RPS in Scotland hosts first Scottish Seminar

RPS in Scotland was proud to host its first National Seminar last weekend in Stirling. The seminar’s theme of ‘Pharmacy working together to advance quality in practice’ was reinforced by the 120 delegates from every sector who attended from all over Scotland. Our delegates, contributors and student helpers were absolutely key in making our first seminar a success – we cannot thank them enough for their input and support. We are also grateful to our exhibitors NHS 24, Pharmacist Support, Pharmacy Management and UKCPA
The focus of our seminar was quality in practice, following up from our joint conference with NES and using RPS’s new Quality Systems resource as a guide. The workshops tackled many of the key issues effecting Scottish pharmacy today, including automation, SPSP, CMS, substance misuse services, dispensing errors and the utilisation of pharmacy technicians. We also dedicated a day to exploring the Faculty and Foundation programmes, underlining that quality begins from the start of your career and progresses throughout your professional journey.
We were delighted that Professor Rose Marie Parr was able to give her first keynote speech as Scotland’s new CPO at the seminar. She presented her ‘Big 5 priorities’ for Scottish pharmacy, highlighting the need for clarity in Prescription in Excellence, safer use of medicines, better articulation of professionalism, more strategic engagement and greater emphasis on evidence and outcomes. Her message was reinforced by Laura McIver, the Chief Pharmacist at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, who set out ambitions and plans for Scotland to be the safest place to take medicines. Dr Mark Sampson from MS Cubed rounded off the speeches by highlighting the differences in expertise between doctors and pharmacists before urging for greater collaboration between the two professions as their roles evolve.
You can find all the highlights of our Scottish Seminar in our Storify and catch-up on all the social media action with #RPSScot15. A flash report containing the workshop presentations will be available on our website soon.