021 insight day webinars will be delivered virtually via Zoom.



Networking and local learning

A key part of the programme will be to build networks in pharmacy and across the wider NHS. This will be facilitated by attending the online workshops and opportunity to join monthly Zoom room chats to network with others on the cohort.

Those who are geographically close to each other may also choose to set up local learning sets to allow further networking and sharing of best practice in a region, as and when we are able to meet up face to face.


Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians participating in the programme will be required to find a mentor. This will be a senior leader who can act as a sounding board and provide support and guidance to further develop their career and networks.

Programme handbook

More information about the programme can be found in the programme handbook

Apply now

Click on the links below to apply.

Cohort 3 (Tuesday afternoons)

Cohort 3 (Wednesday mornings)

Cohort 4 (Thursday mornings)

Cohort 4 (Monday afternoons)

Applications for Cohorts 5 and 6 will be open for booking in March 2021.