Pharmacy 2030

Why a new vision?

Pharmacy2030 - The Visions of Services

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

Hospital pharmacy focused vision: consultation closed

Please read the report by clicking the image below (PDF) -there is an executive summary at the start of the full report.


We requested views by 1st October by emailing [email protected]


General practice pharmacy focused vision: consultation closed

Please read the report by clicking on the image below (PDF) – there is an executive summary at the start of the full report.

Scotland2030 GP focused vision

We requested your views by 1 September by emailing [email protected]

Community pharmacy focused vision: consultation closed

Read the Executive summary or full Report by clicking on the image below (PDF).

We asked for views by 1 July via: Pharmacy 2030 consultation response or email[email protected]

RPS Pharmacy 2030 - Executive summary cover RPS Pharmacy 2030 - cover

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 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 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 (see above)
  • Consultation closed on 1 July 2021.
General Practice pharmacy
  • Scoping phase completed (23 April - 17 May)
  • Focused vision published on 8 July 2021 (see above).
  • Consultation closes on 1 September 2021.
Hospital pharmacy including patient facing and technical services
  • Scoping began on 20 May.
  • Focused vision expected to be published in mid-August. 
Specialist pharmacy services (eg, care homes, prisons) and non-patient facing roles (eg, education)
  • Scoping to begin in July 2021.

How do I take part?

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