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PBSGL for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

What is Practice-Based Small Group Learning (PBSGL)?

PBSGL is a method of maintaining your CPD and closing the gap between current practice and "best practice" through small group learning. The initiative started in Canada, for family physicians (GPs), in 1986. It has gradually spread to Scotland and now involves groups of GPs, practice nurses and, since 2011, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. 

To learn more visit the NES CPD Connect PBSGL page and you can hear the views of current members here or by clicking on the images below.

 Robyn 's Experience  Kirsten Mc Culloch PBSGL Case Study Final  Jane Rodgers PBSGL Case Study Final

PBSGL Sponsorship

Anyone wishing to take part in Practice-Based Small Group Learning (PBSGL) should apply by completing this form. If you are a registered pharmacist or pharmacy technician who practises in Scotland, then you will be able receive sponsorship from NES Pharmacy (budget dependent).

These PBSGL groups will meet independently of NES and will organise sessions wherever and whenever the group decide. PBSGL members will be able to access learning modules from the PBSGL website (using a password) to discuss at these events. PBSGL groups can be either pharmacy-only or multi-professional.

If receiving NES sponsorship we request that you attend at least three PBSGL meetings during the 12-month funding period.  In addition, please note that NES does not support the use of pharmaceutical industry `sponsorship` of any kind at pharmacy PBSGL meetings. 

Please note each PBSGL group must have a trained PBSGL facilitator and a one-day training course is available from NES, free of charge. There may also be a trained facilitator already in your area.


For further information, please visit the PBSGL website or contact Fiona Stewart (, Val Findlay ( or Leon Zlotos ( )