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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:


There is limited availability at the University of Bath, University of Exeter and University of Manchester – contact the admissions teams at these universities to enquire about enrolment.

Courses at Keele University and De Montfort University are fully subscribed and no longer enrolling learners.  

This training is being provided to enrolled learners as part of the Pharmacy Integration Fund. Learners enrolled with the Universities listed above need to complete their Postgraduate modules by March 2021, whether they are working towards a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma – or completing CPD for revalidation.

Courses and modules are designed to help community pharmacists skill themselves up for the future, making the most of their clinical skills for the benefit of patients.

For further information on applying, modules on offer and study requirements see the provider sites:

University of Bath
Exeter Medical School
University of Manchester

Please note that students may apply to a provider outside of their region.

View all available CPD units and modules, broken down by University provider


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 training is designed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in care settings to improve or develop the delivery of multidisciplinary care skills, to allow greater integration with the NHS locally. Pharmacists are also given the opportunity to gain an independent prescribing qualification.

The training is an 18-month workplace-based model, with the last learner cohort starting in September 2019. Independent prescribing training is additional for those who do not already have an IP qualification. 

Upon completion, you will be able to work with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver medicines optimisation for the benefit of patients, as part of an integrated multidisciplinary team. Clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will become fully integrated members of the clinical multidisciplinary team in a patient-facing role to clinically assess and care for patients, using their expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas.

Also open to pharmacists working in health and justice.

The training programme is delivered nationally by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

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


We are leading on 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 medicines supply for a specified low-acuity condition.

The new, free CPD offer aims to enhance and refresh your skills to help you undertake effective, patient-facing clinical consultations, assessments and communications. With a particular focus on identifying red flags, referring appropriately to the wider NHS network if needed and effective patient follow-up, the CPD will ensure patient care continues to be as safe as possible.

The CPD consists of a range of pre-course reading and preparative work followed by local face to face workshops, usually as a single day or two evenings.

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has a range of training resources which can be used by pharmacists to prepare for new NHS services, including a self-assessment framework. Further information is available on the CPPE website.