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rps vision for workforceSeptember 23 2015

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has set out how it sees the direction of travel for the pharmacy workforce.

With its aspiration that “all patients in Great Britain have access to excellent pharmaceutical care from members of our profession,” the document sets out high level principles and aspirations for the profession. The document also considers the pre and post -qualification education and training of pharmacists.

This is the first time the RPS has set out its views on the pharmacy workforce in this way. It looks at how the RPS has been developing its interests in this area since 2010 when its regulatory function transferred to the general Pharmaceutical Council, freeing up the Society to lobby more actively for the profession.

“The RPS is committed to supporting the achievement of the vision for the pharmacy workforce and will therefore identify annual priorities for professional development, support and recognition,” it says. “Comments and views on the vision are welcome as the RPS is planning to continually develop the vision to meet the changing needs of the population and healthcare systems.”

There should be a “needs-based, outcomes-focused approach to professional pharmacy education and training” during student and pre-qualification years. In addition, “education and training in practice environment placements should reflect the best evidence and experience for an excellent education, including workplace education models and work-based learning systems.”

With regards to the pharmacy workforce, the RPS says all patients with a medicine-related health issue should have access to the best pharmaceutical care through a pharmacist as a first contact in the healthcare system.

It also wants to see more pharmacists in patient-centred roles as independent prescribers, saying that “pharmacists will be integral to supporting patients all stages of a clinical care pathway involving medicines.”

Recognition of pharmacists’ skills and abilities will mean that patients, GPs, local authorities, care homes, and hospital wards “will be able to name their primary pharmaceutical care giving pharmacist.”

Introducing the document, RPS president Ash Soni, along with the chairs of the RPS‘s three national boards, said: “Transformation of the pharmacy workforce will, we believe, be an essential component of developing excellent healthcare. Pharmacists - some in existing roles, some in new roles - will be ensuring the optimal use of medicines for patients who are, as a result, empowered and informed.

“Achieving this vision will require strong leadership from us all. A truly integrated pharmacy workforce will require much planning and relationships built at a personal level across all care pathways. We begin this journey by sharing our vision for the development of our profession.”

Links:

RPS Transforming the Pharmacy Workforce vision           

‘Transforming the Pharmacy Workforce in Great Britain: The RPS Vision’ document                

RPS TtPW vision FAQs   

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