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.

Pharmacy Quality Roadshows 2016/17

The Pharmacy Quality Roadshows are a collaboration between key strategic bodies within Scotland who have a common aim of driving improvement in the quality of pharmacy services and practice in response to the Rebalancing Programme. 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has committed with the Department of Health (DH) and the Scottish Government to raise awareness of the Rebalancing of Pharmacy Legislation (providing a defence against inadvertent dispensing errors) and to support the changes in pharmacy practice and culture required. The work will be framed within the broader NHS Scotland policy commitment to drive improvement in the quality and safety of patient care. 

To take this forward RPS in Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland (NES), Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) and the ALLIANCE are working collaboratively with the Directors of Pharmacy. The collaborative has developed Pharmacy Quality Roadshow that includes a strategic presentation and a workshop that can be delivered by each NHS Board from November 2016 to May 2017. There will be an opportunity to repeat or follow up this workshop via NES and RPS local events. 

Strategic aim of the project

The aim of the Quality Roadshow workshops is to:

  • highlight national drivers for change
  • improve patient safety by encouraging a safety culture
  • drive quality improvement approach to increase reporting, learning, sharing and action by pharmacy teams to reduce or prevent dispensing errors

Upcoming Quality Roadshows  

You can find out more about the upcoming events in your area by checking the NES website and the information distributed by your local NHS Board. 


All Quality Roadshow events’ resources will be made available here in due course.

"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.

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.

Professionalism in Practice for pre-registration trainees

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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