Training & development


Community pharmacy is changing and in the future pharmacists’ medical expertise will be crucial in delivering NHS England’s Long-Term Plan.  All pharmacy team members will have opportunities to update their skills to help them provide the services the NHS needs.

A number of national (and local) organisations develop and design learning resources and campaigns for pharmacy professionals at all stages of their career to help improve performance, boost productivity and keep community pharmacists, and their staff teams, abreast of industry developments as they happen.

Your LPCs (and PSNC) also deliver practical, up-to-the-minute learning on topical issues that can be applied straight away, usually by webinar. See our ‘events’.

The following sections will be refreshed often so keep checking back regularly


Training by provider

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Primary & community care training hubs

A training hub brings together education and training in primary and community care within an area to deliver the primary care workforce training and education ambition of the Long Term Plan. 

By March 2020 training hubs will achieved a level of maturity to support their ICSs/STPs/PCNs with their priority workforce areas. Surrey and Sussex has five training hubs, which the LPCs contribute to:  

Coastal Education and Workforce Hub (CEWH) | East Sussex Learning Together | Mid Downs Training Hub | Surrey Training Hub | Brighton & Hove Training Hub 


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Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE)

CPPEs purpose is to help you fulfil your potential and they offer a range of creative learning opportunities to do just that. Training opportunities include training for services provision, which may be linked in with other information about service delivery such as health checks or sexual health services or NHS priorities.

CPPE offer a number of training types: distance learning  | e-assessments  | e-courses  | e-learninge- workshops  |  focal point workshops  | learn-on-the-go  | workshops  | optimise


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Health Education England (HEE)

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England.

Working across the south east, they ensure that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place. Read more


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Pharmacy integration fund (PhIF)

The Pharmacy Integration Fund – set aside by the government in 2016 is to be invested over five years to transform how pharmacy will operate in the NHS.


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Organised by Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex (on behalf of the LPCs)

Watch-on-demand.

    • TCAMTraining webinar for Community Pharmacists (March 2019) –  Duration 22 minutes:
      • Benefits of TCAM and why it is important (scroll to: 12 minutes 23 seconds)
      • How to link TCAM to existing services such as MUR and NMS (scroll to: 13 minutes, 30 seconds)
      • What will TCAM mean for your community pharmacy (scroll to: 16 minutes, 7 seconds)
      • What you need to do to get your community pharmacy TCAM ready (scroll to: 20 minutes 47 seconds)
      • Who to contact if you need more information or training (scroll to: 22 minutes 15 seconds)
    • Area managers: laying the foundations for a long and mutually beneficial and productive relationship between the LPC and pharmacy area managers, AND at the same time doing our bit to help make their complex role a wee bit easier. Wednesday 13 November 2019 (60 minutes). View on-demand

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Training by topic

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NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next pharmacy quality scheme (PQS) deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, CPPE have a section on their website with topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. The section will also support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready. 

Antimicrobial resistanceCare homes | Child health | Consultation skills (foundation) |  Consultation skills (advanced) |  Digital Minor Illness Referral Service | Education |  General practiceLeadership |  Learning disabilities| ManagementMedication review | Medicines reconciliation | New medicines service |  Older people | Patient safety |  Pharmacy technicians |  Prescribing | Prisons |Repeat dispensing |  Return to practiceRevalidation |  Safeguarding |  Sepsis | Summary Care Records |  Transfer of care |  Urgent care

    • CPPE also has a range of training resources which you might like to use to continue to prepare for Community Pharmacy Consultation Service, including a self-assessment framework which will help you identify gaps in your knowledge. We recommend that all pharmacists use this framework to plan their learning ahead of providing CPCS.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as public health workshops, pharmacies should use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.


Continued professional development

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Learning pathways for pharmacists at different stages in their career

Pharmacy technicians

This section is under construction please contact us at lpc@communitypharmacyss.co.uk if you need information about this topic


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