Acknowledging publication of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, RPS Scotland ’s new professional vision for the future of pharmacy in Scotland – Pharmacy 2030, a Parliamentary Motion has been lodged in the Scottish Parliament.
The vision, produced in collaboration with the National Pharmacy Technician Group Scotland, expects all pharmacists in a patient-facing role to become independent prescribers by 2030.
The motion recognised the aim of the publication that by 2030 pharmacy teams will work together, using their expertise to make the best use of medicines and, will take a person-centred approach, providing care holistically rather than by clinical condition.
It highlighted the important role that RPS would play by working with partners across health and social care to turn this vision into a reality.
Lauding publication of the vision, Jackie Baillie MSP, who lodged the motion, said: “Pharmacy is a fantastic profession. Every day, pharmacists are providing high quality care to my constituents, across a wide range of care settings: including in hospital, GP practices and in the community.
“I hope that the motion raises awareness of the wonderful work pharmacy teams are already doing and gets important discussion going about how to make the ideas in Pharmacy 2030 a reality.”
Clare Morrison, director for Scotland at RPS commented: “Pharmacists are already delivering so much, but the Pharmacy 2030 vision outlines a future where pharmacists will be able to achieve even greater professional roles. Pharmacists are medicines experts, so the future has to be around leading prescribing across all care settings and in medicines management. This will improve the patient experience and outcomes, so patients are supported to get the very best from their medicines.
The vision, comprising exciting opportunities for pharmacy in Scotland, “will only become a reality through RPS and our partners across working together to achieve the aims outlined in the vision.”