Pharmacy 2030

Why a new vision?


Every health and care profession, every health service provider and every government is currently looking at how to recover and rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In response, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is seeking to create a new vision for pharmacy in Scotland.

How will Pharmacy 2030 be created?

Pharmacy 2030 will be created iteratively during 2021. The reason for this is simple: it is vital that practising pharmacists across Scotland are involved in creating the vision, so it accurately reflects the profession’s views. 

The RPS is the only pharmacy organisation with members across all sectors of pharmacy, and therefore the only organisation that can create a single vision for the whole profession.

Read the Report or an Executive Summary

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What will it include?

Pharmacy 2030 will consider how pharmacy will:

  • Improve the safe and effective use of medicines for patients
  • Address health inequalities and wellbeing for patients.

It will align pharmacy to national strategic priorities and identify the underpinning infrastructure required to:

  • Ensure patients receive high quality services
  • Maximise innovations including digital and technology developments
  • Develop the pharmacy workforce.

What is happening when?

Initially the RPS will seek views of pharmacists working in four key patient-facing areas, and then create focused visions for each. These focused visions will then be widely consulted on to seek views across the pharmacy profession, other health and care professions, and importantly with patients and the public. See section below for current progress.

Alongside these four patient-facing areas, the RPS will engage with pharmacists working in non-patient facing roles such as technical roles, academia, education and the pharmaceutical industry.

In the autumn of 2021, all of this scoping work will be brought together into a single new vision for pharmacy – Pharmacy 2030 – which will demonstrate how pharmacy can work together as a whole profession to deliver seamless, person-centred care for patients.

Focused visions in development

Community pharmacy
  • Initial scoping February-April 2021
  • Focused vision published on 31 March 2021
  • Consultation until 1 July 2021.
GP Practice pharmacy
  • Scoping to begin in April 2021.
Hospital pharmacy
  • Scoping to begin in May 2021.
Specialist pharmacy services
  • Scoping to begin in May 2021.

How do I take part?

To take part in a scoping group or the consultation phase, please contact: [email protected]