Leadership Development Framework



Leadership is a key element of the professional development and practice of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. The RPS Leadership Development Framework outlines the behaviours of effective, engaging leadership – the behaviours that enable pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists to make a real difference to care and outcomes. It represents the standard for leadership behaviours that all pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists should aspire to, whatever stage of their career.

Our framework is based on the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model. While it was created for an English NHS environment, it is based on extensive research from around the globe on effective leadership within healthcare and non-healthcare environments. The framework's inclusive, engaging approach promotes leadership for everyone in an organisation, which means this framework is relevant for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists across all countries in Great Britain, regardless of pharmacy sector, level or experience. 

The Leadership Development Framework provides all pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists with a consistent, uniform approach to developing leadership behaviours.


Handbook supplementing the Leadership Development Framework is available for RPS members. This provides:

  • Additional background information on leadership, including differentiating between leadership and management and a guide to leadership styles
  • Mapping of the Framework to the Advanced Pharmacy Framework to assist members in creating evidence for their Faculty submission
  • Case studies
  • Signposting to additional resources, such as training providers, scholarship avenues and further reading

Leadership Competency Framework

The Leadership Competency Framework for Pharmacy Professionals was developed in 2011. Based on the NHS’ Leadership Framework, it describes the personal qualities for leaders at every level, and the domains of expertise to which they aspire. 

This Leadership Competency Framework will remain available as it continues to be used to develop long-term development objectives for individuals, teams and organisations. However, additional support for the Leadership Competency Framework for Pharmacy Professionals will not be available from the RPS.