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 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.

New Leading for change online

From September 2020 we will be offering a fully updated version of the programme with all of the content being delivered virtually. Each of the four online modules will 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 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.

From March 2021 we are aiming to reintroduce some face-to-face cohorts of the programme to run alongside the online course for those who prefer to attend workshops in person.

Full details of all cohorts for September 2020 can be found in the Course dates tab below.

Details for the face-to-face cohorts will be available later in 2020.

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 two cohorts of the programme starting in September 2020, each with 40 learners. Cohort 1 will start on 14 September and Cohort 2 on 28 September.

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 1

Access to course:      Monday 7 September 2020

Official start date:    Monday 14 September 2020

Workshop dates:       Tuesday afternoons (12:30-3:00pm): 22 September 2020, 10 November 2020, 12 January 2021, 9 March 2021


                                  Thursday mornings (10:00am-12:30pm): 17 September 2020, 5 November 2020, 7 January 2021, 4 March 2021             

Course ends:             Friday 2 April 2021

Assignment due:       Monday 17 May 2021


Cohort 2

Access to course:      Monday 7 September 2020

Official start date:    Monday 28 September 2020

Workshop dates:       Wednesday afternoons (12:30-3:00pm): 7 October 2020, 25 November 2020, 27 January 2021, 24 March 2021


                                  Friday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm): 2 October 2020, 20 November 2020, 22 January 2021, 19 March 2021             

Course ends:             Friday 16 April 2021

Assignment due:       Monday 31 May 2021

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

Insight day

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 days, including dates, venues and how to book a place, will be provided when you enrol on the programme.

All 2020 insight days will be delivered virtually via Zoom.



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. For the online course we’ll be offering participants the opportunity to join monthly Zoom room chats to network with others on their cohort. 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