RPSGB publishes report on the future of pharmacy

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain has published a new report, which provides a thorough analysis of the factors that are likely to affect the demand for pharmacy services and the supply of qualified pharmacists in to the future.

New report on the future of pharmacy
New report on the future of pharmacy

The report, Future pharmacy workforce requirements; workforce modelling and policy recommendations, was the result of a study to develop a proactive and responsive workforce and modelling system for analysing future workforce needs in pharmacy, to identify the factors affecting the supply of pharmacists and to make recommendations on how future supply and demand could be managed.

The work was commissioned by the Pharmacy Workforce Planning and Policy Advisory Group, and led by Professor David Guest, Kings College London.

 

Workforce model
The major outcome of the programme is a sophisticated workforce model. The model is based on information derived from the Society's Pharmacy Workforce Census (2002 and 2003) and shows that the future demand for pharmacist services is likely to outstrip increases in supply across employment sectors.

 

To address the immediate under supply, the report makes a number of recommendations to help employers to develop employment policies to meet the emerging workforce challenges, including:

  • Improving recruitment and retention practices
  • Raising the profile of pharmacy as a career choice
  • Changing the work environment by reviewing the skill mix and use of technology, and providing flexible working hours and work-life balance initiatives.
Dr Sue Ambler, Head of Research and Development at the Society, said: ‘Determining the nature and distribution of the current pharmacy workforce in terms of both supply and demand to inform future workforce planning and commissioning are vital to the profession. The study aimed to develop a proactive and responsive workforce and modelling system for analysing future workforce needs in pharmacy, and the model will be updated with new data and emerging policy scenarios, providing a vital planning tool for the future of the profession.'

The full report can be downloaded for the Society's website (PDF link).

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