2014 Policy briefings

Care Homes Breifing, April 2014

This briefing, prepared for members of the All-Party Pharmacy Group, provides information on the role of pharmacists within care homes and issues around medicines safety and medicines waste. The briefing outlines the Royal Pharmaceutical Society position that a pharmacist should have overall responsibility for medicines in care homes.

 E-Cigarettes Position Statement, February 2014

The sale of e-cigarettes in pharmacies is becoming more prevalent posing an ethical dilemma for our members. This statement has been drafted after examining the currently available evidence on the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes andin light of current media and advertising campaigns by tobacco and e-cigarette manufacturers.

2013 Policy briefings

Falsified Medicines Policy, September 2013

This policy sets out the RPS view on falsified medicines and the European Directive associated with it. The Document also sets out an overarching strategy for the RPS for the next twelve months.

2012 Policy briefings

Assisted suicide policy, December 2012
This policy briefing seeks to provide information and a clear steer on the requirements of the pharmacy profession, to government policymakers, other professional bodies, health and social care colleagues, patients, the public and other key stakeholders in order to support pharmacist engagement.

2011 Policy briefings

Health and Social Care Bill (Second Reading), October 2011
This briefing, prepared for Peers participating in the Second Reading of the Bill, provides information on aspects of the legislation relating to clinical senates, NHS IT and Performers’ Lists. It emphasise the importance of service integration and multi-disciplinary patient care pathways.

Health and Social Care Bill (Performers Lists), July 2011
This briefing, prepared for Parliamentarians participating on the debate on the Bill, highlights our concerns with aspects of the Bill relating to the proposed introduction of lists of performers’ of pharmaceutical services and assistants.

Medicines Wastage, June 2011
Up to 50% of patients do not take their medications correctly. New NHS services create opportunities for pharmacists to help patients better understand their medicines and to identify any problems; improving health and wellbeing and reducing the significant cost to the NHS of wasted medicines.

Health and Social Care Bill (Committee Stage), March 2011
Developed for Parliamentarians scrutinising the Bill, this briefing recommends the adoption of a number of amendments to improve the legislation. The paper particularly focuses on the make-up of Health and Wellbeing Boards, duties of commissioning consortia and national accreditation.

Health Inequalities, February 2011
The pharmacy profession has always been at the forefront of efforts to improve public health. Its role must now be expanded to maximise its potential to deliver cost effective care to hard-to-reach groups in deprived communities.

2010 Policy briefings

Changing Face of Pharmacy, 2010
Pharmacy is undergoing enormous change as the clinical expertise of the profession is harnessed in new ways. This brochure was developed to inform Parliamentarians about these changes and the aspirations of the profession.

Manifesto for Pharmacy, April 2010
This Manifesto is the English Pharmacy Board’s contribution to the debate on the challenges facing the NHS and outlines how we believe these challenges should be met following the General Election. It explains how critical changes in policy can help support an expansion in the role of the pharmacist.

Patient Safety Briefing, March 2010
Pharmacists play a vital role in reducing the risks of errors in medicines prescribing and adherence. This briefing explains how, every day, in hospitals and in the community, pharmacists make thousands of interventions to improve medicines safety.