RPS Scotland consults on Pharmacy 2030: A vision for community pharmacy over the next decade

Pharmacogenomics is expected to be used in all community pharmacies by 2030, according to a draft vision set out by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland.

“Pharmacy 2030: A Vision for Community Pharmacy,” released for consultation on March 31, 2021, outlines what the Company hopes community pharmacy will look like towards the end of the decade.

Developed with input from pharmacists from across Scotland – members and non-members of the RPS – the vision encompasses what the Society sees as both the role of the community pharmacist and the infrastructure that underpins the sector, and is aligned with national strategic priorities, according to the Company.

Ultimately, the vision is for pharmacists to be recognized as clinical advisers by both the public and other healthcare professionals. This includes the “vast majority” of community pharmacists who are independent prescribers; all patients being registered in a pharmacy for continuity of care; and all pharmacy consultations recorded in the patient’s file.

Pharmacy technicians will supervise drug assembly, with pharmacists continuing to perform clinical checks. However, the vision foresees that drug assembly and precision controls are much more automated, freeing up time for both pharmacist and technician for more clinical work.

The vision adds that the community pharmacy sector will play a central role in addressing health inequalities – noting that in Scotland, pharmacy placement covers a wide range of localities, including town centers and remote islands. . Pharmacy services will be “planned and tailored to meet the specific needs of these diverse local populations, rather than being offered universally by all pharmacies”. To help address the perception of some that “community pharmacists are traders rather than clinicians”, pharmacy premises will be more clinical and less retail-oriented, and items stocked by pharmacies “will respond. health needs rather than gifts ”: Note that in some locations the lack of additional stores may mean that some items such as toiletries will continue to be sold.

The vision also calls for community pharmacists to play an “increased role in harm minimization to reduce drug-related deaths.”

All of this will be supported by an increased use of patient outcome data, focusing on the benefits that local populations derive from community pharmacy services rather than a more stringent focus on the number of patient interventions. This will ensure “that community pharmacies improve the health of the population and meet high quality standards,” says the vision.

It also provides for a universal patient record stored in a data cloud, shared with all other health professions, and a fully electronic prescription, dispensing and payment system.

Pharmacists themselves will regard protected learning time as the norm, as well as’ access to protected rest / meal breaks during the working day to improve well-being, reduce stress and thus reduce risk. of errors ”.

“Pharmacy 2030: a vision for community pharmacy” is the first in a series of visions for the sector to be consulted over the course of 2021, with general practice pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and specialty services to follow. The Company will also, according to the vision, “engage with pharmacists in areas other than patients, including technical roles, academia, education and the pharmaceutical industry”, with the ultimate goal of creating a single vision called Pharmacy 2030, which will be released in the fall. 2021.

“The COVID pandemic has changed our world and it has changed healthcare,” said Clare Morrison, RPS Scotland Director.

“This is why the pharmacy needs a new vision. Not because the previous strategies weren’t good, but because we now need something that reflects our changed world. Today’s post is the first step in creating that vision.

Pharmacy 2030, Morrison added,describes a future where community pharmacies will remain the place where people get their medicines, but where the role of the pharmacist will be transformed ”.

Jonathan Burton, Chairman of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board, said that “As a single pharmaceutical organization with members across all areas of pharmacy, RPS is well positioned to engage with the profession and create a unique vision for the pharmacy industry. ‘whole pharmacy’.

“Pharmacy 2030: a vision for community pharmacy” is open for consultation until July 1, 2021.

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