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.

What we are working on

Manifesto for 2016 elections We are currently developing our manifesto for the Scottish Parliament elections in 2016. If members have any issues they would like considered, please email aileen.bryson@rpharms.com.

Scottish National Seminar We are delighted to host this event on 22-23 August in Stirling. The focus of the Seminar is 'Pharmacy working together to advance quality in practice' and more details are available on the seminar web page.

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 profesisons in Scotland.

RPS in Scotland and Prescription for Excellence

Background 

In September 2013 the Scottish Government published "Prescription for Excellence - A Vision and Action Plan for the right pharmaceutical care through integrated partnerships and innovation" (PfE).

PfE came on the back of Scottish Government consultation with stakeholders as part of the "Wilson-Barber Review" to which RPS in Scotland provided an extensive response following consultation with our members. 

The review report by Dr Hamish Wilson and Professor Nick Barber was published in August 2013.

RPS in Scotland involvement in PfE 

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

More information on the PfE governance arrangements and progress can be found on the Scottish Government's PfE web page.

RPS in Scotland joint PfE Conference with NES 

On 26 May 2015 we had the pleasure of co-hosting "Prescription for Excellence - Its happening now!" with NES.

A flash report is available from the day and further links to presentations and posters will be added in the near future.

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.