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Training courses for pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists

Working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, NHS England and NHS Improvement, and other partners, we are offering fully-funded, innovative training and development courses for pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists. 

Our training has been developed to support the development of clinical pharmacists ready to work across a range of healthcare settings, including primary care networks.

Learn more about these courses below:


In partnership with key stakeholders, we are establishing an Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme to help provisionally registered pharmacists transition to full GPhC registration and beyond.

This new education and training programme has been established to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides a unique opportunity to accelerate pharmacist early years’ education and training reform and supports the delivery of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

The aims of the programme are:

 - To support provisionally registered pharmacists in England transition to full GPhC registration and beyond;
 - To develop pharmacists’ ability to achieve high-quality outcomes for patients and improve patient safety; and
 - To inform the next stage of pharmacist education and reform.

The programme will run for 12 months, starting from September 2020, and will be available to all provisionally registered pharmacists providing NHS funded care and services in England.

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This training is for pharmacists who are part of NHS England’s Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Programme or recruited into post through the Primary Care Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (Primary Care Network Contract DES).

The 18-month workplace-based training programme provides you with the clinical skills you need to deliver person-centred care in line with the NHS Long Term Plan. Pharmacists accepted on the training pathway are expected to play an active part in the emerging primary care networks, working as part of a multi-professional team in a patient-facing role.  This might be in a patient’s own home, in a care home, in a GP surgery, or at another community venue. Pharmacists who are part of the NHS England's Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Programme are also expected to take part in an independent prescribing course. This is in addition to the 18-month pathway if they do not already have an IP qualification.

The training will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in your role: from undertaking structured medication reviews, improving medicine optimisation and safety, and supporting care homes, to running practice clinics.

The 18-month training pathway is delivered by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

Details of the separate independent prescribing courses can be found in the section below.

Read the factsheet

This fully-funded Independent Prescribing training is available to all pharmacists who are deployed as part of the following programmes:

- Clinical pharmacists in General Practice

- Primary care pharmacy education pathway 

- Medicines optimisation in care homes 

- Integrated Urgent Care/NHS 111 workforce development for pharmacists

The training is available to all pharmacists providing NHS services to patients where independent prescribing is appropriate to their role and who have been recruited under one of the above training programmes.

Several training places are also available as part of the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes Programme for pharmacists who meet specific criteria.

Find out more, including eligibility criteria and course providers, in our factsheet.

This exciting and innovative pilot aims to transform pre-registration pharmacist training, by providing trainees with the opportunity to train in general practice as part of their pre-registration training year.

The project is facilitating over 100 pre-registration programmes across England that offer between three and six months of structured training experience in a GP practice. The placements will be in conjunction with a hospital or community pharmacy pre-registration training programme.

Trainees will gain a deep understanding of general practice, by working alongside the multidisciplinary team and learning more about the integral role pharmacy professionals play in patient care in the general practice setting. This will help to create a pharmacy workforce with an enhanced understanding of healthcare delivery across the system.

Placements are available across England via the Oriel national recruitment system for pharmacy.

Find out more information about pre-registration pharmacist training in General Practice


This Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a national offer for all community pharmacists, including locums and part-time staff, who wish to prepare to deliver the new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service. This is an advanced service where patients are referred to a community pharmacist by NHS 111 for a minor illness consultation or an urgent medicine supply for a specified low-acuity condition.

CPD online workshops are being delivered by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), for pharmacists providing the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service. Find out more on the RPS website and to book your place.

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is also offering a small proportion of online workshop places concurrently with the RPS and RCGP offer.

CPPE also has a range of training resources that can be used by pharmacists to prepare for new NHS services, including a self-assessment framework. Find out more on the CPPE website.

These offers cover the delivery of workshop places nationally, with pharmacists able to choose from a range of dates and times to suit them. Regardless of whether pharmacists learn with the RPS and RCGP or CPPE online events, the learning outcomes are the same, and they will complete the same online learning before they attend.