RPS England Board meeting - April update

RPS England Board Chair Sandra Gidley comments on key outcomes from the Board meeting on 12 April

Commenting on the key outcomes from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board meeting on 12 April, Board Chair Sandra Gidley said:

“Patient care was at the heart of the conversation throughout the meeting and we discussed how RPS England will work with NHS leaders on the new national policy initiative on medicines safety, announced by the Health Secretary in February. This will link with ongoing work by RPS and national partners such as NHS England and NHS Digital to enable pharmacists to update the clinical record.  Achieving this goal would be a step-change in enhancing safe and effective treatment across care pathways, especially when more and more pharmacists are looking to become prescribers.

“We agreed our updated policy on mental health and measures to help members increase support for people with mental health problems. We know that patients don’t always receive the care they need and can struggle to cope with managing long-term physical health conditions. With increased risk of premature death this is a huge challenge for the country’s health. We will be speaking to policymakers, patient groups and the other health professions about how best we can use pharmacists’ skills and expertise to improve outcomes for people with mental health problems.

“We were unanimous in our support of the RPS Task and Finish Group’s recommendations that all pharmacists should have access to Foundation Training to help them progress in their career in a structured way. Without this, training will remain ad hoc, inconsistent and of variable quality.  RPS will steward a UK-wide Foundation Programme which will help create a more level playing field across all sectors, deliver a highly skilled workforce for the future and ultimately benefit patient safety and quality of care.”