Training and Events

For details of important dates, training, events & CPL meetings click on a title on the list below


Community Pharmacy Technician
Advancing your role.

This new NHS England fully funded training programme will help pharmacy technicians develop the skills and confidence to deliver effective clinical services in community pharmacy. This is to ensure that they have the right post-registration training to enable confident, safe working practices and career development.

Launching in September, up to 840 pharmacy technicians will be able to apply for the training.

To register and find out more about the programme visit the CPPE website.

Discounted Flu training venues – Allied Health Training

Discounted Flu Training – click here for more information. Don’t forget to use your code CPLSC25 for a £25 discount!

Virtual Outcomes

Virtual Outcomes provides an on-line training solution to support you and your teams as part of our on-going programme of training. This is fully funded by CPL, so access is available to ALL our pharmacies.

The modules are aimed at Counter Staff and Health Champions, but may be enjoyed by the whole team, to ensure the best outcomes for your Patients.

There will be a different module released into the training library on the 1st of each month; all modules will remain in the library for you to access. These modules can be accessed at work or at home via a PC, tablet or mobile devices, for your convenience. All your teams need to access the training is your Pharmacies F Code.

Each module takes 15-20 minutes, with a test at the end to check your knowledge, and the facility to download a Certificate of Completion – great for your Healthy Living Pharmacy Portfolio and/or GPhC file as evidence of continued staff training.

The new course library is accessed by following the instructions in the Easy Guide. This can be found in the FAQ section of Virtual Outcomes website:

Virtual Outcomes Calendar 2023 – click here

VirtualOutcomes Online Support to Implement the New Pharmacy Contact

Following the announcement about the new five year community pharmacy contract, VirtualOutcomes has produced an overview of the support they will offer pharmacy to deliver the various different aspects of it.

Click here for an overview of the courses being released in the coming months to support contractors.

CPPE – NorthWest

CPPE decided in March 2020 to postpone all face to face events. They are now offering workshops online via the zoom platform. The online workshops offer the same range of activities, group discussion, small group learning & networking as the face to face workshops but in the comfort of your own space.

Click here for a list of the Spring – Summer 2022 CPPE online workshops that are available for booking.

Two new workshops  are starting in the Summer, Type 2 Diabetes: supporting people better and Health inequalities: focus on vaccine hesitancy.

CPPE also have some new programmes available including, Controlled drugs in Chronic pain: supporting patients with safe and effective use e-learning and Pharmacy technicians: enhancing your professional practice e-course.

Some of the new programmes have been developed for other sectors but may still be of interest.

There are many dates available to book and the online format is not only proving convenient but also an opportunity to speak to peers working in other parts of the country to share practice.

Full information can be found on the CPPE website: .

Newly Qualified Pharmacist programme  

Are you or do you work with a newly qualified pharmacist? 

This year CPPE is continuing to support newly qualified pharmacists this includes pharmacists working in community pharmacy. 

For newly qualified community pharmacist’s working in an independent pharmacy or a multiple without their own early years training programme or as a locum, CPPE in conjunction with HEE have created the Newly qualified pharmacists programme. 

The CPPE programme is a fully-funded, twelve-month programme for newly qualified pharmacists who completed pre-registration training in the 2020/21 cohort. 

The overall aim of the Newly qualified pharmacist programme is to support pharmacists to develop, and demonstrate, confidence and competence in core areas of community pharmacy practice. The programme is designed to support newly qualified pharmacists to become better equipped to adapt and deliver safe and effective patient care at this pivotal stage of their career. 

The programme takes a blended learning approach and offers a comprehensive mix of online learning activities, workshops, assessment and work-based support. Each pharmacist will be allocated a designated CPPE education supervisor, who will review their progress in practice and provide feedback and support.  The programme introduces newly qualified pharmacists to the fundamentals of being a successful and competent pharmacist through a series of online learning modules, self-reflection, assessments, and education supervisor support.

The Newly qualified pharmacist programme supports pharmacists to become better equipped to deliver safe and effective patient care, and provides comprehensive learning to support their springboard towards Independent Prescribing (IP) training. 

Two cohorts are available. 

