The Royal Pharmaceutical Society on Saturday published a new online guide for pharmacists to develop leadership qualities needed to work at NHS.
The guide, titled A systems approach to medicines optimisation and pharmacy, aims to help pharmacists to develop leadership qualities needed to work at the local and regional levels across different NHS systems in England.
It provides a route to navigate through the Primary Care Networks (PCNs), Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) which plan and organise the delivery of England’s health and care services.
It also gives checklists of the resources, standards and guidance needed to build knowledge and skills, along with case studies of how pharmacists have improved medicines optimisation and patient care.
“Having pharmacists in positions of leadership across NHS systems in England is critical to cementing medicines optimisation and patient safety across primary, secondary and tertiary care. This will ensure patients and the NHS get the best value from their medicines,” said Sandra Gidley, chair of the RPS in England.
The guide is divided into sections based on six elements that will help pharmacists to engage with system leadership.
“Pharmacist leaders must identify where in local and regional systems they can work collaboratively and across traditional boundaries to embed pharmacy services and medicines optimisation where they will have the most impact,” Gidley added.