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Training offers for pharmacists

Working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, NHS England and NHS Improvement, 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:


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 

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.

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

*More funded training opportunities will be available to eligible pharmacists from Autumn 2022. Find out more: Pharmacy Integration Programme.  

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 NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS).

The CPD offer consists of an e-course available through The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) followed by online workshops delivered by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The CPPE e-course must be completed ahead of attending the RPS online workshops. Find out more on the RPS website and to book your place.

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.

CPCS is a service where patients are referred to a community pharmacist by NHS 111 or General Practice for a minor illness consultation or an urgent medicine supply for a specified low-acuity condition.

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

This new education and training programme was established to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration had been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme also provided 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 were:

 - 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 ran for 12 months, starting from September 2020, and was available to all provisionally registered pharmacists providing NHS funded care and services in England.

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