Vision for pharmacy practice in England

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Transforming the Future

Pharmacy for the next decade

We want to build a vision that sets out the role of and value of pharmacists and pharmacy teams working across systems, providing patient care and NHS services.

As the Government and NHS look ahead to supporting the recovery from the pandemic, the pressures on the health and care workforces remain. There is an urgent need to address the backlog of care that can only be achieved by new ways of working.

Pharmacy teams need to work across primary and secondary care, providing and supporting other teams to provide patients with better care closer to home. Building on the new ways of working that were established during the pandemic to allow health and care systems to meet the increasingly complex health needs of people and improve patient outcomes.

This presents many opportunities for pharmacy.

Learn more about how we're developing the vision for pharmacy practice – listen to our Vision for Pharmacy Practice In England webinar from 16 May 2022.

Meet our Advisory Group who are providing support as we develop the vision…

Richard Murray, CEO, The King's Fund

Ravi Sharma, RPS Director for England

The Road Ahead

Through 2022, the RPS and The King’s Fund will host a series of member and stakeholder engagement events, and a consultation on emerging themes.

This policy review from the King's Fund will inform the development of the Vision, and provides insights and updates on the evidence of the future of pharmacy. We’ll be consulting with you on its key themes, so you can have your say.


Our vision for pharmacy timeline through 2022

Vision timeline 2022

We're working with an advisory group across health and care professions and patient groups, to develop this alongside RPS members and the wider profession.

We'll show how the pharmacy profession can:

  • Improve patient experience and health outcomes through personalised care
  • Deliver the best value from medicines for patients and the NHS
  • Help prevent and reduce health inequalities
  • Harness science, research, innovation and technology to improve treatments
  • Integrate into the wider healthcare system
  • Develop into the workforce of the future and contribute where deployment is needed.

Your voices from all areas of practice are essential to creating this vision, and we want to hear from you, whether you work in:

  • Community Pharmacy
  • General practice/Primary Care Networks
  • Integrated Care Systems
  • Hospital pharmacy, including patient-facing, non-patient facing and technical services roles
  • Community and specialist pharmacy services
  • Education, industry, technology, science or research.
Thorrun Govind

Thorrun Govind, Chair, RPS English Pharmacy Board

“NHS reforms, along with an unprecedented era of economic, demographic, and technological change, present both challenges and opportunities for the pharmacy profession. 

"Now is the moment to seize the initiative and set out a new professional vision that builds on the extraordinary work of pharmacy teams during the pandemic, and reflects the new ways of working in multidisciplinary teams across systems to improve patient care.”