Developing the Vision

June 2017

The first call for a new long term strategy
As part of the Senedd’s Public Account Committee Inquiry into Medicines Management, in our evidence to the committee RPS calls for a new long term strategy for pharmacy to be in place. This would replace the previous strategy drafted by RPS, Your Care, Your Medicines; after all its aims had been achieved.

March 2018

Senedd Committee Publishes Report
Following consideration of evidence, the Public Accounts Committee publishes its report on Medicines Management which included a recommendation for:
“the Welsh Government sets out a plan to maximise the use of pharmacy resource, including developing the modules for delivery in choose pharmacy and enabling independent pharmacists. This plan should build on the recommendations in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society report.

May 2018

Welsh Government ‘go-ahead’
The Welsh Government accepts the recommendation, stating;
“We will ask the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee to work with stakeholders including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to develop a plan describing the future roles of pharmacy professionals in Wales and the steps to be taken by all stakeholders to maximise their use”.

September 2018

RPS given key role to develop plan
Responding to the Welsh Government request, the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee asks RPS Wales to project manage and author a 10 year vision for the profession.

October 2018- March 2019

Developing a vision ‘by the profession, for the profession’
Over a period of 4 months RPS Wales ensures that every member of the profession had an opportunity to have their say and inform the vison. This is through a number focus groups held in all corners of Wales that were attended by over 400 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. This wide-spread engagement means this is a vision ‘by the profession, for the profession’.

As well as focus groups, 4 expert working groups are established to identify priorities that aligned to the four main themes in “A Healthier Wales”, the Welsh Government’s long-term plan for health and social care.
Wider views beyond pharmacy were also sought MDT and patient focus groups, as well as one-to-one interviews with strategic leaders across NHS Wales.

May 2019

Draft Plan Submitted to Welsh Government
Following approval by the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee, the final RPS-drafted plan is submitted to the Minister for Health and Social Care.

July 2020

Delivery Board Established
The Welsh Government establishes a Delivery Board who will support the implementation of the vision’s goals.


3 years of progress
Despite the pandemic, huge strides are taken to drive forward the profession towards it’s 2030 vision. Find out more {Link to new page on progress]

June 2022

RPS asked to develop new goals for 2025
With the timeline for the first set of goals to 2022 nearing an end, the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee and Welsh Government again asks RPS to project manage engagement and author new 3 year goals to 2025.

July 2022 – September 2022

Engagement on new 3 year goals
Over a 3 month period, RPS Wales engages with the profession for views on priorities for the profession until 2025 through a number of focus groups and an open consultation.

October 2022

New 2025 goals launched
The new 3 year goals are launched at an event that included an address from the Minister for Health Social Service and presentations from member of the profession who have helped put the vision into action.

February 2023

Working towards the 2025 goals
Work is now underway to achieve the new 2025 goals with RPS Wales now also taking over administration and direction of the Delivery Board.


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