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a RPS building imageJanuary 8 2018

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is asking for views on a statement it has drawn up on the role of the pharmacist. It says that by “being clear about the role of the pharmacist, we hope to support the selection, education, training and professional development of pharmacists as well as plan the future pharmacy workforce.”

It is intended that the statement on the role of the pharmacist will become RPS policy and “evolve into a consensus statement that is supported by members of the profession, stakeholder organisations (including employers), patients and public.”

The statement is not intended as a full description on the scope of practice but a description of core attributes and abilities across all sectors. It has three sections discussing ‘the pharmacist’, ‘the role’, and ‘the core-attributes and abilities’. This latter section sets out five core aspects:

  • being person-centred;
  • being accessible to all patients as a source of advice and direction on health improvement and wellbeing;
  • delivering the optimal use of medicines and pharmaceutical care – pharmacists are the educator of health professionals, the public and patients on the safe and effective use or development of medicines;
  • educating and undertaking evidence-based practice, innovation and research – the leader in pharmaceutical innovation, research and development of medicines, and of the delivery of pharmaceutical services;
  • promoting safety – the patient’s safeguard in the research, design, manufacture and supply of quality assured medicines.

In launching the consultation, which runs for six weeks from January 8, the Society said: “In an environment of increasing public expectations, workforce pressures, significant scientific and technological advances, it is important for the pharmacy profession to define its aspirations as to the role of the pharmacist, now and in future.

“By defining the contribution of pharmacists not only to the healthcare team but more widely we can also reaffirm our commitment to patients and public.”

The document highlights that the pharmacy profession is varied with pharmacists having a diverse range of roles, not all of which are patient-facing. “Therefore, it is important from the outset to be clear about what core attributes and abilities that are unique to our profession.”

Link:
RPS announcement and link to consultation document  

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