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.

Learning communities

Learning communities provide you with a flexible way to learn in a relaxed atmosphere. You and your colleagues choose the time, place and topic.

A CPPE learning community is a group of pharmacy professionals who meet to study a CPPE learning programme. You can set up a learning community with pharmacy colleagues from your work place, in your local area, or those from a little further afield who have common learning needs. You could invite colleagues from other professions to join you as well, although they cannot register to receive printed programme materials. As a group you choose any topic from the learning community listings and enjoy your learning at a time and place to suit you. You could even choose to meet virtually by Skype or Google Hangouts.

Learning communities can use our focal point and CPPE Optimise learning formats and the materials we have developed for the Clinical pharmacists in general practice and Medicines optimisation in care homes pathways. You can find a complete programme listing on the learning communities dashboard.

Benefits of being part of a learning community include:

  • accessing CPPE learning with colleagues at a convenient time
  • networking with peers to share ideas and improve practice
  • holding meetings locally in rural communities
  • fitting your learning around work and family, but still being able to share the learning
  • focusing on topics that are relevant to you.

One of the best things about learning communities is that groups who meet together regularly can discuss how they have put previous learning into practice. This means being able to celebrate what went well, but also getting advice on things that didn’t go according to plan, so everybody benefits from shared learning.

Who can set up and join a CPPE learning community?

CPPE learning communities are available to all pharmacy professionals registered in England.