CPCS workshops with RPS & RCGP

More and more pharmacists across England are taking minor patient consultations for illnesses and conditions – a responsibility previously reserved for GPs.

Take your pharmacy practice to the next level and become a CPCS-ready pharmacist.


"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."

How do you ensure safety netting during a patient consultation?

All our CPCS workshops include a GP, as well as advanced practitioners, including nurses and pharmacists

During our workshops, you'll be learning in small groups with community pharmacists from across England. 

The workshops are facilitated by our amazing team of GPs, pharmacists and nurses, including Sally, Davina and Jennifer (see below...)

What - and who - to expect

Our CPCS workshops are run by friendly, experienced teams; they include a GP, a nurse and a pharmacist. They're all there to help make sure you know exactly what you're doing.

Meet some of our tutors...

Sally Sadasivam

Sally Sadasivam

Job: Remote GP

Location: Hull

"The workshops are a great opportunity to practice skills, gain confidence for your pharmacy consultations and to think about when and how to pass things on safely. It's also good fun and nice to meet other colleagues from across the country."

Davina Gadhia

Davina Gadhia

Job: GP senior clinical pharmacist, Prison pharmacist, NHS 111 pharmacist and teaching and training DPP

Location: Leicester

"The workshop allows pharmacists to upskill and practice skills such as history taking, consultation skills, examination skills and red flags. It's a safe space with opportunities to question the expert panel."

Jennifer Bishop

Jennifer Bishop

Job: Lecturer and Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Location: Worcester

"Promoting self-care for minor illness is important for the sustainability of the NHS. The course teaches pharmacists consultation skills and clinical advice, and develops their confidence to be able to provide this essential service and relieve pressures on the wider NHS."

About the workshops

  • Small learning groups to safely share questions and knowledge
  • Each interactive session works through real-life case studies
  • Learn professional techniques to spot red flags and run successful consultations
  • Get tips on how to make informed decisions and help your patients.

You'll be in good company - 7,000 pharmacists have already attended!

All sessions are delivered online, so you can join us from the comfort of your home, at times convenient to you - weekdays, evenings and Sundays.


How much does it cost?

Absolutely nothing, because it’s fully NHS-funded, your CPCS workshops are completely free.

About the CPCS sessions

How do I become CPCS-ready?

You need to attend TWO online CPCS sessions, each around two hours long.

When are the CPCS sessions run?

You choose when you want to attend: all sessions are delivered online, so you can join us from the comfort of your own home, at times convenient to you - weekdays, evenings and Sundays!

What do I have to do?

Both your CPCS sessions will be taught by experienced clinicians: pharmacists, nurses, and GPs. Across the two sessions you'll learn all the skills you need to manage referrals and consultations, practice your new skills, and be advised by GPs and other healthcare professionals.

What is taught in the workshops?

We'll teach you how to:

    • Perform clinical examinations
    • Identify red flags in consultations
    • Support clinical reasoning with evidence-based practice
    • Involve patients during decision-making
    • Conclude consultations with safety netting, signposting and referrals
    • Promote self-care and prevention measures
    • Complete accurate clinical records to support data sharing.


Pre-Workshop Learning

Once you've booked your two sessions look out for your confirmation email - it will also contain a list of key topics to read through which will support you on the course.

More learning opportunities

We run many more educational and training webinars for pharmacists.


Choose and book your CPCS sessions now

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]

Refund information and terms & conditions

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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