The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has begun to produce its first ever ‘Professional Standards for Community Pharmacy Services’.

A consultation has begun to determine the standards that will set out best practice across the sector and encourage consistent, high quality patient care.

The 18-month project involves consultation with community pharmacists, pharmacy teams, patients and the public to define good practice and effective systems, and will be developed in line within the gold standard of NICE accreditation.

The standards will provide a framework which will support pharmacy teams to continually improve the care they deliver, aiming to help create safer, more consistent services within and between providers, and inspire trust with the multidisciplinary team.

RPS director of pharmacy and member experience Robbie Turner said:

“Delivery of quality services is the bedrock of being a pharmacy professional. This is a genuinely exciting project which help drive quality and enable teams to know what they are aiming for, and that they are doing the right thing. We all need to know what good looks like so we can aim high.

“The standards will improve and shape future services, and so help with the development of new opportunities for pharmacists.  Organisations that use and measure themselves against professional standards are more likely to provide good care, which is ultimately what all pharmacists and patients want.”

The consultation events will begin on the January 26 in London, followed by events in Glasgow on January 22 and Cardiff on February 7.