NHS CPCS Clinical Training

How confident are you in managing clinical conditions referred to you via the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service?

Throughout 2022, our programme of interactive two-part webinar courses will look at core clinical areas, to give you the skills to diagnose, intervene, and help patients directly.

Course #1 - Eye Care

May-June 2022


Sign up for our CPCS Clinical Training Course in ophthalmology, and you could potentially save someone’s sight.

The first course in our programme focuses on eye care, teaching you to recognise different conditions, recommend treatments, and knowing when to refer to other care providers.

With 80% of diagnoses made through history-taking, the course will give you a thorough grounding in observation and questioning skills, to assess patients with many different eye conditions.

Our training team includes an expert optometrist, specialist ophthalmic pharmacist, GPs and advanced primary care practitioners. They’ll teach you how to recognise different conditions, and spot more serious eye problems - or possible underlying conditions - to get the best possible outcomes for every patient.

You’ll learn the anatomy of the eye, different treatments for conditions, as well as when and how to signpost patients to other professionals.

Who are these courses for?

Our clinical training courses are funded by Health Education England for every community pharmacist in England who wants to do more to help their patients.

Could you do more if you knew more? Then this free course is for you!


When are sessions available?

There are two sessions per course - attend both to get the full benefit.

If possible, choose sessions a week apart, that way you'll be trained by the same expert teachers, alongside familiar colleagues.

Eye Care session 1:

  • Wednesday 11 May 2022, 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday 24 May 2022, 7pm-9pm
  • Sunday 12 June 2022, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Thursday 23 June 2022, 9.30am-11.30am

Eye Care session 2:

  • Wednesday 18 May 2022, 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday 31 May 2022, 7pm-9pm
  • Sunday 19 June 2022, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Thursday 30 June 2022, 9.30am-11.30am


Meet some of the tutors...

Dr Catherine Porter
Dr Catherine Porter

Job: Senior Lecturer in Optometry, University of Manchester

About: Dr Catherine Porter is a Senior Lecturer in Optometry at the University of Manchester, training undergraduate students in clinical optometry, and is the lead for Optometry Post Graduate Taught education. In 2018, she became an Independent Prescriber and still regularly works in optometric practice.

Lloyd Thomas
Lloyd Thomas

Job: Advanced Specialist Pharmacist in Ophthalmology, Oxford University Hospitals

About: I've been specialising in Ophthalmology for the past three years. I have to admit that prior to this my knowledge of managing eye conditions was lacking, and I know many other pharmacists feel the same. However, I have found that there are plenty of opportunities for pharmacists to be involved in eye care, and I hope that the CPCS Eye Care module will help community pharmacists feel much more comfortable when they encounter patients with eye conditions.

Future courses

Future courses within our CPCS Clinical Training Programme will cover:

  • Dermatology
  • Respiratory disease
  • Women’s health
  • Paediatrics
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills.
Watch this page for more details throughout 2022

Operational Training

How it works - NHS CPCS

Want to improve your understanding of how CPCS works and how best to support your patients?

Come and learn from our expert speakers - discover how you can successfully support the CPCS service in your pharmacy operationally, from receiving a referral to treating your patients.


Open to RPS Members and Non-Members.

"This was an excellent balance of group discussion, sharing best practice and interaction"

"Great facilitators made it relevant and therefore particularly useful.
I would certainly recommend CPCS to other pharmacists."

"I’m very grateful to all the clinical facilitators/hosts"

"They provided excellent live session training and sharing their wealth of professional experience in patient consultation cases. I will revisit and reflect further on my existing history taking skills, investigations and techniques for ongoing improvement."

"The facilitators were very good"

"They obviously valued pharmacy and pharmacists’ abilities as part of the community team."

"I thought it was all excellent"

"The best thing for me was getting input and feedback from the GP and practice nurse and paramedic."

"This was an excellent balance of group discussion, sharing best practice and interaction"

"Great facilitators made it relevant and therefore particularly useful. Would certainly recommend to other pharmacists."

Questions about our CPCS programme?

If you have any questions about any aspect of our CPCS training or about your sessions booking, our Events team can be reached at [email protected]

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Saving lives through consultation skills


Amul Mistry from Lees, saved a patient's life with his CPCS skills.

"As a community pharmacist, I felt that I already had good consultation skills.

"The training I received on consultation skills by the RPS [...]encouraged me to take time to listen to my patient and her concerns. Even though the patient did not display any of the classic symptoms of a MI, something was telling me that something was not quite right! "

Read the full story in his blog post - Saving lives through consultation skills