RPS England publishes ‘One Year On’ Vision report

A vision for pharmacy professional practice in England, one year on


The RPS in England has published a review of pharmacy policy one year on from the launch of its 10-year Vision For Pharmacy Professional Practice with The King’s Fund.

This new paper reflects on each of the six key themes in the Vision, welcoming a number of positive policy developments in the last 12 months and identifying opportunities for further progress.

Key milestones include:

  • The publication of the NHS Long-Term Workforce Plan, recognising the need for greater support for the pharmacy workforce.
  • The development of a Vision for Community Pharmacy by Community Pharmacy England, the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund.
  • Work on digital integration to enable community pharmacists to update a clinical record.
  • The launch of Pharmacy First, expanding the clinical services provided by pharmacists in the community.
  • The publication of the public consultation of pharmacy supervision, to enable better use of skill mix across pharmacy teams.

Chair of the English Pharmacy Board Tase Oputu said:

“The significant progress in the last 12 months demonstrates the positive steps forward that the health service has made in recognising and rewarding the skills of pharmacists and pharmacy teams.

“Additional investment in the community pharmacy sector, development of prescribing pilots, and further digital integrations are just some examples of the vision becoming a reality.

“There has been some fantastic work across the profession, as well as collaboration with pharmacy organisations, professional bodies and others to drive this forward.

“But continued pressures on the workforce and the need for sustainable funding mean there is still more to do to transform, unlock and enable the full breadth of opportunities for pharmacy teams.”

RPS Director for England James Davies said:

“The development of RPS policy on separation of dispensing and prescribing helps to move forward our Vision for professional practice.

“The RPS has continued to highlight the pressures that pharmacy teams face, and campaigned to remove the prescription charges that contribute to health inequalities.

“We have made some positive progress in 2023, but there is still much to be done across all sectors of practice to help make this vision a reality for patients.”

Read the report.

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