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Launch of RPS Professional Standards

Professional Standards for Public Health Practice for Pharmacy have been developed by a task group of the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum, led by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, with input from pharmacy practitioners and experts in both pharmacy and public health and across Great Britain. Both the Faculty of Public Health and the Royal Society for Public Health have endorsed the professional standards.
Pharmacy teams promote and protect health and well being through their core role and as part of all the services they provide on a daily basis. Public health services have been part of pharmacy practice for many years.  However, up until now there have not been any professional standards for public health practice for pharmacy to support the development and delivery of consistently high quality services and evaluation of those services.  The nine overarching standards provide a framework to support pharmacists and their teams to improve their public health practice, and shape future services and pharmacy roles to deliver quality public health services and interventions to improve people’s health.  The standards will also help pharmacy teams, commissioners and those contracting services to design, implement, deliver and monitor high quality public health practice through pharmacy regardless of the pharmacy settings from which services are delivered.

The standards are intended primarily for use in England and Wales.  The Scottish Government launched its vision and action plan “Prescription for Excellence” in September 2013. This vision dovetails and complements the aims and aspirations of Scotland’s 2020 Vision for Healthcare. The plan focuses on delivering safety, effectiveness and person- centeredness in pharmaceutical care and medicines and the Society is committed to working with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders to ensure that pharmacists’ public health role is developed intrinsically within pharmaceutical care in a context of collaborative and cooperative partnership working with other health and social care professionals, in keeping with the aspirations of Scotland’s NHS.
We hope these standards will inspire and support pharmacists and their teams to develop their public health professional practice and aspire to excellence.

The standards are available to download from the RPS website and are accompanied by a glossary, a list of further resources and some frequently asked questions.

Written: 19/03/2014 , last modified: 08/07/2014