RPS Wales has set out its key asks to improve patient care in its manifesto ahead of the 2021 Welsh Parliament elections. The document, A Manifesto for Pharmacy in Wales, calls on political parties to commit to improving patient care by investing in the growth and sustainability of pharmacy in Wales.
The Welsh Manifesto outlines eight calls to action to deliver greater patient benefit from pharmacy. Furthering the development of pharmacist independent prescribing with pharmacist access to shared patient records are key changes being called for to increase quality of patient care, improve medicines safety and to support future capacity across the NHS system.
The RPS also wants to see action taken during the next term of the Welsh Government to ensure patients can access new and emerging technologies. Investment in the training of the pharmacy team is being asked for to deliver pharmacogenomic therapies and personalised medicines safely and effectively across all sectors.
Supporting and developing the pharmacy workforce is also a high priority for RPS Wales. The next Welsh Government is being called on to establish protected learning and teaching time for pharmacists in line with other health professions to ensure the profession remains at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical care. An investment in the health and wellbeing of pharmacists is also being called for with access to NHS funded wellbeing support being made secured for all pharmacists, regardless of which sector they work in.
Commenting on the launch of the manifesto, Suzanne Scott-Thomas, Chair of the RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board said:
“This is an important time for pharmacy in Wales and it is vital that the recent challenges and learning of the pandemic are built upon. A Manifesto for Pharmacy in Wales has reflected on our learning to date and has put forward a set of priorities which focus on improving the public and patient experience and the sustainability and growth for the pharmacy profession. While pharmacy has benefited from the policies of the current Welsh Government over recent years, we must continue to outline a clear course of action to the future Welsh administration so that citizens are able to increasingly benefit from the skills and knowledge of the pharmacy team”