RPS Professional Support Service

If you have a pharmacy practice query you should contact the
RPS Professional Support Service on
0845 257 2570
email: support@rpharms.com,
or complete a webform.

Recently qualified pharmacists

The first three years of practice as a registered pharmacist are crucial to your development and the direction of your career; at the RPS we provide you with the career support, professional recognition, guidance and resources you need to get your career off to the best start. 

Pharmacy resources and news Professional recognition
Career support Support and guidance

Pharmacy resources and news

•   Medicines, Ethics and Practice Guide (MEP)

The Medicines, Ethics & Practice guide is an invaluable reference guide to pharmacy practice, in terms of legal and ethical issues and best practice pointers.

•   Quick reference guides and professional support bulletins

 You can download a range of quick reference guides and professional support bulletins are published every month helping you to feek confident to practice responsibly and successfully whilst building your knowledge.

 •   Support alerts

 You can choose to receive regular support alerts about drug and device recalls, patient safety notices, health professional letters and other important communications concerning patient safety.

•   Pharmaceutical Journal

 You will receive a weekly copy of the Pharmaceutical Journal, which can also be accessed online. It is great resource to keep you up to date on pharmacy issues and includes a section to support your CPD.

 •   Clinical Pharmacist

 The Clinical Pharmacist journal focuses on the clinical management of various diseases, clinical pharmacy practice and the work of pharmacists in high-level clinical roles.  

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Professional recognition

Membership of your professional body is desired by a growing number of employers and signals to them that you are keeping up-to-date on the latest pharmacy issues.

Upgrading your membership demonstrates that you are a dedicated to your professional development both for yourself and for those people who are affected by your work; it shows that you are a trustworthy, reliable and committed expert in your field.

Full members demonstrate their commitment to achieving the highest standards by putting the society letters after their name i.e. MRPharmS.

•   Foundation Pharmacy Framework

The Foundation Pharmacy Framework is a framework for professional development in pharmacy at foundation practice. New in 2014, our Foundation Pharmacy Framework will support you to achieve professional skills and behaviours that will enable you to keep up-to-date and continue to advance your practice.

•   Leadership Competency Framework

The leadership framework applies to all pharmacy professionals at every stage of their career, providing you with resources to help you acquire the leadership competence required to meet specific pharmacy based challenges.

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Career support

We can provide information and advice on changing pharmacy sectors or embarking on a new role. We also offer guidance on developing your CV as well as support applying for new jobs and preparing for interviews.

Changing sector

RPS case studies on changing sector including members’ experiences, good and bad, as they embarked on new roles in new sectors

Pharmaceutical Journal article on moving from community to hospital.

Locum work

If you are starting a new role as a locum pharmacist in the community sector, then read our Working as a locum pharmacist in community quick reference guide for some helpful advice and tips. You can also find out more about locum work from our handy infographic.

Visit PJ Careers to view current pharmacy vacancies, and tips on writing CVs, applying for jobs & preparing for interviews.

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Support and guidance

•   RPS Support Helpline

 The RPS Support advice line is a team of experienced pharmacists and advisors who are available to provide you with confidential advice and support on day-to-day pharmacy issues.

•   Mentoring service

As a member, you can register on our mentoring service database as a mentor to help others or as a mentee to access mentoring support from other members.

•   Networks and Local Practice Forums (LPF)

RPS networks, local groups and events give you access to the ultimate professional network.

•   Support resources

Professional support tools and practice guidance to help you in your day-to-day work.

•   Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Support

We can help you to develop good practice from day one and work to ensure you keep up to date with the latest developments in pharmacy, deliver an optimal service to patients and the public and meet the requirements of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

•   Webinars

We host a number of webinars which are a great way to learn at a time that suits you and in addition to live webinars, recordings of previous sessions are also available.

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How do I upgrade my membership?

Upgrading your membership

If you are an Associate member and would like to start receiving the benefits full membership offers,
you can upgrade direct from your dashboard or by calling the Membership Team on 020 7572 2737.


"I must say I’m thankful to RPS, as a newly qualified I find a lot of assistance and help on the website and it kept me informed on current guidance & topics. I enjoy it a lot. Great work."

- Faiza Usama MRPharmS