by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS

Earlier this month, the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE), released an app for Apple Iphone and Google Android devices. Since I hate to miss a trick, I decided to put the app to the bookapharmacist test across both platforms.

Are there differences between the Iphone and Android application?

That is simple. The answer is NONE. The application works in exactly the same way across both platforms.

In the absence of differences in application, I will use the images from the two devices interchangeably.

What do you get?

You get the customary ‘About CPPE‘ page which informs us that CPPE is ‘a not-for-profit organisation, offering continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities’ and that it is ‘funded by the Department of Health to provide CPD opportunities to all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians providing NHS services in England’.

You all get the ‘CPPE news‘ menu which provides up to date information about training available at CPPE. When I tested this I found information on ‘Interprofessional learning for pharmacists and GPs‘ (I like that!!); ‘Pharmacy technicians’ learning club events‘. You will also find information on Pharmacy Higher Education Institution (HEI) courses. You will also find information about Pharmacist Prescriber Conference and a host of other useful information.

‘My CPPE record‘ is where I can access my CPPE records. I just have to login with my GPhC number and CPPE password. If you are not registered, I think you should.

The e-challenge” is the most important part of this app. It provides ‘regular quiz on what is new and happening in pharmacy, medicines and the NHS’. So I decided to take the e-challenge issue 13 test.

I didn’t do too well. Scored 4 out of 9. However, I was not disheartened because it signposted me to some key news items I have missed in the week.

I promise to take this quiz more regularly from now onwards. I can even tweet about it regularly. The ‘Share and Engage’ section offers other social tools for connecting with CPPE: Facebook, Twitter and via CPPE blog.

The CPPE Videos on YouTube are arranged intuitively into Public Health, New Medicines Service, ‘How to’ videos, Preregistration training and Technicians.

So there you have: Another great app that challenges the pharmacist. My verdict? Easy to use, Challenging and Fun.

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