Scottish Pharmacy Board

The Scottish Pharmacy Board is made up of eleven elected representatives from across pharmacy. Its key role is to ensure members' interests are best represented, in Scotland, GB and at European levels, and direct the work of the RPS in Scotland.

It champions the role of pharmacy in Scottish healthcare at all levels and sectors, through its work with government, academia, the voluntary sector and other stakeholders.

"Right Medicine - Better Health - Fitter Future" is our manifesto for the 2016 election. We are calling for policy makers to resource and empower pharmacists to provide more patient care. It sets out recommendations to secure a greater clinical role for pharmacists, enable further integration into the NHS and to free up more of the pharmacists’ time to help them to provide more patient care. Recommendations include:

  • Giving community pharmacists electronic access to patient records (with patient consent) and providing greater access to electronic prescribing
  • Integration of pharmacists into emerging health hubs.
  • Positioning of pharmacists at the point of admission to hospital.
  • Integrating a dedicated pharmacist role into care homes and aligning one community pharmacy and one GP practice to each care home.
  • Implementing the recommendations in the recent out-of-hours report on the future contribution of community pharmacy.
  • Making health literacy an integral part of Curriculum for Excellence so that everyone gains an understanding of their health from a young age.
  • Supporting integration across primary and secondary care by implementing a single integrated vocational training programme for all newly qualified pharmacists.

If you would like learn more on how to engage your MSP or parliamentary candidate on these issues, please contact our Head of External Affairs, Susanne Cameron-Nielsen.

What we are working on

Pharmacy and SIGN Clinical Engagment Compact is a partnership agreement between the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) within Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland (RPS), and the pharmacists who support a range of SIGN activities. It is designed to highlight the benefits for the pharmacists and their organisations of working with RPS, SIGN and HIS in addition to facilitating a clearer understanding about what is expected of all parties. This will ensure meaningful and sustainable relationships within clinical communities to take forward improvements to patient care.

Pharmacists working in GP practices The Scottish Pharmacy Board agreed its position at its meeting 17 June 2015 and we have welcomed further funding for pharmacist independent prescriber working directly with GP practices announced by the Scottish Government 25 June 2015.

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 professions in Scotland.

RPS in Scotland and Prescription for Excellence

Dr. John McAnaw, Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board, represents the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland on the Scottish Government's Prescription for Excellence (PfE) Steering Board and Alex MacKinnon, Director for Scotland, is our representative on the PfE Reference Group.

Further information on the background to Prescription for Excellence along with presentations from the joint PfE conference held with NES in May 2015 can be found here.

Pharmacy's role in improving pharmaceutical care for older people

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has made a strong commitment to improving the pharmaceutical care of older people.

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.

In 2012 we published our report 'Improving pharmaceutical care in care Homes' 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.


Scottish National Seminar 2015

An account of our first national seminar, including presentations from key note speakers, is now available to members.

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