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.
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.
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.
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.
Explaining Biosimilar Medicines
Biosimilars are not the same as a generic medicine and as a pharmacist you will need to be aware of the guidance around the use of biosimilars in order to ensure their safe and effective use.
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.
Provide tips on how to operate an efficient cholesterol testing service and discusses how pharmacists can help patients with high cholesterol.
Signposting for pharmacists on a range of clinical governance resources available to maintain good practice and make improvements where required.
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.
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.
Dispensing valproate for girls and women
This guidance covers suggested advice to safeguard all girls and women who use valproate.
Electronic Health Records (EHR)
This guidance covers pharmacy access to patient electronic health records.
Essential Guide to Community Pharmacy Practice: Preparing for day one
This guidance is for pharmacists who are preparing for their first day of practice in community pharmacy. It can support those who are newly qualified, those who are changing from another sector to community, and those returning to practice after a period of absence. It is for both locum pharmacists (contractors) and employees.
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.
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.
Good dispensing guidelines (England)
Professional guidance on various issues relating to the dispensing process.
Handling of medicines in social care
Professional pharmaceutical guidance for people in every aspect of social care who are involved in handling medicines. There are frequent changes affecting the handling of medicines in social care. Please also refer to the latest NICE Guidance on the Management of Medicines in Care Homes (March 2014) for the most current information. View our handling of medicines in social care guidance (2007) »
Homeopathic and herbal products
This guide explains the requirements and implications of the Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration Scheme (THMRS).
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.
Identification of foreign medicines
A list of websites to help identify foreign medicines from a number of countries.
Preparing for your first locum can be daunting and so this quick reference guide gives helpful tips for those considering working in this role.
Medicines administration (MAR) charts, principles of safe and appropriate production
Provides good practice principles for the production of MAR charts by pharmacists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Near miss error log
This guidance and error log will help you, and your pharmacy team, to work through mistakes and learn from them.
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.
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.
Oral emergency contraceptives as pharmacy medicines
This guidance covers the supply of oral emergency contraceptives a P medicines.
Pharmacy and the olympics
Brings together resources to help you plan for the olympics.
Pharmaceutical services to social care settings
Underpins the planning and securing of pharmaceutical services to social care settings in the three home countries.
Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services
Professional standards for hospital pharmacy services; optimising patient outcomes from medicines.
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.
Protecting vulnerable adults
This guidance provides practical information to help pharmacists protect vulnerable adults in the course of their professional practice.
Raising concerns, whistleblowing and speaking up safely in pharmacy
Provides information about whistleblowing and signposts to further sources of information for more detail.
Repeat medication management, prescription collection and delivery service
This information sheet is designed to be of assistance to superintendents and pharmacy teams and intended as a resource to help review practices and policies, offering guidance on repeat medication management, prescription collection and delivery services.
Safe and secure handling of medicines (revised duthie report)
Practice guidance on the handling of medicines in secondary care, including supply, storage and administration.
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.
Summary Care Records
Practice guidance on summary care records.
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.
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.