Professional development


The Society recognises the importance of lifelong learning and we stand by our commitment to supporting our members' development throughout their pharmacy careers.

This dedicated section helps members keep informed of innovations and changes in the profession, by providing them with the resources they need to develop their skills and expertise. This section also provides support for members to plan, undertake and record CPD.

Our top 10 essential guides to professional development

1. Professional development for every stage of your career

This guide outlines the RPS professional development programme, including the Foundation Programme and the Faculty.

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2. Why is professional development important?

This guide examines the ongoing challenge of delivering high quality health and social care. It outlines the need to develop flexible yet robust systems for support, development and recognition of advancement in a constantly changing healthcare environment.

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3. Getting started with our career development programmes

A practical guide about how to get started with the RPS professional development programmes including Faculty, Foundation, as well as mentoring and other support that is available to you.

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4. Portfolio development and support

This guide explains how to build a Foundation or a Faculty portfolio, the frameworks underpinning these, practical guidance on portfolio data entry and how to monitor your progress. 

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5. Assessments: Principles and outcomes

This guide focuses on the Foundation and Faculty assessment processes, including detail around how the RPS ensures quality and consistency across all elements of assessment.

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6. CPD and CFtP

This section aims to provide detail on how the RPS supports your continuous improvement at all stages of your career and ensures you are fully supported for CPD as we move towards CFtP and Continuous Improvement.

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7. Guidance about assessors

This guide provides information about the role of Foundation and Faculty assessors.

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8. Our accrediation programme

This guide outlines the RPS accreditation programme – how and why we award a quality mark, our logo, to training and education programmes, materials, resources and events. 

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9. Our affiliated partners

The RPS works in partnership with other organisations to ensure the purpose and vision of the RPS is realised for the profession, patient care and public health. You can find out more about our affiliated partners in this guide. 

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10. How professional development links to your career

This resource will help you identify the most appropriate developmental framework, and ultimate and essential guides for your career aspirations.

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