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 programme takes a blended learning approach delivered over six months, and consists of four online modules supported by face-to-face workshops and workplace-based learning experiences.

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.

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

Mandatory regional workshop dates

Midlands and the East

Online access: 3 February 2020
Official start date: 24 February 2020
Workshop 1:  3 March 2020
Workshop 2:  7 July 2020
Course ends: 31 August 2020
Assignment due: 28 September 2020

Workshop venue:  Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Queens Ride, Birmingham, B12 9QH

Closing date for applications: 14 February 2020

South West

Online access: 4 May 2020
Official start date: 25 May 2020
Workshop 1:  2 June 2020
Workshop 2:  13 October 2020
Course ends: 4 December 2020
Assignment due: 18 January 2021

Workshop venue:  The Bristol Golf Club, St Swithins Park, Blackhorse Hill, Almondsbury, BS10 7TP

Closing date for applications: 4 May 2020



Online access: 18 May 2020
Official start date: 1 June 2020
Workshop 1: 10 June 2020
Workshop 2: 1 October 2020 
Course ends: 11 December 2020
Assignment due: 25 January 2021 

Workshop Venue: The Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ

Closing date for applications: 18 May 2020


Online access: 24 August 2020
Official start date: 14 September 2020
Workshop 1: 23 September 2020
Workshop 2: 20 January 2021
Course ends: 26 March 2021
Assignment due: 10 May 2020 

Workshop venue: Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BJ

Closing date for applications: 24 August 2020



Online access: 1 September 2020
Official start date: 21 September 2020
Workshop 1: 29 September 2020
Workshop 2: 2 February 2021
Course ends: 2 April 2021
Assignment due: 17 May 2020 

Workshop venue: Apollo Hotel, Aldermaston Roundabout, Basingstoke, RG24 9NU

Closing date for applications: 31 August 2020

Optional workshop and insight day dates

Optional workshop

You will be provided with an opportunity to attend a regional workshop on presentation skills; this is an optional part of the programme and therefore places are limited. You will be provided with more information when you enrol on the programme.


Insight day

You will be provided with an opportunity to attend an insight day at a national organisation, for example NHS England and NHS Improvement. This is an optional part of the programme and therefore places are limited. More information on the insight days, including dates, venues and how to book a place, will be provided when you enrol on the programme.

Networking and local learning

A key part of the programme will be to build networks in pharmacy and the wider NHS. This will be facilitated by the workshops and insight days during the programme.

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.


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

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