By Professor John A Cromarty, Chair, Scottish Pharmacy Board and Alex MacKinnon, Director for Scotland
Thanks to the continued support of our members, we were able to make many significant achievements in 2013. A key accomplishment was our input to the Wilson and Barber Review of NHS Pharmaceutical Care of Patients in the Community in Scotland. The Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society was a key stakeholder in the review and we are delighted that most of our ambitions and aspirations for the pharmacy profession in Scotland have been delivered within the Prescription for Excellence vision and action plan.
Similarly, we were pleased that we were able to positively influence the tone of the debate on opioid replacement therapies after media coverage questioning the integrity of the many community pharmacists who provide professional services to patients with drug misuse problems.
2013 also saw the launch of the Faculty, one of the most important professional developments for the profession, and we hope you have had the opportunity to engage with it.
The Scottish Pharmacy Board is committed to advancing the profession of pharmacy for public and patient benefit to secure the future of our members and of the pharmacy profession in Scotland. Our ambitions for 2014 focus on priority areas including:
- Improving medicines safety and patient safety
- Improving the pharmaceutical care of people in care homes and people with dementia
- Working with the Royal College of General Practitioners to improve the care of patients
- Developing pharmaceutical public health
- The development of stronger relations with patients and the public in order to support pharmacists’ future clinical role
We are working to address the workforce pressures and issues facing pharmacy and the challenges of making sure the Medicines Rebalancing work, currently underway, secures the present and delivers for the future.
We also play a vital leadership and advocacy role on your behalf engaging with government, the NHS and other key stakeholders to ensure that pharmacy’s positioning is maximised within the NHS healthcare team and within the health and social care integration agenda.
We are absolutely committed to delivering high-quality support services, resources, guidance and advocacy. Our strength comes from your support, and with it we can do even more for our members and for the future of the profession.
To continue your professional journey in 2014, simply renew online, using your membership number and password, or call us on 0845 257 2570.
If you’re not currently a member, find out more about our membership benefits.
Thank you for your support over the past year. We look forward to sharing another year of membership with you.