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.

Designated supervisors

An ideal way to support your trainee pharmacisrs is to encourage them to join the CPPE trainee pharmacist Facebook page, where they will find CPPE and peer support. You can also encourage them to attend our event for trainee pharmacists, What's new in the BNF?

Make sure than the trainee pharmacists that you are working with have access to our resources. More than seven out of ten trainees in England use CPPE, but this means that three out of ten could be missing out. 

You can use CPPE learning materials to help your trainees demonstrate their GPhC performance standards. You can direct them to our online learning to keep up to date with clinical and therapeutics topics and improve personal development, communication, management and consultation skills. Our Gateway pages (NHS priorities; Clinical pharmacy; and Public health accessible from the top of the CPPE homepage) provide portals to CPPE learning materials and signpost to national guidance and tools. 

Promote theLearningpharmacy.com™ to your trainees as a tool for their own learning and as a way for them to support others in the pharmacy team to learn. 

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.