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.

Primary care, general practice and care homes

We offer pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in primary care teams a range of clinical programmes and workshops. If you are employed through the Primary Care Network additional role reimbursement scheme have a look at our Primary care pharmacy education pathway brochure and visit the Primary care pharmacy education pathway pages for more information. We also have a large portfolio of learning for pharmacy professionals working in primary care who are not eligible for the pathway and you can find information below and download an information leaflet here.

The interactive Primary care essentials e-course is an introduction to the fundamentals of new roles for pharmacy professionals in general practice and care homes. The e-course supports the national initiatives promoting skill mix in primary care.

The Care homes: supporting people, optimising medicines e-learning is an introduction to work in care homes. It covers team members’ roles and responsibilities, legal and regulatory matters and relevant guidelines. A series of practice-based activities will support you to help care home residents to make the most of their medicines. You might also want to take a look at our Older people and Polypharmacy distance-learning programmes, governance topics such as The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and covert administration of medicines or Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults: a guide for the pharmacy team, or develop your consultation skills with our Consultation skills: what good practice looks like e-learning programme. You can find more suggestions for CPPE programmes and links to external resources on our Care homes gateway page.

We will be running workshops relevant to support the various pharmacy roles in primary care. These workshops include: Mental health and wellbeing in primary care, Neurology and dementia in primary careChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and Medicines optimisation in care homes essential skills . Have a look on the website and see what is running in your local area.

We have released a range of new primary care programmes for learning communities. These topics were originally developed as learning sets for pharmacy professionals on our primary care education pathways, but we have opened access so that other sectors can benefit from these programmes. You can access these materials through the learning communities section of our website, or download them from the list of programmes at the bottom of this page. Choose from the learning community topics list on the learning communities dashboard.

We also have a number of non-clinical programmes you may find useful – have a look at our self-study guides.

Programme formats explained

distance learning

Self-study programmes available as PDFs


Online assessments


Online courses held over a number of weeks, supported by a CPPE tutor


Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures

focal point

Programmes for community pharmacy teams


Self-study guides available as PDFs

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams


Local workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor or some you can deliver yourself

Learning levels explained

We recognise that people have different learning needs. Some of our programmes contain core learning while others deliver more complex learning that is only required to support certain roles. We have three categories of learning (1,2,3) and have allocated each programme to an appropriate category.

Core learning. Builds on limited knowledge. Some background reading may be required.

Application of knowledge. Assumes prior learning.

Supporting specialisms. We may not be the provider and will signpost you to other learning providers.

Learning programmes from other providers which complement your learning.

Primary care essentials e-course - e-course

  • Format: e-course