RPS Scotland at SNP conference 2016

Earlier this year, RPS Scotland engaged with MSP candidates across all political parties ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections to ensure the views of our members and the profession were heard. Our discussions were framed by our well-received ‘Right Medicine – Better Health – Fitter Future’ Manifesto, which we developed in partnership with our members through Local Practice Forum meetings and a national survey. Our manifesto calls on policy makers to resource and empower pharmacists to provide more patient care. It sets out recommendations to secure a greater clinical role for pharmacists, enable further integration into the NHS and to free up more of the pharmacists’ time to enable them to provide more pharmaceutical care. Recommendations include:

• Giving community pharmacists electronic access to patient records (with patient consent) and providing greater access to electronic prescribing.
• Integration of pharmacists into emerging health hubs.
• Positioning of pharmacists at the point of admission to hospital.
• Integrating a dedicated pharmacist role into care homes and aligning one community pharmacy and one GP practice to each care home.
• Implementing the recommendations in the recent out-of-hours report on the future contribution of community pharmacy.
• Making health literacy an integral part of Curriculum for Excellence so that everyone gains an understanding of their health from a young age.
• Supporting integration across primary and secondary care by implementing a single integrated vocational training programme for all newly qualified pharmacists.
We have continued these constructive and positive engagements with MSPs since the election and again this Autumn were present at the SNP Party Conference.
Take a look at our video blog from Alex MacKinnon to see what we were discussing at this year's SNP conference.

We are also meeting with MSPs from all parties in the Scottish Parliament and have arranged for a number of pharmacy visits to demonstrate services in their local constituencies. In December we are hosting a parliamentary reception on Personalised Medicine and in March 2017 we are exhibiting for a week in the Scottish Parliament – an exhibit that Scotland’s Pharmacist MSP, Maree Todd (SNP) has kindly enabled.
In addition to following @RPSScotland on Twitter and checking out how we are representing our members during party conferences through #RPSPartyConf, please also visit #PharmacySP16 to see all about our advocacy work for members and the profession in Scotland during 2016 so far.