Scottish Pharmacy Board
Prof John Cromarty was reaffirmed as Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board in July 2013. He responded by saying 'I am delighted to be re-elected as Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board as we further develop our collaborative working with doctors and patients to build on this solid foundation and, in particular, to improve the pharmaceutical care of older people in Scotland. To further this vital work a Collaborative has been formed which will explore ways to do this'.
Putting the patient at the heart of care is "The Scottish Pharmacy Board provides professional leadership and advocacy support for pharmacy practice in Scotland across all sectors. Our priorities are representing and supporting Scottish pharmacists in their day to day practice and contributing to the role of pharmacy in the future'.
This leadership commitment has been underlined in July 2013 with the launch of Improving patient outcomes-better use of multi-compartment compliance aids report and guidance. challenging the use of MCAs as a panacea, putting the needs of patients at the centre of decisions through robust holistic assessment. FAQs on the MCA Report can be found here.
The contents and recommendations of the recently launched Review of NHS Pharmaceutical Care of Patients in the Community in Scotland are warmly welcomed and it is the intention of the Scottish Pharmacy Board to continue its substantial programme of partnership working with patients, the public, the Scottish Government and other stakeholders to ensure that pharmacists play an even greater role in the care of Scotland’s patients.
How do we improve pharmaceutical care for older people?
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has made a strong commitment to improving the pharmaceutical care of older people.
In 2012 we published our report 'Improving pharmaceutical care in care Homes'.
This year we are looking to continue dialogue across the health and care community about the next steps we need to take.
In partnership with NHS Education for Scotland and the NHS Directors of Pharmacy for Scotland, the RPS jointly hosted a conference, on 20 June in Glasgow, that looked at improving pharmaceutical care for all older people. A Flash Report from the event can be found here.
To find out more about the work we're doing on improving pharmaceutical care for older people and the actions from the conference, please see our 'Improving pharmaceutical care for older people' news story.
What we are working on
- Working in partnership with GPs
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has developed a close working relationship with the Royal College of General Practicioners Scotland. In order to improve patient care we have developed our 'Breaking Down the Barriers' document that sets out the joint principles of both profesisons in Scotland and commits to an Action Plan that will be carried out over the following year.
- Improving pharmaceutical care in care homes
The report identifies priority care areas, such as reducing polypharmacy, antipsychotic and psychoactive medication and improving falls and hip fracture prevention. The report also calls for better sharing of best practice and empowering pharmacists and other frontline practitioners in care homes.
- Methadone campaign
Working with the Scottish Government and other partners to improve outcomes for drug misusers
- Control of Entry
Working with Scottish politicians to ensure that the voice of pharmacy is heard as new rules are drawn up to govern the application process for new NHS Community Pharmacy Contracts.
- Medicines Safety
Integrated working with government and key stakeholders to make the UK the safest place to take medicines.
- Medicine Distribution
Find out more about our work on medicine distribution.
- Hospital pharmacy workforce
Read about our investigation into the staffing issues in Scottish hospitals
- Workplace pressures survey
Read about the results of our recent workplace pressures survey.