Cohort 1 applications close 7th November, start date 1st November 

Cohort 2 application close 6th February, start date 31st January 

For more information and to apply visit Newly qualified pharmacist programme : CPPE

Community Pharmacist consultation service
CPPE has developed a range of learning resources for pharmacists to provide the CPCS, including a self-assessment framework which helps you to identify gaps in your knowledge.
They have now introduced the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service: essential skills programme.
The aim of the programme is to support pharmacists to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to undertake effective consultations, communications and clinical assessments in order to provide the NHS CPCS.

The programme includes an e-course of approximately 10-12 hours learning and a half day workshop.
Workshops are available for booking with dates from October 2020 to March 2021.
More information and booking details are available on the CPPE website. You can also follow this link

Foundation pharmacists programme 2020/2021
Health Education England (HEE) has provided funding for CPPE to deliver the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists.
This 12 month programme, mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacist Framework 2019, the programme is designed to support learners to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, behaviours, abilities, values, attitudes, beliefs and experience to deliver excellent patient care. The programme offers support from a CPPE education supervisor and on completion of the programme the pharmacy professional will be issued with a Statement of Assessment and Progression.

Provisionally registered pharmacists (PRPs) who work in community pharmacy are eligible for the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 unless their employer provides a foundation training programme.
For more information and to apply for a place visit the CPPE website via this link

Supporting pre-registration pharmacists
CPPE materials are available for free to all GPhC registered pharmacy professionals. This includes pharmacy technicians and pre-registration pharmacists.
Visit the CPPE website for more information

Influenza vaccinations
CPPE has resources to support with influenza vaccinations including the Immunisation gateway page that has links to CPPE programmes and well as links to government & NHS resources
For more information specifically about influenza there is an e-learning

Pharmacy Quality Scheme
A new and updated Pharmacy Quality Scheme page has been launched on the CPPE website.
The page includes links to essential learning on
• Weight management
• Risk Management
• Sepsis
Links to documents to support other domains are also included on this page.

Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing Service
As the exciting new service Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing Service is launched, CPPE have created a resources page to support pharmacy professionals to start their service with confidence. The page includes the mandatory Training video and links to essential documents.
For more information about the service and to access the video, visit the CPPE website via this link

Covid-19 learning and resource hub
The covid-19 resource hub is a one stop shop for information, support and links to other organisations. You may also find this hub useful if you have been re-deployed or are upskilling at this time.
There is also a covid-19 gateway page for even quicker links to the covid-19 resources you may need.

Supporting you
The last six months have been challenging and these challenges will continue as we travel through the autumn & winter. Support is available for pharmacy professionals on the CPPE website for both personal and professional life. This can be found in the supporting you section of the CPPE website


For more information or queries contact the CPPE head office team on: or use the live chat service on the CPPE website, available from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday

Oriel – National Foundation Trainee  Pharmacist  Recruitment Scheme 2022 – Invitation to Participate

Please find attached a letter below which provides details of how to register with Oriel for recruitment of Trainee Pharmacists starting in July 2023. This is the letter for any potential new Community Pharmacy employers so it has been shared with all LPC’s (and Pharmacy Leadership Groups) across HEE North.

New Oriel employers registration letter Jan 22

PSNC Regulatory Changes Webinar

Gordon Hockey, Director of Legal, will be hosting a PSNC webinar about upcoming changes to the Pharmaceutical Regulations on Tuesday 16th May at 7pm.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England has introduced a package of regulatory changes in response to the current pressures on community pharmacy, and calls from PSNC for regulatory easements to help contractors to manage the workforce and cost pressures. While the package is an inadequate response to the pressures and one aspect is divisive (and they were opposed by PSNC), some of the changes have some merit and may assist contractors.

PSNC’s webinar will cover the regulatory changes due to come into force from 25th May 2023. Gordon will outline the flexibilities for contractors to close for rest breaks and the provisions against which Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) may agree local hours plans. He will also look at business continuity plans to deal with temporary closures, and review the options for 100-hour pharmacies to reduce their core hours.

For full details and how to book, please click here

C+D Awards 2023

The C+D Awards are back for 2023, after another testing year this is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the best of the best within Community Pharmacy. For full details, please click here.

CPLSC Meetings

For details of CPLSC meetings click here 

Previous meetings & Events

Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM 2021

The 2022 Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM was held on Tuesday 19th September 2022 at Preston Biz Space

A copy of the audited accounts 2020/21 can be downloaded here. A simple majority was required for the accounts to be accepted. Votes for (including postal votes) was 116, votes against 0, no abstentions.  The vote to accept the accounts was carried unanimously.

