Using the Foundation framework to prepare for working in a GP surgery
We recommend that pharmacists interested in embarking on a career working in GP practices complete the RPS Foundation programme.
The Foundation Programme supports pharmacists through your first 1000 days of practice, enabling you to develop essential knowledge, skills, and values to be a safe and effective pharmacist. It also provides you with the tools and resources to become a more independent learner so you can identify gaps in your development and take necessary steps to address these.
By working your way through the Programme and associated workplace based tools, you will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired during your undergraduate studies and pre-registration training to patient scenarios and day to day practice.
Over time, this will empower you to effectively manage more complex patients/cases and pharmaceutical care issues, which will be crucial to your role as a pharmacist working in GP practices.
Building your Faculty portfolio while working in a GP practice
Working in general practice presents an ideal opportunity to develop and to build your Advanced Practice Portfolio, submit for assessment and become a Faculty member.
Joining the RPS Faculty gives you the opportunity to benchmark and perhaps distinguish yourself from your peers; gaining a post-nominal to reflect your stage of advanced practice as you do so. You also receive access to a library of tools and resources to support your professional development.
Building a portfolio could be an effective way of developing your practice, supporting your career progression and may help prepare you for revalidation in the future.
Access to clinical training and support