Developing the Vision

Following a 2018 Senedd Committee inquiry into medicines management, the Health Minister asked the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee (WhPC) to develop a plan describing the future roles of pharmacy professionals in Wales. This was to be a plan by pharmacy for pharmacy, to outline the steps to be taken by all stakeholders to make the most of the profession's unique skills and knowledge.

There were two parts to this project:

  1. To address a three-year plan for the future roles of pharmacy to 2022
  2. To continue this trajectory for a vision for pharmacy up to 2030.

The WPhC commissioned RPS Wales to support and oversee the development of the plan.

Project Management

  • Project sponsor – Paul Harris, WPhC Chair
  • Project Board - WPhC Committee
  • Project Manager and lead author – Elen Jones, RPS
  • Goal Development lead – Marc Donovan, WPhC member
  • Project steering group - Welsh Pharmacy Partnership plus other nominated members

Delivery

To deliver the plan, four working groups with broad sector and geographical representation were established. These groups included pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with different expertise. They focused on 4 different themes, all of which aligned to “ Delivering a Healthier Wales”, the Welsh Government’s long-term plan for health and social care.

Welsh Govt VISION

Pharmacy engagement

At the core of the report are the experiences, opinions and ambitions of the profession in Wales. The report represents the contributions of over four hundred pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from every part of Wales. This was achieved via a number of open focus group facilitated by RPS and CPW contractor events which ensured that each and every member of the profession had an opportunity to have their say.

Wider Engagement

A multidisciplinary focus group was set up to gain insight from other professional groups, including Royal Colleges, third sector organisations and other healthcare professionals.

There was also public and patient engagement to test some of the vision’s principles and to gain the public perspective and a series of one to one interviews with strategic leaders in Wales.

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