Achieving the vision: Key enablers

  1. Create a single shared patient record into which every professional both reads and writes information, using their existing clinical system as the entry point
  2. Make electronic prescribing, transfer of prescriptions & medicines administration systems available in all settings
  3. Improve skill mix within pharmacy teams, combined with effective workforce planning to ensure safe, effective and appropriate pharmacy staffing
  4. Support all patient-facing pharmacists to train as independent prescribers
  5. NHS Scotland to align the pharmacist post-registration development pathway to the RPS curricula for post-foundation, advanced and consultant practice; and equivalent professional development and credentialing pathways developed for pharmacy technicians
  6. Introduce protected learning time for all pharmacy teams to enable professional development and research activities
  7. Provide equipment to enable patient-facing digital services and training to maximise its use
  8. Establish a national data set to demonstrate the effectiveness and quality of pharmacy services
  9. Embed the use of data, such as pharmacogenomics, to help guide treatment decisions and deliver personalised medicine
  10. Further embed pharmacy into the wider health and social care multidisciplinary team and develop clear referral pathways in and out of pharmacy services.