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Scottish Government launches new pharmacy strategy: Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care

Published: 24th August 2017

The Scottish Government has launched a new pharmacy strategy Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care to transform the role of pharmacy across all areas of practice, increase capacity, and offer the best possible person-centred care.

The document, which refreshes Prescription for Excellence, focusses on two key areas: improving NHS pharmaceutical care, and enabling NHS pharmaceutical care transformation, and outlines nine commitments and associated actions.

To support the delivery of the strategy, a number of Clinical Pharmacy Fellowships will be developed providing the opportunity to work in the Scottish Government Pharmacy? and Medicines Division for a period of 12-18 months.

In addition the possibility of Pharmacy Clinical Mentors roles to support workforce development, such as the Foundation programme and the longitudinal clerkship initiatives ?will be explored, and the experience of SPSP Improvement Fellows will be harnessed.

Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Professor Rose Marie Parr, said:

“Pharmacy teams in both hospital and the community already play an important role in the provision of NHS services. In the community, we are making good progress in promoting local pharmacies as the first port of call for our most common healthcare needs and I want to encourage more people to see them as their initial point of care. Coupled with the commitment to transform hospital pharmacy services, I believe this strategy will support our ambition to deliver world-class pharmaceutical care. The commitments and actions in this strategy will help the public and professions alike realise the true value that pharmacy can bring to our communities and daily lives.”

Click here to view the strategy