Press Release

New consultant pharmacist credentialing

We have launched consultant pharmacist credentialing to allow advanced-level practitioners to demonstrate they have the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience required to apply for approved consultant pharmacist posts. 

The programme’s curriculum sets out the knowledge, skills, behaviours and performance levels expected in five areas:

  • Professional practice
  • Communication and collaborative working
  • Leadership and management
  • Education
  • Research

Pharmacists can work towards the curriculum outcomes by compiling an electronic portfolio to demonstrate their learning in collaboration with a professional coach and expert mentors. This forms the basis of the assessment, which is carried out by an expert committee.

Once approved, the practitioner is credentialed as ‘consultant-ready’ and is eligible to take up approved consultant pharmacist posts.

RPS Director of Education Gail Fleming said:

“Consultants are critical to the development and success of clinical care pathways across systems in their area of clinical practice. We want to see a greater number of consultant pharmacists in post providing clinical expertise and leadership across local health economies. They have an important role in the delivery of ever more complex care to patients and in supporting their colleagues.

The new consultant pharmacist curriculum will support individuals to develop to consultant level so they are ready to take on roles as they become available.

“We have already developed a national approval process for consultant posts, so credentialing individuals is the logical next step in building clinical excellence and leadership in the workforce.

“Our credentialing programme is now open and I encourage advanced practitioners to take the next step in their career and credential as ‘consultant-ready’."

Take a look at the consultant pharmacist credentialing process and register to use the e-portfolio.

Coming soon! As a member you’ll have access to exclusive webinars to support your learning alongside access to RPS approved expert mentors to guide and support you through the programme.


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