Community Pharmacy Lancashire Annual report 2020/21 can be downloaded here

Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM Minutes 2022 can be found here

The AGM was followed by a presentations from James Wood PSNC Director of Contractor & LPC Support and Fin McCaul PSNC North West Regional Representative who gave updates on the 2021/22 (Year Three) CPCF agreement and The Future of Representation & Support. You can view a recording of the presentations here

Community Pharmacy Lancashire SGM 2021

On 14th September 2021 a special meeting of contractors was held to amend the LPC Constitution to allow the Committee to delay the elections for LPC membership by one year. Members Term of Office was due to expire on 31st March 2022. However, proposals for change about the future model of local and national contractor representation and support, are likely to be put to a contractor vote within the year. For this reason, the Committee considered that the elections should be delayed until 2023 when the new model of support has been determined by the sector. To achieve this, it was proposed to amend the Constitution of the Lancashire LPC as follows:
Existing Clause – 13. Term of Office
• Subject to paragraphs 14 and 16, members of the Committee shall hold office from 1 April in the year of the election or appointment for a period of 4 years.
New Clause – 13. Term of Office
• Subject to paragraphs 14 and 16, members of the Committee shall hold office from 1 April in the year of the election or appointment for a period of 4 years. [Except that the term of office starting on 1 April 2018 shall be postponed until 1 April 2023 and current LPC members shall hold office for a period of 5 years.]
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss and ask questions prior to voting on the changes. 
A two thirds majority was required for the proposal to be accepted. Votes for (including postal votes) was 115, votes against 1, no abstentions. Motion was carried

Previous Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM meetings

Older copies of audited accounts and Chairman statements can be requested from the CPL office. Email

PCN Pharmacy Leads training. February 2020

Training was held at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club to support the newly appointed PCN leads.

PCN Formation Events. January 2020

Five hosted PCN Formation Events were held across the five key geographies during the first two weeks of January. The events enabled those involved to come together for final, face to face discussions and confirm their PCN group, lead, complete the relevant documentation and register with CPL.

In addition there was a CPD session from Lynette Roberts about transitioning from working as competitors to collaborators

For more information on PCN formation and details of PCN leads visit our PCN Hub page

PCN Formation and CPCS Update Meeting. December 2019

A PCN Formation meeting attended by over 200 pharmacy professionals from across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn and Darwen was held at which updates to relevant documentation were given. Face to face group discussions were facilitated, PCN group communication platforms were shared and assistance given with queries.

In addition there was a review session on the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS) supporting implementation of the new service to help maximise patient care and service revenues.

Primary Care Networks (PCN) Roadshow. October 2019

This PCN roadshow was held for contractors in Blackburn with Darwen area

Social media training. July 2019

Two sessions of Social media training for pharmacist/pharmacy team members were held in Preston

Primary Care Networks (PCN) Roadshow. July 2019

This PCN roadshow was held for contractors in East Lancs CCG area

GP DMIRs. July 2019

Three training sessions for the GP DMIRs service were held for Fleetwood & Darwen contractors

Flu Training. July 2019

Two sessions of flu training were held in Preston

GPhC Inspections – Inspect the uninspected. July 2019

This evening meeting held at Blackburn Rovers Football Club was designed to help pharmacy teams to be ready for surprise GPhC inspections?

Travel Health Training. June 2019

This training held over two days in Garstang was open to all contractors in the CPL footprint

Health Coach training. May 2019

Two day fully funded PCN level Health Coach training was held in both Pennine Lancs & Blackpool. The training was also open to Skelmersdale, Barrow PCNs

Behaviour Change Training. April 2019

Behaviour Change Training (Smoking related) was held for Blackburn with Darwen Contractors

Multidisciplinary educational session. February 2019

A Multidisciplinary educational session on liver disease was held in Blackpool

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) and Quality Payments. Dec 2018

On Monday 3rd December, Community Pharmacy Lancashire held a training event for contractors and pharmacy team members which focused on FMD and Quality Payments. Thank you to everyone who attended and to Alastair Buxton from PSNC for delivering the presentations.

