EDUCATION EXPERT ADVISORY GROUP

The Education Expert Advisory Group (Ed EAG) provides a source of expertise to the Boards of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) on issues of education and training to the profession and the public.

These issues include:

  • The pharmacy education agenda on the national and international stage
  • Workforce support and development across all sectors of the profession
  • Mechanisms for continued professional  education for pharmacy
  • Coherent professional responses to emergent policy across England, Scotland and Wales

More specifically:

  1. inform the RPS Boards (via the Professional Leadership Body Board) about educational issues relevant to the profession (usually in the form of thought leadership papers), horizon scan and provide specific advice on the development and implementation of policy about pharmacy education and training;
  2. undertake pieces of work commissioned by the RPS Boards (via the Professional Leadership Body Board);
  3. draw from the breadth of academic, clinical, industrial, community and regulatory settings; provide advice and consultation to Boards of the RPS (via the Professional Leadership Body Board) and inform standards, guidance and professional policy on emergent issues and consultations in pharmacy education to the pharmacy profession as a whole;
  4. convene work groups from the group (and additional expertise brought in when necessary) to deliver key pieces of work around priority issues e.g. thought leadership papers, consultation responses;  
  5. provide a wide range of perspectives and facilitate stakeholder engagement across sectors in Pharmacy Education; 
  6. assist the RPS Boards to influence external stakeholders (in and outside of profession) on development of pharmacy education policy;
  7. assist the RPS Boards to engage with external stakeholders within and outside the pharmacy profession nationally and internationally to ensure the  Advisory Group’s advice is well informed and as up to date as possible ensuring input from pharmaceutical scientists and practitioners.

The work of the Ed EAG is to:

  1. Draw on evidence to deliver thought leadership papers to the RPS Boards on matters affecting the education and training of pharmacists and the wider pharmacy workforce;
  2. Create coherent professional responses to consultations on emergent education and workforce policy across England, Scotland and Wales for the RPS Boards and assembly by involving national teams’ practice and policy leads.   Leadership for responses will be agreed on a case by case basis but will usually involve an accountable member of staff at RPS.  Please refer to the RPS’s procedure for Consultations;
  3. Advise the RPS on promoting educational excellence in pharmacy;
  4. Advise on mechanisms for continued professional education in pharmacy by working with the RPS’s Faculty Board.;
  5. Offer perspective to public relations and lobbying campaigns on matters of education and training for RPS;
  6. Facilitate the building of broad disciplinary and multidisciplinary expertise, and partnerships among specialists and generalists;
  7. Advise the RPS on promoting co-ordination of education and training among industry, voluntary or public sector organizations;
  8. Advise the RPS on promoting education-related research activity in order to be responsive to the needs of end users in higher education, business and industry;
  9. Communicate the work of the Ed EAG to internal and external stakeholders via the RPS.

Members of the Ed EAP are expected to conform to the RPS code of conduct for members of governance bodies as well as codes applicable to their respective disciplines and institutions. The RPS provides necessary training and support.

Member Specification:

  1. Is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert in education and training (nominees should be at the forefront of pharmacy education from all sectors).
  2. Has a high level of involvement in institutional roles and professional organisations.
  3. Has a high professional and academic standing and reputation.
  4. With a broad knowledge and expertise in a relevant area of pharmacy and / or medical education and/or multidisciplinary experience and expertise.
  5. Has a high level of organisational and administrative leadership skills.
  6. Has relevant experience in academia, NHS, industry, voluntary or public sector organisations.
  7. Has experience in coordinating training activity including an understanding of the needs of end users in higher education, business and industry.
  8. Experience representing organisations or profession in the media.