The Roadmap to Advanced Practice


The RPS roadmap outlines career pathways for pharmacy professionals - the elements for progression of their professional careers that anticipate the changing landscape of the delivery of healthcare to address the needs and expectations of patients and the public.  The Roadmap describes not only career pathways for pharmacy professionals across Great Britain but also the support and development needs and the methods for assessment from day 1 as a student to the time of retirement from the profession.

We have has set out a direction of travel for the pharmacy workforce over the coming years that puts patients at the centre of all that it does, promotes active, compassionate pharmaceutical care and encourages all health professionals, services and organisations to work together.

The RPS Roadmap defines career pathways for pharmacy professionals that are nationally applicable and address the objective for patients and their families in Great Britain to have access to excellent pharmaceutical care from members of our profession.

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Development programmes

Judith Smith

Pre-Foundation programme

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.

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Tony Avery

Foundation programme

Foundation Programme, a professional development programme for members who are in their first 1000 days of practice, members returning to work after a career break, changing their scope of practice or practice environment, and those who are simply working steadily in their practice setting.

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Catherine Picton

Faculty programme

The RPS Faculty is our professional development and recognition programme. Being a Faculty member will allow you to demonstrate your professional achievements. You will be awarded post-nominals, signalling your stage of advanced practice to colleagues, peers, employers, patients and the public.

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Roadmap to Advanced Practice - Appendices