Leading evidence-based practice

Involved in research and strategic leadership to shape service development

The creation of a recognised evidence base to underpin the use of medicines and pharmacy practice will continue to be essential in 2030. By then, most pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will have developed research capability and will be involved in research, service development and quality improvement. Pharmacists working in academia and industry will play a leading role both in conducting research and in supporting the development of research skills in others.

This evidence will be essential in enabling pharmacists to develop prescribing guidance. By 2030, such guidance will include consideration of the environmental impact of different medicines. Altogether this work will reduce harm, waste and variation.

Pharmacists will also have an important role to play in strategic leadership to shape services and models of care in NHS boards and other organisations, wherever medicines are used.