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Plans for RPS Faculty unveiled

By News team

Plans to launch a Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty this summer — a new initiative to provide members with support and recognition for advanced practice — have been unveiled by the Society today (16 January 2013).

The Faculty will open for membership in June and will offer a range of services to support professional development, including curricula, mentoring, online networks, directories of experience and a system for recording skills and expertise.

It will be open to RPS members who have completed their early years of practice and, although certain details are still in development, is likely to have three membership levels. To be recognised at each level, members will need to undertake an assessment based on their area of advanced practice.

Information about the Faculty is set out in the latest edition of "Professional matters", which was published on PJ Online today (16 January 2013) ahead of its appearance in this week’s PJ. In one article, RPS director of professional development and support Catherine Duggan explains that the system will make use of existing support tools, such as the Advanced to Consultant Level Framework.

"The RPS will be adopting this framework as the method for identifying and recognising your level of practice and adapting it for all sectors and home countries, building on what has worked by understanding the need for constant development of such tools," says Dr Duggan, who has led the development of the Faculty.

"Alongside this, we have been working with our specialist partners and experts in the profession to develop professional curricula specific to your area of practice, whether generalist or specialist, and will define what knowledge, skills and experience you need to develop and advance your practice."

Faculty will fully realise RPS’s "royal college" status

President of the Society Martin Astbury says the profession has been calling for an initiative like this for years, and the RPS has worked closely with the medical, nursing and other royal colleges to achieve it. "The RPS is already recognised outside the profession . . . as the ‘royal college’ for pharmacy. I believe the launch of the Faculty is the final cog in the wheel that allows us fully to make use of that . . . status," he says.

RPS chief executive Helen Gordon adds that the Faculty should help members develop their expertise in a way that will be readily recognised by their employers and by medical professions.

In further articles in this month’s Professional Matters, RPS national pharmacy board champions and a number of prominent members of the profession express support for the Faculty and set out how they expect it to improve pharmacists’ professional journeys.

Plans to develop a process of professional recognition for advanced practice were first announced by the Society at last year’s RPS conference (PJ 2012;289:282).

See also:

The Faculty is the future
Vox populi — what people are saying about professional recognition
What is the purpose of a professional recognition system for pharmacists?
The Society has plans afoot that will help you to stand out from the crowd

 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11115129

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