Professional Standards for Public Health

The Professional Standards for Public Health Practice for Pharmacy have been developed by a group, led by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, chaired by the Chief Executive, with input from pharmacy practitioners and experts in both pharmacy and public health from across Great Britain. Colleagues from the Department of Health, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) joined pharmacists on this group.

These nine overarching standards are intended to provide a framework to help pharmacy teams, commissioners and those contracting services to design, implement, deliver and monitor high quality public health practice through pharmacy, regardless of the pharmacy settings from which services are delivered. The standards are also applicable to all levels of the pharmacy workforce across all settings e.g. those working at specialist or strategic level, those working as a practitioner and the wider pharmacy workforce.

The standards align with existing resources and tools for the wider healthcare workforce, therefore mirroring the nine core competency areas identified by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH). Aligning the professional standards for pharmacy with the FPH core areas, supports pharmacy practitioners in delivering public health practice that is demonstrably consistent with other healthcare practitioners delivering public health.

The Professional Standards for Public Health Practice for pharmacy have been developed to have wide appeal as they broadly align with pharmacy and public health developments in England and Wales. It is envisaged that elements of these standards will prove to be helpful as the RPS supports the Scottish Government in producing standards and guidance for pharmacists working in the NHS in Scotland.