Professional standards


In 2012 the Royal Pharmaceutical Society published professional standards for hospital pharmacy services across Great Britain (GB). Professional standards, such as these, support the development of safe, quality services that put patients and their needs first.

The standards provide the profession with developmental standards that are supportive, enabling and professionally challenging. They give a broad framework that can be used by Chief Pharmacists, Directors of Pharmacy and their teams to improve services, and to shape future services and pharmacy roles in order to deliver quality patient care.

In 2014 the professional standards were revisited in light of the findings from the Francis Review of events at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and the response to that review, the report of the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England (commonly referred to as the Berwick report). The standards were also reviewed to ensure that they aligned with developments in pharmacy and healthcare agendas in Scotland and Wales.

The 2014 review found that the ethos, scope and remit of the standards were already largely consistent with the recommendations of both Francis and Berwick, and developments in the Scottish and Welsh health systems. The fundamentals were therefore not changed however more emphasis was given to key themes such as the need to increase patient involvement and feedback in the development, delivery and improvement of pharmacy services. The importance of organisational culture and the need to provide services in a candid, transparent and open way in an environment that supports continuous learning was also given more focus. A review date of 2017 was set for the standards.

Download the Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy

The 2017 update will follow the RPS process for updating standards and guidance. It is expected that the standards update will be completed in the second before the end of 2017. 

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