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Roles of pharmacists in the early stages of their careers

We are working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to analyse the roles of pharmacists in the early stages of their careers.


We have asked the Work Psychology Group (WPG) to lead on the work, which will reflect roles in all four UK health systems. The WPG have now completed the initial role analysis of early career pharmacists that included desk research as well as interviews and focus groups with a range of pharmacy stakeholders. The WPG is now undertaking a survey asking participants for their views on of a range of behaviours and attributes considered important for early career pharmacists to possess. These findings are being used by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to develop a draft Foundation Pharmacist framework.

On behalf of the RPS, we would invite individuals from across the pharmacy profession, as well as other healthcare professions, to complete this short survey. The survey will be available until the 28 February 2019 and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

HEE will use findings to inform our pharmacy education and training review.

Commenting, Roz Cheeseman, Pharmacy Dean said

The role analysis work will provide a valuable piece of evidence to inform a model for developing pharmacists during the early stages of their career. It will feed into HEE’s pharmacy review by informing the development of a common, sustainable education and training pathway for pharmacists so they can have a greater impact on patient care earlier in their career.  In drawing on a breadth of evidence from various pharmacy settings, this work will highlight multiple ways of working and inform more integrated models of practising across diverse health care systems.


Gail Fleming, Director of Education, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said

This work is an important key step in realising our ambition to ensure that all pharmacists have access to high quality training and supervision in their early post registration years. It will help to assure that RPS Frameworks and curricula remain current and applicable across a broad range of settings benefitting both our members and the patients they care for.