What we're working on
As an organisation we work to support the development and future of the profession, as well as promote the work that pharmacists do so that it is understood by governments, other healthcare professionals and the general public. Read on to find out more about our current priorities.
Supporting access to pharmacy and medicines out of hours
Pharmacy services operate throughout the year, including evenings, weekends and bank holiday periods. There are a range of out-of-hours service providers and pharmacy has an important role, working in collaboration and liaising with the relevant NHS team, to ensure ongoing access to medicines and advice. Our support resources aim to help RPS members access the support they need, including out-of-hours.
Professional Standards for optimising medicines for people in secure environments
The NHS England Immigration Removal Centres Medicine Improvement Programme Working Group developed new professional standards for optimising medicines for people in secure environments; including immigration removal centres, prisons and other places of residential detention.
A Pre-foundation programme is being developed to enhance and further support what students are required to already participate in during their Higher Education Institution (HEI) studies and alongside the GPhC requirements, to complement and align, much in the same way that the Foundation Programme runs for post registration pharmacists.
Safe and secure handling of medicines: A team approach
We're currently reviewing and updating our Safe and secure handling of medicines guidance, originally published in 2005. Learn more about the how we will update this guidance and how you can get involved.
Community pharmacy reforms
In December 2015, it was announced that there would be a 6% cut to community pharmacy funding through the contractual pharmacy framework. Learn more about the community pharmacy reforms and the work we've been doing in our dedicated section. You can also find out more about what you can do and how we can help.
Shaping pharmacy for the future (Now or Never)
The Now or Never report looks at how pharmacists are providing easy access to medicines, advice, review and care; better self-management of long-term conditions; better health through support to make lifestyle changes, and services which are integrated with other health professionals- so care is seamless, and it recommends ways to make these services more widespread.
New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines
(Promoting pharmaceutical science)
We've recently launched our guide to the science underpinning pharmaceutical practice to promote pharmaceutical science and scientists to a wider audience. This document highlights the important roles played by pharmaceutical scientists in developing medicines and the challenges they face in doing so.
Your Care, Your Medicines
Your Care, Your Medicines: Pharmacy at the heart of patient-centred care presents a vision for pharmacy in Wales. It's the result of work led by the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee, the committee responsible for advising the Welsh Government on pharmacy issues.
Pharmacy workforce issues
Following the announcement by the Government in December 2012 that student numbers entering MPharm programmes in England should be restricted in future and matched to the provision of NHS-funded training placements, the Society has formulated a response with the objective of identifying and evaluating options for the control of the number of pharmacists entering the GPhC register.
Access to information (Information management & technology)
Information technology underpins and supports the delivery of pharmacy services across all sectors of pharmacy. Providing a robust electronic evidence base of the valuable and important role that pharmacists play in the care of patients is vitally important for the development and promotion of new clinical roles for pharmacists in the future.