Publication of updated RPS hospital pharmacy standards


A major update to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services has been released. NICE accredited standards are now available for download from the RPS website.

The document covers professional standards through eight broad themes, which include integrated handover of care, drug governance and leadership. Examples of how the standards are used by bodies such as NHS Wales, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists and Healthcare Improvement Scotland are also listed, and RPS would like to receive further examples, which will be hosted on the RPS website. .

An associated manual indicates the legal and regulatory frameworks according to which the standards were developed.

Jatinder Harchowal, chief pharmacist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, was a member of the steering group behind the new update.

“The overarching goal of standards is to enable patients to benefit from a consistent quality of service within and between health care providers,” he said.

In addition to giving patients a clear picture of what to expect, the RPS says the standards also provide chief pharmacists and pharmacy managers “a consistent set of standards against which they can be held accountable.” “.

“The standards embody patient-centered care,” said Nigel Westwood, one of three patient representatives who served on the steering group. “The emphasis is on putting the patient first and the emphasis is on ensuring that we are fully involved in our care and that we can share decisions about suggested treatments and medications. ”

Benchmarking objectives

As with previous versions, the updated standards can be used to support benchmarking, a self-assessment process that enables hospital pharmacists to improve services by identifying strengths and weaknesses in performance. . The RPS Hospital Expert Advisory Group (HEAG) wants to hear from people who use standards in this way.

“We would like to know how [pharmacists] implemented them to find gaps in their services or improve patient safety, ”said Rob Duncombe, President of HEAG. Anyone wishing to share best practice examples should contact [email protected]

The new standards were developed with the support of representatives from several organizations, including the NHS, the Royal College of Nursing, the Secure Environment Pharmacists Group and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK.


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