RPS Post-registration foundation curriculum consultation

What is the Post-registration Foundation Pharmacist Curriculum? The curriculum is underpinned by the RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework (2019) which was produced from an evidence based role analysis of the current and future roles (until 2023) of post-registration foundation pharmacists practising in all sectors across the UK four nations.

Structured continuum of practice for post-registration pharmacists

The curriculum includes independent prescribing to reflect the core changes in pharmacist practice which are included in the new GPhC initial education and training (IET) standards, and develops leadership, management, education and research capabilities. 

It bridges the period until the new IET standards have been fully implemented, offering a structured pathway for newly qualified pharmacists. 

The content of the curriculum will be revised to keep pace with these changes. It will support pharmacists to develop the skillset to progress to RPS advanced practice credentialing pathways. 

The curriculum was developed through a collaborative approach with UK and sector wide representation on the programme task and finish groups. It is accompanied by a topic guide which provides additional information to support achieving some of the outcomes.

Consultation responses feedback summary

  • The consultation was open for six weeks and closed on the 18th June 2021
  • A broad range of relevant UK stakeholder groups were identified prior to launching the consultation, and these organisations were targeted with specific comms (full list available on request). We also held informal drop in Q&A sessions for specific stakeholder groups (HEIs, hospital, primary care, community pharmacy) and promoted the consultation through our social media and direct member communications
  • We actively promoted those with inclusion & diversity perspectives to contribute; we sent out a targeted social media message for views from those with the nine protected characteristics, carers and welsh speakers, as well as considering socio-economic consequences. I&D stakeholders were also directly contacted and encouraged to engage with the consultation via the RPS I&D co-ordinator
  • Respondents were able to provide feedback either via a webform or by completing a Word document template
  • In total, we received 42 responses to the consultation and the breakdown between individual and organisation respondents, countries, and stakeholders is presented below
  • We received a high volume of comments and have triaged them to identify those which require decision-making by the ESC to inform our consultation response and revisions to the curriculum. We have presented these overleaf and following ESC decisions about the escalated areas, we will draft a response to these and the more minor comments internally, before circulating to ESC remotely for review prior to publication.