Funded clinical community pharmacy Postgraduate Certificate and modular CPD courses

We are aiming to improve the standard of clinical pharmacy practice in the community, so pharmacists can participate fully in the transformation of the NHS. For eligible pharmacists, the courses are fully funded by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

Watch case study videos here from pharmacists who've been studying with us.

Richard, Chief Officer Avon PLC and student  

Emily, community pharmacist and student

Kate, community pharmacist and student 

Ade, community pharmacist and student 

You can watch a webinar recorded on 26 September 2018 with Dr Adam Turner about this course.  

Studying with the University of Bath

You will develop improved clinical skills, broaden your knowledge and effectively apply these in your professional setting to deliver safer, patient-focused care. You'll be prepared for developing medicines optimisation roles, consolidating your expertise, keeping up-to-date with the latest drug developments.

Course features

  • Study at your own pace with minimal time away from work
  • Flexible work-based learning supported through user-friendly web-based learning resources, online discussion and face-to-face workshops
  • Excellent support and learner networks
  • Tailor your study to suit your role and professional interests
  • Help meet your CPD GPhC requirements and professional development in line with the RPS Faculty frameworks

Dates and deadlines for recommended Postgraduate Certificate study route (Bath and London)

Early application is essential as spaces on these funded courses will be limited.

You will need to attend the induction day, no more than five workshop days and the exam day. These take place at the University of Bath, in London or another venue/site listed. Multiple intake points and workshop locations are dependent on student numbers. Workshop dates are provisional. 

Future Postgraduate Certificate study route intakes 

September 2019

  • Induction: 3 September (Bath) or 2 September 2019 (London)
  • Workshop 1: 8 October (Bath) or 9 October 2019 (London) (Professional Skills for Medicines Optimisation)
  • Workshop 2: 26 November (Bath) or 27 November 2019 (London) (Evidence Based Pharmacy Practice)
  • Workshop 3: 26 February (Bath) or 27 February 2020 (London) (Managing Long Term Conditions 1)
  • Workshop 4: 23 April (Bath) or 21 April 2020 (London) (Managing Long Term Conditions 3)
  • Workshop 5: 25 June (Bath) or 23 June 2020 (London) (Managing Long Term Conditions 2)

Postgraduate Certificate typical study route

The recommended pathway for the Postgraduate Certificate course (60 credits) is:

2 core compulsory units:

Professional Skills for Medicines Optimisation, 12 credits (studied across the whole Certificate)

Topics: patient-centred care skills: effective communication and consultation, clinical skills for diagnosis and management, clinical lab investigations, audit of prescribing practice, structured medication review, systematic medicines reconciliation and optimisation, clinical IT systems, leadership, motivational interviewing, inter-professional and intra-professional working.

Evidence Based Pharmacy Practice, 12 credits (nine weeks)

Topics: evidence-based practice, answering medicines-related questions - the process, eliciting information, systematic searching of sources, evaluating information, preparing and providing an answer, critical appraisal

3 optional units:

These may be combined with the core units for the Postgraduate Certificate, or taken separately as stand-alone CPD units.

Providing Better Care for the Older Person, 12 credits (nine weeks)

Topics: dementia, OA, osteoporosis, frailty and falls, acute confusion, overactive bladder, orthostatic hypotension, ophthalmology.

Minor Ailments, 12 credits (nine weeks)

Topics: medicine deregulation, commissioning/self care, allergy, dermatology, respiratory, GI, GU, neurology, ENT, ophthalmology, paediatric minor illness, acute pain, musculoskeletal disorders. Please go to our minor ailments course page for more information.

Managing Polypharmacy and Multimorbidity, 12 credits (nine weeks)

Topics: polypharmacy and care homes, ADRs, high risk patients and drugs, de-prescribing, transfer of care.

Managing Long Term Conditions 1, 12 credits (nine weeks)

Topics: hypertension, AF, stroke/TIA and CKD. Managing Long Term Conditions 2, 12 credits (nine weeks) Topics: angina, MI, chronic heart failure, lipid modification, PAD, depression and LTCs.

Managing Long Term Conditions 3, 12 credits (nine weeks)

Topics: type 1 / 2 diabetes, obesity, asthma, COPD, hypothyroidism.

Public Health, 12 credits (nine weeks)

Topics: strategy, policy, health promotion, Pharmacy Contract and public health, sexual health, obesity, nutrition, CV, smoking cessation, substance misuse.

Quality Improvement Project, 12 credits (six weeks)

Topics: using tools in practice, patient pathways, overcoming delays to produce a well structured, work-related report. .

Find out more about the individual units (PDF).

See the unit delivery schedule for the programme (PDF).

Apply by: 3 weeks before start date

Funded places under the current Pharmacy Integration Fund HEE/NHS contract are available for courses starting before 31 March 2020.

Managing Long Term Conditions 3
10 June - 9 August 2019: workshop 27 June (Bath) or 25 June (London)

Managing Polypharmacy and Multimorbidity
10 June - 9 August 2019: workshop 10 July (Bath) or 9 July (London)

Quality Improvement Project – No workshops
10 June - 9 August 2019

Managing Long Term Conditions 1
2 September - 1 November 2019: workshop 23 Sept (Bath) or 24 Sept (London)

Minor Ailments
2 September - 1 November 2019: workshop 26 Sept (Bath) or 25 Sept (London)

Providing Better Care for the Older Person
4 November 2019 - 10 January 2020: workshop 14 Nov (Bath) or 20 Nov (London)

Managing Long Term Conditions 2
4 November 2019 - 10 January 2020: workshop 13 Nov (Bath) or 19 Nov (London)

Pharmaceutical Public Health - No workshops
4 November 2019 - 10 January 2020

Other pathways

You may be able to complete your Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing at Bath. Contact the Course Team for details.

How to apply

September 2019 start

Apply for the course starting in Bath in September 2019.

Apply for the course starting in London in September 2019.

The deadline to apply for the course starting in September is 2 August 2019.

Confirmation of employer support is needed, along with confirmation that you meet HEE funding criteria. Download the application guidance notes and all necessary forms and complete as directed:

Transfer of credit from other institutions is possible. ´╗┐Contact the Course Team for details.

Entry and English language requirements

  • You should normally be a graduate of a recognised university and be registered as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • You will need to be practising in a patient facing role for at least 15 hours a week (0.4 whole time equivalent days).
  • If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 7.5 overall with no less than 7.0 in all components.

Values Based Recruitment

We follow the NHS Values Based Recruitment Guidance. We strongly believe in the NHS values and will be looking for them in our applicants. For more information on NHS values, please read the NHS Constitution.


The course tuition fees are fully-funded by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

You will need to budget for travel and subsistence when attending the workshops.

Accredited CPD

You can enrol as a CPD participant completing a range of individual courses listed below. However, this would not lead to a Postgraduate academic award.

For more information

You can download a course information brochure for colleagues or your employer.

Get in contact

Tel: 01225 383206
Pharmacy Postgraduate Courses Team, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath BA2 7AY UK