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Training offers for pharmacists

Working with NHS England and other partners, we are offering fully-funded, innovative training and development opportunities for 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 offers below:


Registration is open now for new clinical skills training for community pharmacists. This flexible training offer is designed to help community pharmacists build on their existing clinical examination and consultation skills – to assess, treat and manage common health problems.  

The training consists of a pre-required online gateway module on history taking and identification of serious conditions, and four optional clinical modules. These four modules cover four key themes: dermatology, cardiology, paediatrics, and ear, nose and throat.  

The module content will be delivered online using a flexible and responsive eLearning system, with optional face-to-face attendance for those who would find this beneficial. 

The training is designed to be complementary to independent prescribing training and can be completed prior to or after independent prescribing training courses.   

This fully funded offer is available until March 2024 for community pharmacists, including part time staff and locums. 

To register and find out more about the training visit the CliniSkills website. 

The ability to independently prescribe is crucial for pharmacists delivering care across the NHS. Applications for fully funded training for 2023/24 are now open.  

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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.

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