Social media provides excellent opportunities for pharmacists to connect with other pharmacy colleagues and healthcare professionals to keep up to date with practice developments and find out about professional development opportunities.
Pharmacists can do this through:
- Following and interacting with colleagues, other peers and relevant organisations
- Learning about events
- Joining discussions, online groups, networks and professional forums
- Sourcing learning articles
- Sourcing training and development resources
- Learning about useful blogs and news articles
- Linking up with campaigns.
The RPS provides a number of programmes and services to support members with their professional practice:
Online networks can also be a good way to with discuss issues with peers. There are a range of RPS groups you can sign up to covering different sectors and topics.
RPS member services supporting professional development
- Continuing Professional Development - Information about CPD, how to record CPD, what to record on a CPD record and CPD resources
- RPS Foundation – supports pharmacists in their first 1,000 days of practice or members returning to work after a career break, changing their scope of practice or practice environment
- RPS Faculty - provides support networks, access to experts and mentors across all sectors, and at all career stages, alongside opportunities to develop
- Accreditation and endorsement - Our accreditation service comprise; accreditation of and training and development materials and events and training
- Professional Development - Keeps members informed of innovations and changes in the profession, by providing them with the resources they need to develop their skills and expertise
- Mentoring - Support for pharmacists who are either looking to find a mentor or wanting to become a mentor. We provide resources, networks and an online database to ensure that all members have access to mentorship, and all mentors are supported in through their mentoring journey
- The Pharmaceutical Journal
- Clinical Pharmacist
A number of organisations provide opportunities for education and professional development. You can follow them using the many social media channels available (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). Some suggestions include: