Learning and Development

Please see a list of useful learning resources and free tools below for your own professional development.

Virtual Outcomes
Clinical Examination Skills Training
Blackburn with Darwen Specific Training
Cervical Cancer Screening Campaign – Week Commencing 19/06/23 Only
FUNDING & SUPPORT for EOI PTPT training – EOI deadline 17th September 2023

Virtual Outcomes – Free Virtual Training For All Community Pharmacy Contractors

Virtual Outcomes have provided a Lateral Flow Device Training module.  This short (8 min) module takes the pharmacies through how to register, deliver and claim for the service. Click here for more information

The next Virtual Outcomes free training module is now LIVE. It is an overview of the menopause and how the Community Pharmacy teams can provide the best support and advice to women visiting your pharmacy. Click here for more information.

A new course has been launched on adrenaline auto-injectors. This course is designed to give the whole pharmacy team a great overview of the topic along with getting the pharmacist / tech up to speed about anaphylaxis ahead of the NHS flu vaccination season. Click here for more information.

The details of the PQS course have recently been launched.  This is to coincide with the opening of the aspiration window for pharmacies wishing to take part in PQS 23/24. Please click here for further details.

Virtual Outcomes have released a short module on the flu vaccination service for 23/24. For further details, please click here.


For the Spring CPPE Newsletter, please click here

Self- directed personal development for current service related topics:


Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician programme:

From 1st August limited funded places will be available for the CPPE Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme. This 3-12 month training and development programme offers a blended approach to learning that includes resources for self-directed study, e-learning and practice-based activities. Following comprehensive assessment, you will be able to use this learning to support optimisation of skills in the dispensary.

Keep a look out on the Accuracy checking pharmacy technician webpage for updates about the funded places and more information about the programme: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/acpt#navTop


Leading for Change programme:

The Autumn cohorts for the CPPE Leading for change programme are now OPEN for applications. This 6 month leadership programme is open to all registered pharmacy professionals who are in patient facing roles and/or who provide NHS services in England who have responsibility for leading a team or leading services within their organisation.

This includes pharmacists, pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy, armed forces, health and justice as well as those in primary and secondary care.

Each of the four modules is supported by a compulsory half-day online interactive workshop, online discussion forums (with compulsory contribution elements) and optional networking Zoom Room sessions to enable you to put your learning into practice and to allow you to network with fellow course participants. You will be supported by a CPPE tutor and your workplace mentor and at the end of the programme you are required to submit an assignment to demonstrate how you have used your leadership skills over the course of the six months.

You will find everything you need to apply, including dates for the next cohorts here: Leading for change : CPPE


Consultation skills:

Book your place to join CPPE and your colleagues from all sectors of pharmacy for the North West Confidence in Consultation Skills full day learning event on Monday 25th September at Hough End, Chorlton, Manchester. https://www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/e/consultconf-w-04

This workshop is particularly useful for those starting to conduct patient consultations and will support you in developing the key consultation skills needed to ensure you are confident in delivering high-quality person-centred consultations.


Preparing to train as an independent prescriber:

This new programme is open to pharmacists from all sectors of practice, including community pharmacists who are planning to commence their independent prescriber training with a Higher Education Institute (HEI). This is a fully funded course that helps pharmacists develop the skills and confidence to get ready and best prepare for independent prescriber training. The first cohort will start on 12th September. To find out more and book you place visit: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/preparingtotrainip



CPPE offers e-learning to improve the pharmacy team’s knowledge of influenza and their skills in delivering an integrated, patient-centred flu vaccination service: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/influenza-e-01 and e-assessments on developing your service https://www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l?t=InfluenzaPt1-A-08&evid=56775 and extending your service https://www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l?t=InfluenzaPt2-A-10&evid=56776





Longer term learning programmes to develop the workforce and support skill mix:

Clinical Examination Skills Training

Health Education England have developed a Community Pharmacy Training Page on their website to make it easier for you to find out about NHS funded training offers for community pharmacy professionals. To view the website, please click here

Health Education England are pleased to announce new, fully funded, NHS clinical examination skills training for community pharmacists.

