Leadership is for every pharmacist, regardless of your sector of practice, level of professional experience or what stage you are at in your pharmacy career. Leadership is not restricted to those who hold leadership roles.
As a pharmacist returning to practice or moving sector, you have a professional responsibility to take charge of your own performance and professional development and extend your leadership behaviours, contributing to the running of the service or business you are returning to and shaping its future direction.
Thinking about returning to practice offers you an opportunity to take stock of where there are gaps in your leadership behaviours, how you can personally address these and where working with others and building relationships with other allied professionals could help you achieve this. The RPS can facilitate this through our provision of online practice guidance material, our professional support advice service, CPD resources, access to online specialist groups (networks) and our mentoring service .
There is no specific time frame or pathway to developing exemplary leadership behaviours. Indeed, it is an ongoing process that may become more complex with your career progression. However, adopting a leadership approach in your future practice through assessment of services you provide and evaluation of ways of working, sets a context for decision making, possible change and ultimate improvement.
You may wish to access the self-assessment tool provided by the NHS Leadership Academy that can be used in conjunction with the RPS Leadership Development Framework. A Handbook with further information supplementing the Leadership Development Framework is available for Royal Pharmaceutical Society members.