Pharmacy Practice

It is important that pharmacists adhere to best practice in their day to day roles in all sectors. The following resources will support you in various aspects of your practice whether it is in the community, hospital or the industrial sector.

Our resources

8 core principles for community pharmacy whistleblowing policies and procedures

8 core principles for community pharmacy whistleblowing policies and procedures

Principles which the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Public Concern at Work believe all whistleblowing policies or procedures for pharmacy should comply with.

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Professionally promoting and advertising pharmacy services and medication

Advertising pharmacy services and medication

Provides recommendations for pharmacists involved in promoting or advertising professional services or medication to enable them to comply with relevant standards.

View our quick reference guide on advertising pharmacy services and medication »

Best practice for ensuring the efficient supply and distribution of

Best practice for ensuring the efficient supply and distribution of medicines to patients

Best practice guidance for improving the efficiency of supply to patients and reducing the burden caused by the current supply problems.

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Children collecting medicines from a pharmacy

Children collecting medicines from a pharmacy

Provides factors to consider when making a decision on whether to supply dispensed medicines to a child for themselves or on behalf of another person.

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Cholesterol testing

Cholesterol testing

Provide tips on how to operate an efficient cholesterol testing service and discusses how pharmacists can help patients with high cholesterol.

View our quick reference guide on cholesterol testing »

Clinical governance

Clinical governance

Signposting for pharmacists on a  range of clinical governance resources available to maintain good practice and make improvements where required.

View our quick reference guide on clinical governance »

Cough and cold products for children

Cough and cold products for children

Guidance on the supply of cough and cold preparations in children, products that can be supplied for use and includes information about the use of codeine linctus in under 18s.

View our quick reference guide on cough and cold products for children »

Dispensing oral isotretinoin and pregnancy prevention

Dispensing oral isotretinoin and pregnancy prevention

This guidance covers dispensing, distribution control and counselling advice to protect all patients who use oral isotretinoin and females who are at risk of pregnancy.

View our quick reference guide on dispensing oral isotretinoin and pregnancy prevention »

Oral emergency contraception

Emergency contraception

This guidance will provide information on supply (including advance supply) of levonorgestrel (P medicine), whether it is appropriate or not, and advising on use after supply.

View our quick reference guide on emergency contraception »

Essential websites

Essential websites for pharmacists

List of essential websites to help you search the Internet for information to assist you in your day to day practice.

View our list of essential websites for pharmacists »

Setting up a flu vaccination service via PGD

Flu: Setting up a flu vaccination service via patient group direction

This guidance provides a basic understanding of the flu vaccination service provided by pharmacists. It discusses useful points on the professional aspects of the service, which you should or feel appropriate to consider when you are setting up the service.

View our setting up a flu vacination service via PGD quick reference guide »

Good dispensing guidelines

Good dispensing guidelines (England)

Professional guidance on various issues relating to the dispensing process.


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Handling of medicines in social care

Handling of medicines in social care

Professional pharmaceutical guidance for people in every aspect of social care who are involved in handling medicines. (2007 - There are frequent changes affecting the handling of medicines in social care. Please ensure this resource is always used with reference to current legislation, regulations and professional and clinical guidelines) View our handling of medicines in social care guidance »

Homeopathic and herbal products

Homeopathic and herbal products

This guide explains the requirements and implications of the Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration Scheme (THMRS).

View our quick reference guide on homeopathic and herbal products »

Ibuprofen, isopropyl myristate topical P medicine

Ibuprofen, isopropyl myristate topical P Medicine

Provides a checklist on points to consider before supplying and information about the product. It also offers practical information and advice on managing patients with sunburn.

View our quick reference guide on ibuprofen, isopropyl myristate topical P medicine »

Identification of foreign medicines

Identification of foreign medicines

A list of websites to help identify foreign medicines from a number of countries.


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Working as a locum in community pharmacy

Locum work

Preparing for your first locum can be daunting and so this quick reference guide gives helpful tips for those considering working in this role.

View our guidance on working as a locum »

Medicines administration (MAR) charts, principles of safe and appropriate production

Medicines administration (MAR) charts, principles of safe and appropriate production

Provides good practice principles for the production of MAR charts by pharmacists.


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Medicines adherence: NICE implementation guidance for pharmacists

Medicines adherence

Guidance  to help pharmacists to support patients to get involved in decision making regarding the medicines they take, improve adherence and contribute to strengthening lines of communication between healthcare professionals.

View our Medicines Adherence quick reference guide »

Medical Devices

Medical devices

This guidance outlines factors pharmacists would need to consider when recommending, selling or purchasing a medical device ensuring the safe and effective use of medical devices.

View our quick reference guide on medical devices »

Medical Devices

Medicines that optomotrists can order

This guidance provides information on the legal and professional issues that would need to be considered when dealing with requests from optomotrists.

View our quick reference guide on medicines that optomotrists can order »

Monitoring blood pressure

Monitoring blood pressure

Provides information about blood pressure and hypertension, discusses how pharmacists can help patients and points that need to be taken into consideration to ensure a safe and efficient service.

View our quick reference guide on monitoring blood pressure »

Near Miss Error Log

Near miss error log

This guidance and error log will help you, and your pharmacy team, to work through mistakes and learn from them.

View our quick reference guide near miss error log »

NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework Service Developments ENGLAND

NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework Service Developments (England)

This area of the website provides you with details on key elements of the amended NHS CPCF for England.

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NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework Service Developments WALES

NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework Service Developments (Wales)

This area of the website provides you with details on key elements of the amended NHS CPCF for Wales.


View the NHS community pharmacy contractual framework service developments for Wales »

Pharmacy and the Olympics

Pharmacy and the olympics

Brings together resources to help you plan for the olympics.


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Near Miss Error Log

Pharmaceutical services to social care settings

Underpins the planning and securing of pharmaceutical services to social care settings in the three home countries.

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Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services

Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services

Professional standards for hospital pharmacy services; optimising patient outcomes from medicines.

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Protecting Children and Young People

Protecting children and young people

This guidance provides practical information to help pharmacists protect children and young people in the course of their professional practice.

View our quick reference guide on protecting children and young people »

Protecting vulnerable adults

Protecting vulnerable adults

This guidance provides practical information to help pharmacists protect vulnerable adults in the course of their professional practice.

View our quick reference guide on protecting vulnerable adults »

Raising concerns whistleblowing and speaking up safely in pharmacy

Raising concerns, whistleblowing and speaking up safely in pharmacy

Provides information about whistleblowing and signposts to further sources of information for more detail.


View our quick reference guide on raising concerns, whistleblowing and speaking up safely in pharmacy »

Safe and secure handling of medicines

Safe and secure handling of medicines (revised duthie report)

Practice guidance on the handling of medicines in secondary care, including supply, storage and administration.

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Special guidance

Specials guidance

Good practice advice on the key professional responsibilities for pharmacists when providing advice about or supplying specials, and support in making appropriate choices for their patients.

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Transfer of care

Transfer of care

Principles to underpin the safe transfer of information about medicines whenever a patient transfers care providers, at any point in the care pathway.

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Use of the Welsh language in pharmacy

Use of the Welsh language in pharmacy

This resource details the the view of the Welsh Pharmacy Board on the use of the Welsh language in pharmacy settings.

View our Welsh language resource »