This new offer will build on community pharmacists’ existing clinical examination and consultation skills – to assess, treat and manage common health problems.

10,000 module places will be available until March 2024.

Sign up now for Clinical examination skills training, which will be delivered by CliniSkills.

About the training: Following completion of a pre-required, online gateway module on history taking and identification of serious conditions, pharmacists can choose their preferred journey through four optional modules, based on professional interests. These 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 pharmacists who would find this beneficial. Pharmacists can complete the training at a pace and time of their choice. Face-to-face workshops will be scheduled to accommodate pharmacist working patterns.

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

Who is eligible: This offer is available to community pharmacists, including part time staff and locums working in community pharmacy.

 Further information

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

To find out more about the Pharmacy Integration Programme, visit the Health Education England website.

Help spread the word

To help reach more professionals, ensuring that everyone can access courses to enhance their skills and meet the needs of patients, by sharing on social media:



Short news items are also attached for use via your own channels.

For any further enquiries, please contact cest@cliniskills.com


Blackburn with Darwen Specific Training

Public Health are pleased to announce a new round of FREE oral health training sessions for the workforce working with our vulnerable adults – called Live Well oral health. The course is just 2 hours long and is CPD accredited. There are 20 places per session.

It will take place at Hancock Street children’s centre. There is a choice of a morning or an afternoon session on the same day – Friday 17th November.

20 places per session

Public Health’s Eventbrite page

Click here for further details






Cervical Cancer Campaign – Week Commencing 19/06/23 Only

This week is national Cervical Screening Week. Public Health is supporting the campaign and request the following posters to be cascaded across pharmacies. Please see below for further details:

Cervical Cancer Awareness – Key Messages
Smear Test Saves Lives
Let’s Talk Campaign
Having a Smear Test
Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

FUNDING & SUPPORT for EOI PTPT training – EOI deadline 17th September 2023

CPLSC has also gained support from Lead Pharmacy Technicians at the School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation
Catherine and Jane are available to support those community pharmacies who wish to submit a bid for a trainee pharmacy technician in terms of writing their bids, answering any questions they may have about the bid process, the designated supervisor or anything around the two-year training of the technician.  The candidate can already be a member of the pharmacy team.
They can be contacted by email – catherine.forber@nhs.net or jane.astley@nhs.net.

Following the recent webinars to employers, NHS England Workforce, Training and Education (WT&E) directorate are offering funding to support the training of pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians (PTPTs) on a multi-sector training programme or in a community pharmacy placement.

Please click the links below for the Pharmacy Technician Workforce Expansion Guidance which outlines the minimum requirements employers must meet to be eligible to receive funding, and details how to complete your Expression of Interest online form.
NW comms for PTPT expansion programme with EOI and employer guidance
PT Workforce Expansion Guidance 2023 FINAL 
PT Workforce Expansion Webinar Cohort 5 2023-24v1

£46,099 will be available per PTPT over the 2-year apprenticeship training period. This funding is intended to contribute to the cost of developing and running a two-year programme and may be used to contribute towards the cost of salary, educational supervision, or establishing educational infrastructure.
Funding will be available to support the training of PTPTs through various models:
·       MULTI SECTOR bids (e.g. 2 or more organisations forming a partnership where the trainee/s will rotate)
·       COMMUNITY PHARMACY bids (e.g. individual community pharmacy employers)

Application Process
Application for funding is through an EOI submitted via an online application form. Only applications submitted via the online form will be considered. The application window for the Northwest region is 7th August 2023 to 17th September 2023.
An application template has been provided in the employer guidance and it is advised this is completed (with partners for cross-sectors bids) and saved so information can be copied and pasted into the online form. This copy can then be referred to if the evaluation panel seeks clarification during evaluation of bids.

Applications must be received via the online form by 17th September 2023. Successful applicants will be informed w/c 2nd October 2023