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 and GP pharmacy

We offer pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in primary care and GP teams a range of clinical programmes. Have a look at our general practice brochure or our medicines optimisation in care homes brochure to find out more.

If you are new to a clinical role in general practice, have a look at our factsheet, which provides information about the most appropriate programmes to access to get started in your new career.

The interactive e-course General practice – the fundamentals of working with GPs is an introduction to work in general practice. The e-course supports the national initiatives to promote the role of GP practice-based pharmacists and skill mix in primary care. The next tutor-supported e-course will run in September 2017. You can find out when the next tutor-supported e-course is scheduled to start on our dedicated e-courses page.

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 skills for Consulting with older people. You can find more suggestions for CPPE programmes and links to external resources on our Care homes gateway page.

We have released a range of new primary care learning programmes for learning communities. These topics were originally developed as learning sets for pharmacy professionals on the Clinical pharmacists in general practice education pathway and the Medicines optimisation in care homes pathway but they are now open to a wider audience. You can access these materials to be posted directly to your learning community participants 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. You can also order a batch of these materials for direct dispatch if you are not able to use a learning community.

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


Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor

focal point

Programmes for community pharmacy teams


Self-study guides available as PDFs


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.

Answering medicines-related questions in practice - distance learning

  • Format: distance learning
  • Study time: 2h:0m
Find out more and download

Care homes, medicines and older people - workshop

  • Format: workshop
  • Study time: 12h:30m
Find out more and book a place

Developing your role in general practice - workshop

  • Format: workshop
  • Study time: 7h:0m
Find out more and book a place

General practice - the fundamentals of working with GPs - e-course

  • Format: e-course
  • Study time: 100h:0m
Find out more and book a place

Patient safety in general practice - distance learning

  • Format: distance learning
  • Study time: 6h:0m
Find out more and download

Stable angina - second-line medicines - distance learning

  • Format: distance learning
  • Study time: 2h:0m
Find out more and download

Type 2 diabetes - distance learning

  • Format: distance learning
  • Study time: 2h:0m
Find out more and download