Scottish National Seminar

“Pharmacy for the future – building on strong foundations” 

30 September - 1 October 2017, Stirling

The seminar’s mixture of plenary and practice ‘hot topic’ sessions is an excellent opportunity to learn from your peers, extend your networks across pharmacy and cement how the profession can enhance patient care and services.

Scottish National Seminar 2017 is free for RPS members. Event overview is now available below.

Bookings for the event are now closed! If you want to attend, please email us on scotinfo at

Note: If you want to attend both days of the event, you need to register for each day separately. Please note that the Foundation workshop planned for Saturday is capped at 30 delegates and is open for registration only to RPS members. If you want to attend the seminar on Saturday, you have to choose one of the two sessions we are offering.

Event resources

The seminar is designed to deliver the following key aims:

Develop the profession: On Saturday, we are teaming up with Pharmacy Management to deliver a pharmacy foundation essential skills workshop. The workshop will develop key management skills, for example, assertiveness, dealing with conflict, professional decision making and autonomy and how to build effective therapeutic relationships with your patients, health and social care professionals. This will support delegates in their early years to be the best they can be, building a strong foundation for their career progression. The session will be available only to RPS members and is capped at 30 delegates.

Getting ready for revalidation: Saturday afternoon we are delivering a session aimed at pharmacists from all sectors, enabling delegates to engage with RPS Faculty, research and mentoring.

Making best practice common practice – quality and effectiveness in every interaction: Sunday’s plenary session and workshops will focus on improving health literacy and the provision of person-centred, safe and effective pharmacy services. An outline of each workshop is available below:

  • Workshop 1: Improving acute and chronic pain management in day to day practice. Led by Elaine Thomson MRPharmS FFRPS, Team Leader, Dundee Locality Pharmacy Service and member of the Scottish Pharmacy Board
  • Workshop 2: Achieving excellence in pharmaceutical care – how can we make the vision a reality? Focusing on minor illness independent prescribing in community pharmacy and long term conditions management. Led by Aileen Bryson MRPharmS Head of Policy and Practice, RPS in Scotland and Johnathan Laird MRPharmS, Community Pharmacist and member of the Scottish Pharmacy Board
  • Workshop 3: Improving pharmaceutical care in care homes – a call to action. Led by Siobhan McGuinness MRPharmS, Senior Practice Pharmacist, NHS Fife
  • Workshop 4: How can pharmacy stem the rising tide of OTC and prescribed opioid analgesic dependence (OAD)? Led by Lucy Skea MRPharmS, Specialist Pharmacist in Substance Misuse, NHS Grampian
  • Workshop 5: Building the pharmacy contribution to health and social care, one person at a time, through reablement. Led by Dr Pamela Mills MRPharmS, Principal Pharmacist – Redesign NHS Ayrshire and Arran and Frances Fowlie, Senior Pharmacist Care of the Elderly NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • Workshop 6: Improving mental health and wellbeing - How can pharmacists make every intervention count? Led by Gordon Johnston, Voices of Experience

During the lunch breaks there will be an opportunity for delegates to attend satellite sessions on topics such as social media and professional identity as well as the RPS research toolkit.

There will be opportunity to submit abstracts and posters highlighting your audit, research, quality improvement or case study work from all settings. These will be featured in our sharing zone which will also include pharmaceutical industry exhibition stands. The deadline for submission of these has now been reached (Update from August 2017).

Note: The Scottish National Seminar 2017 will be part funded by the pharmaceutical industry through the purchase of exhibition stands. The companies have had no input into the design or content of the seminar programme and will be in attendance on the day.


Stirling Court Hotel
University of Stirling, Airthrey Rd


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Please note that you can book a room (bed and breakfast) at Stirling Court Hotel for the duration of the event at delegates rates (£59 per person in a single bedroom and £45 for shared occupancy). For more information regarding the available accommodation and to book your room, please get in touch directly with Stirling Court Hotel by emailing [email protected] or call 01786 466 000. You will have to quote code "155637" when booking.  

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