As a professional body, Pharmacy Forum NI is committed to partnership working to deliver initiatives, projects and campaigns designed to benefit and advance pharmacy practice, improve knowledge exchange and innovation and to enhance patient care and safety.

Pharmacy Forum NI is part of the United Kingdom delegation to the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), along with colleagues from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the National Pharmacy Association. The PGEU is the voice of Community Pharmacy in Brussels. Their main objective is to advance the contribution of Community Pharmacists to European health systems, society and individual patients.

As a member organisation, Pharmacy Forum NI is pleased to support the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA). Their objectives are to promote and disseminate the pharmaceutical sciences throughout the Commonwealth and to improve the quality and range of services offered there by professional pharmacists.

The 54 countries of the Commonwealth, cover a quarter of the earth’s landmass and is home to approximately one-third of the world’s population, half of whom are under the age of 25.

Pharmacy Forum NI continues to be ‘locally active and nationally minded’ by contributing to policymaking processes, consulting and working closely and collaboratively with our colleagues at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Examples of some of the activity in which the Forum is involved are the RPS Competency Framework for all Prescribers Task & Finish Group, the RPS Assessment Workstream, the RPS Curriculum Workstream; the review of the RPS Competency Framework for All Prescribers which we have endorsed as the national standard for independent prescribers and all other non-medical prescribers; the RPS publication, Professional Guidance: Expanding Prescribing Scope of Practice.