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Learning communities an ideal way to do CPD

From Miss D. V. Taylor, MRPharmS

I was interested to read the News item “Pharmacists in Scotland to try out small group learning” (PJ, 10/17 August 2013, p131) and thought readers in England might be interested in the equivalent available from the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

CPPE learning communities have been developing for some time and there are currently 110 active communities in England. The structure of each community is entirely up to the members. Typically, a group of four to 20 pharmacists, preregistration trainees or pharmacy technicians meet to work through CPPE materials together.

Our “Focal point” (community and primary care focus), “learning@lunch” (hospital focus), “Supporting pharmacist prescribers” and “developing pharmacy leadership” materials are designed with learning communities in mind. All materials are available free from CPPE. For more information visit

Reduced NHS funding means fewer opportunities for pharmacy training events, so learning communities are an ideal way to keep up to date with continuing professional development. Learning communities work well in rural areas, within individual hospital pharmacy departments and in community pharmacy, among others.

Diana Taylor

CPPE tutor, Yorkshire Region and Learning Community Lead

Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11124574

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