Shaping the future of pharmacy education

Our Education and Professional Development Team is helping to shape pharmacists’ education and training throughout their post-registration career.

Illustration of a gap year before a career in pharmacy

The development of pharmacy professionals should not stop once their initial education is complete. In fact, further development continues through foundation and then advanced level practice. Some pharmacists are also practicing at a consultant level.

We're working with stakeholders and lobbying government to embed clear post-registration professional development structures. These will help pharmacists to demonstrate competence and earn credentials as their practice advances from initial education and training through to advanced and consultant levels.

Members will benefit from clear products and services to support them through their professional development journey and credentialing assessments.

The Education pyramid

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Framework ADVANCED

Remember, pharmacists can access both Revalidation and Mentoring support at any stage of their post-registration development journey.

Initial education and training

We responded to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) consultation on standards for the education and training of pharmacists, which they aim to implement by Autumn 2021.


We broadly support these proposals but are concerned that no funding has been specified for them.

Foundation training

We are currently developing a national foundation pharmacist curriculum and assessment programme to provide a standardised approach to training across all sectors and geography. The national foundation curriculum is underpinned by the RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework and is being developed through a collaborative programme with representation and input from all main UK stakeholders. It will be ready for launch in Spring 2021.


Advanced level practice

Recommendations from our faculty review task & finish group and wider reference group about how best to support advanced practice were considered by our assembly in November 2019 and, as a result, we will be strengthening the way in which we recognise pharmacists working as advanced practitioners through our credentialing services.


We're also looking at how best to support our members with direct delivery of post-registration education and training, following the success of our antimicrobial resistance and transition programmes.

Consultant level practice

We’re developing processes to accredit consultant-level posts and credential consultant-ready pharmacists in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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