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RPS launches career development plan for newly registered pharmacists

By News team

Newly registered pharmacists who are members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society can now benefit from access to a competency framework and related resources to support their practice.

The new benefit was launched by the professional leadership body today (24 January 2014) and is called the RPS Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF). It will aid professional development in foundation practice across all sectors of pharmacy and will “bridge” the gap from first registering as a pharmacist to be being eligible to join the RPS’s Faculty as an advanced practitioner.

The FPF will also help pharmacists returning to pharmacy practice after a career break, those changing between different pharmacy sectors, and those planning to do locum work.

“It will help you identify where you are at the moment and how to develop. It is like a roadmap to advancing your career pathway,” Lesley Johnson, a faculty development lead at the RPS, told PJ Online.

Later this year, the RPS plans to launch an e-portfolio on its website and make available work-based assessment tools.

The portfolio will help pharmacists map their knowledge, experiences and skills against the framework to see where their weaknesses and strengths lie. It will also help pharmacists consider how to develop their practice.

The FPF is also expected to aid pharmacists in supervisory and tutoring roles.

It comprises four components: patient and pharmaceutical care; professional practice; personal practice; and management and organisation. Each cluster comprises competencies which are linked to a set of behavioural statements that define how that competency would be recognised.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11133303

Readers' comments (2)


  • This sounds like an excellent tool for keeping record of your acheivements and evidence of your competence as a pharmacist.


    I will definitely be using this in my practice as a community locum pharmacist. However, is the idea that an individual pharmacist has the record reviewed by a mentor/tutor?

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  • Thank you for your support and feedback Emma. 


    The FPF is designed to be used as a self assessment tool, but we do know how beneficial it is to discuss the evidence you have gathered with your mentor/tutor. This will give you an opportunity to ‘sense check’ your assessment, identify gaps in your knowledge and think through what you may need to focus on next. You could then work with your mentor/tutor to develop a personal development plan for your foundation practice and perhaps in the longer term advanced practice.


    Supporting and developing mentorship for all stages in your career or professional life is a priority for the RPS for 2014. Let us know how we can help. Contact us at support@rpharms.com .

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