Newly Qualified Pharmacist Training Pathway (NQP) and CPD

If you are a newly qualified pharmacist or a pharmacist looking to develop skills, changing scope or stepping up in your role, the Newly Qualified Pharmacist Training Pathway (NQP) and CPD can provide access to funded CPD accredited modules provided by at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and funded by Health Education England (HEE) by March 2023.


This programme is designed to provide crucial early career training to pharmacists newly qualified and working in clinical roles with supervision.

It also provides modular CPD to enhance development in a range of patient-facing and non-patient facing areas, targeting pharmacists changing scope, returning from career breaks or stepping up in role.

This is a flexible programme with elements of choice that means it can be structured to precisely match your learning needs, in any sector, at your pace.

  1. You may be interested in studying for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (NQP) with the RPS Post-registration Foundation Credential to mark the completion of your basic clinical training, in which case you’ll be studying for at least two years OR
  2. You may be interested in discrete modules to support your continuing professional development and can also apply on a ‘per-module’ basis.

Students wishing to study the NQP pathway will also be eligible for the RPS Post registration Foundation Credential assessment.  Students studying for CPD will be able to accrue their credit and use it towards an award in the future, if they choose to.

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NQ Pharmacist Training Programme Flyer

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Modules available

  • Foundation Clinical Skills
  • Foundation Consultation Skills
  • Clinical Education
  • Management and Leadership
  • Research
  • Patient Safety
  • Therapeutics for Mental Health
  • Respiratory Disease (Asthma & COPD)
  • Infectious Disease and Antimicrobials
  • Care of the Older Patient
  • Care of the Surgical Patient
  • Management of Cardiovascular Disease

Three advanced practice modules are available and these are designed for pharmacists in the second year of the NQP programme, pharmacists who are looking to make moves into the clinical specialism as an advanced pharmacist or pharmacists changing discipline/returning from career breaks

  • Renal Disease and Pharmacotherapy
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Hepatology and Public Health

Each module last 3 months and consists of an e- learning package, a facilitated contact day run by an expert in the field and an assessment. The credit value for each module is 10 credits that can be used towards PG Diploma.

For more details on module content please download the Course prospectus 22/23 below:

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NQP Course Prospectus 2023

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See NQP Timetable 22/23 download below:

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NQP Full Timetable 2022-23

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Process to secure funding:


Criteria for Funding:

The cost of the modules is circa £1000 each but there is funding available. Funding is time limited and needs to be utilised by March 2023, therefore there is a cap of up to 2 modules per individual.

To be eligible to attend a funded course, programme of study or to be allocated funding, individual learners must:

  • Be employed by a Cambridgeshire or Peterborough General Practice
  • Ensure the course aligns with the needs of the Practice / Primary Care Network (PCN) and is relevant to their role
  • Have approval of their line manager to attend the education or training

CP Training Hub try to fund all education and training where it is clearly relevant to the individual learners role.



Individual learners take responsibility for:

  • Actively participating in the Performance Appraisal process and taking responsibility for their own development, including CPD for ongoing professional registration.
  • Engage with their line manager and the Training Hub in accessing appropriate learning and development opportunities.
  • Where a learner is supported to undertake a professional qualification, or an expensive short programme, he/she is expected to sign an undertaking (a learning contract) to complete the course of study and to remain within the employment of a Cambridgeshire or Peterborough General Practice during the course of study. Failure to meet these commitments, will result in the employee being requested to repay the financial costs of the programme.  Exceptions may be made in exceptional circumstances, e.g. ill health.