Alastair’s slides can be downloaded below:

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) presentation

Minor Illness training. November 2018

This event was held to support contractors in Darwen

Maximising your MUR and NMS Services. November 2018

Please note this has ceased as an advanced service.

These two evening events in Accrington & Preston were delivered by the NPA and aimed to help pharmacy teams to be more effective in delivering Medicines Use Reviews(MURS) and the New Medicines Service (NMS). The event also covered an update on the new Quality Payments Scheme and Patient Safety.

LCFT (Lancashire Care Foundation Trust) Mental Health Awareness. October 2018

An event was held in Preston with Lancashire Care Foundation Trust which included suicide prevention training

An evening with GPhC inspector Craig Whitelock-Wainwright – Sept 2018

On Thursday 27th September Community Pharmacy Lancashire held their Annual General Meeting which was followed by an informative presentation from GPhC inspector Craig Whitelock-Wainwright.

CGL Stakeholder Events – North & Central Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Services. Sept 2018

CGL Stakeholder Events for the North & Central Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Services were held on two evenings in September

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Revalidation, & the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). April 2018

On Thursday 12th April, Community Pharmacy Lancashire held a training event for contractors and pharmacy team members which focused on GDPR, Revalidation and FMD. Thank you to everyone who attended and to Leyla Hannbeck from the NPA for delivering the presentation.

Leyla’s slides can be downloaded below:

Revalidation & GDPR slides

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) slides

EGM –  Formation of a Company Limited by Guarantee. September 2015

Community Pharmacy Lancashire held a special meeting of contractors Wednesday 2nd September 2015 to propose the formation of a company limited by guarantee.

The healthcare purchasing (commissioning) climate has changed enormously in the last few years. More organisations could use pharmacies to provide services but there is now competition for what we have historically regarded as “community pharmacy only services”. Services are being put out to tender, by CCGs and Local Authorities, rather than being directly commissioned from community pharmacy, e.g. historically by a PCT. Community Pharmacy Lancashire being a representative committee is not permitted to bid for these. The new Company would be able to bid for tenders and services to ensure that community pharmacies do not lose out on the potential to deliver existing and new services.

In consultation with PSNC, Community Pharmacy Lancashire support the setting up of a Company Limited by Guarantee to act on behalf of all Pharmacy Contractors in the Lancashire Area. A company limited by guarantee is often used for establishing charities, clubs, societies, community projects and other such organisations. One of the reasons to opt for establishing a Company Limited by Guarantee is that it protects those running the company from personal liability, for example the company’s debts. Funding for the company may be initially generated by having a joining fee and in due course from any tender that it is successful in bidding for.

Memoranda of Articles are available to view here

Voting results

Prior to the meeting, 46 postal votes accepting the changes had been received. There were no postal votes rejecting the changes. A further 167 votes in favour were recorded at the meeting with no votes rejecting the proposals and no abstentions. The proposal was therefore carried.

Anticholinergic evening – May 2015

Please find below the information & links from the educational meeting  “Anticholinergic Burden & The Importance of MURs in Identifying Issues for the LPC and/or LPF pharmacists in Lancashire”

We are grateful to Astellas for sponsoring this meeting.

Anticholinergic Burden – slides

Anticholinergic burden scale

EGM – Amending the LPC Constitution. February 2015

Community Pharmacy Lancashire held a special meeting of contractors Thursday 5th February 2015 to consider proposals for changes to the LPC constitution and vote on these changes.

Prior to the meeting, 114 postal votes accepting the changes had been received. There were no postal votes rejecting the changes. A further 49 votes in favour were recorded at the meeting with no votes rejecting the proposals. Therefore, in accordance with clause 19.5 of the constitution (Any amendment to the constitution must be carried by a two-thirds majority of the total votes cast), the amended constitution was formally adopted. It can be viewed in the governance section of the website – click here

Meet the Inspector. September 2014

Community Pharmacy Lancashire welcomed Stan Branwood to the Annual General Meeting. over one hundred pharmacists and their staff listened to a very informative presentation which can be viewed here

Prescription Pricing What Really Happens? May 2014

Eighty pharmacists and their staff listened to members of NHS Prescription Services (Prescription Pricing Team) explain the process and pitfalls of prescription pricing.

There was also a presentation from Harpreet Chana Head of Pricing at PSNC giving the latest update. Her presentation can be viewed here