NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality 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 (AARS), then visit our 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.

If you are considering moving to a role in a primary care network or GP practice, you can also access the Preparing to work in a primary care network or GP practice e-course.

We run workshops relevant to supporting the various pharmacy roles in primary care. Follow the links in the list of online learning programmes at the bottom of this page to see what is currently available.

In this list, we've also included links to our: 

  • Fundamentals' suite of e-courses, which aim to help build your knowledge and skills in a range of therapeutic topic areas
  • Optimise online workshops, which are delivered by CPPE tutors and allow you the opportunity to work through highly focused clinical topics with a group of peers.

Our CPPE Optimise programmes can also be delivered in a workplace-based format. They offer pharmacy and multiprofessional teams short, clinically focused reading and activities. They are specifically aimed at advancing your knowledge and skills, and we have worked with experts across the pharmacy profession to develop each programme. Optimise programmes include optional background learning, 20 minutes of preparation with a 40-minute small group learning session, and next steps to help you put your learning into practice. You can visit the Optimise section of our website to find out more and download materials.

For other learning on clinical topics, use our search facility at the top of the page or our A-Z tab, where you can filter for learning formats such as online or face-to-face.

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


Extended online programmes which are either self-directed or supported by a CPPE tutor


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


Self-study, information-based, reflective online learning

focal point

Programmes for primary care teams including community pharmacy


Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams

online workshop

Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor

Optimise - workplace based

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.

Fundamentals of palliative care - e-course

  • Format: e-course
  • Study time: 24h:0m

Fundamentals of renal therapeutics - e-course

  • Format: e-course
  • Study time: 24h:0m

Fundamentals of respiratory therapeutics - e-course

  • Format: e-course
  • Study time: 24h:0m