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The RPS Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) is a framework for identifying and recognising the stage of practice. It is applicable to all sectors and nations. The Faculty core professional practice curricula consist of five clusters of generic competencies derived from the APF.
We've also provided a curriculum for each of the clusters. Each curriculum comprises of competencies mapped to the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF), and suggested examples of knowledge, skills, experiences and behaviours at the various levels of attainment.
Pharmacists working in all areas of healthcare, academia, industry or other areas do so with the aim of continuously improving standards of pharmaceutical care for patients. Pharmacists in all areas of practice are involved in delivering patient care whether directly, via a team, or indirectly if your role supports others via patients accessing a service or product, if you are involved in delivering educational programmes, research grants or all aspects of drug development.
Collaborative working relationships are an essential part of being a pharmacist: communicating effectively with patients and colleagues.
Leadership is essential for pharmacists working at advanced stages of practice in developing services that improve quality and outcomes.
Management skills are essential for pharmacists working at advanced stages of practice. As pharmacists progress through their careers, it is inevitable that management skills need to be developed further as more experienced roles will include organising and delivering service objectives in a timely fashion including managing others.
Education, training and development skills are essential to enable the workforce (and future workforce) to develop in the best ways possible, and improve the quality of services and outcomes for patients and service users. As pharmacists progress through their careers, it is inevitable that these skills will need to be developed further as more experienced roles will involve greater responsibility for supporting others.
Research and evaluation skills are essential for pharmacists working at advanced stages, developing enquiry-driven services that improve quality and outcomes.