The RPS is consulting on the role of the pharmacist and is seeking views on a draft statement that it has developed. By defining the contribution of pharmacists, not only to the healthcare team but more widely, “we can reaffirm our commitment to patients and public”, the RPS says.

“The pharmacy profession is varied and pharmacists undertake diverse roles, some patient facing, some non-patient facing, which may also encompass research, teaching, leadership, business development and management. Therefore it is important from the outset to be clear about what core attributes and abilities are unique to our profession.”

The hope is that the statement will eventually become RPS policy and evolve into a consensus statement that is supported by members of the profession, stakeholder organisations (including employers), patients and the public.

“The statement is not intended as a full description on the scope of practice but a description of core attributes and abilities across all sectors. If a particular sector wants to adapt and expand on the statement in future, then it can serve as a basis for that,” adds the RPS.

There are different ways to respond to the consultation. The survey can be completed online at, downloaded and sent to or posted to Workforce Development, Professional Development & Support, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1AW.


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