Building your Portfolio
Aspiring to Excellence in Pharmacy
RPS Professional Recognition Programme
I. What is the Faculty?
II. How to use the Advanced Pharmacy Framework and
professional Curricula?
III. How does the Faculty fit with: CPD, CFTP & You
IV. How to build your Advanced Practice Portfolio (APP)?
V. Q&A
What is the Faculty?
Background to the Faculty
Research carried out amongst pharmacist told us:
Flexible and consistent method of professional recognition of what they
do in practice wherever they work
Need to provide evidence of capability to patients, the public, to
commissioners and to employers as well as effectiveness
They wanted a way of their experience and practice being recognised
since the whole workforce is more mobile
The launch of the RPS Faculty
The first profession – wide
pharmacy professional recognition programme
Background to the Faculty
Professional recognition requires
• Frameworks to give guidance on knowledge, skills, experiences and
behaviours for career advancement
• Access to professional curricula that underpin advanced practice
• Access to high quality accredited or endorsed resources
• Credentialing of an individuals attainment (e.g awarding of postnominals)
The RPS Faculty does exactly this by:
• Enabling you to work towards and obtain consistent and validated
professional recognition of advanced practice
• Provides support in one body
Supporting pharmacists to be the best they can be
What are Frameworks and Curricula
The Advanced Pharmacy Framework
Development framework for pharmacists
• Used to identify where you are in your
• Helps build a portfolio that demonstrates
Cluster of the APF
6 generic clusters covering
• Expert professional practice
• Collaborative working relationships
• Leadership
• Management
• Education, training and development
• Research & evaluation
Each competency described at three stages of development
Advanced Stage I, Advanced Stage II and Mastery
Stage of Advanced Practice
Stage I
– Established
Established in a role, performing well, advanced
beyond foundation years or at early stages of
specialisation and advancement
Stage II
– Excellent
An expert in an area of practice, experienced.
Routinely manages complex situations and a
recognised leader locally/regionally
Recognised leader in community or primary care;
– Exceptional equivalent leads in hospital, business / corporate
leadership roles in industry; business or leader in
community. A nationally recognised leader in an
area of expertise
Professional Curricula
• Knowledge, skills, behaviours and
experiences that define practice in an
• 5 Core curricula
• Specialist Expert Practice Curricula
• Mapped to APF & stages
• Examples of evidence across sectors
• Syllabus
• Not prescriptive but options- what is
relevant to you
RPS Assembly
Faculty Board
Strategic direction setting and oversight, with a particular concern for the RPS reputation (related to quality/rigour) and resource
Accountable to RPS Assembly
Quality Assurance Panels
Professional Curricula
Professional Credentialing
Professional Accreditation
Stewards of curricula/syllabus
for professional development
beyond registration alignment
of both assessments and
Stewards of standards/principles for
assessment processes/outputs alongside
development, monitoring and ratification
of recognition recommendations.
Stewards of standards/principles
for assessment centres, assessors
and education and development
providers; development,
monitoring and accreditation.
Reports to Faculty Board
Reports to Faculty Board
Reports to Faculty Board
RPS Faculty Partners
Meets the Faculty Standards through provision of expertise/education/assessments/reviews.
Reports to quality assurance panels above
What is actually involved?
Step 1: Complete eligibility statement
All RPS Members with two years post registration practice
included in RPS membership
Gives you access to:
• Tools that identify what you need to know and do at different stages
• Development frameworks- the Advanced Pharmacy Framework
• Specialist and Core Professional Curricula
• E-Portfolio- the Advanced Practice Portfolio
• Mentoring & access to experts
• Professional guidance, webinars, videos, Quick Guides, handbooks
• Signposting to accredited education & training
• Networks
• Peer assessment with feedback and PDP
• RPS Support team can help via telephone, email or website
Step 2: Faculty Assessment
You have to complete the following three elements:
I.A practice-based portfolio, using the Advanced Practice Portfolio
II.Peer Assessment or Review using the Faculty Peer Testimonial Form -assess
how you work with others
III.Expert Practice Assessment- by peers, reflect your area of practice, using
‘case based discussion’
(in the RPE route for those with 10 years or more this is via your CV)
On completion these documents are submitted for assessment by two
trained Faculty Assessors
Step 3: Assessment Outcome
After independently assessing your portfolio the assessors will
agree on a designated staging.
Faculty Stage
Faculty PostNominals
Advanced Stage I
Advanced Stage II
Step 3: Assessment Outcome
The assessment recommendations are ratified by the Faculty Credentialing
You will then be awarded your post-nominals
Become a Member of the Faculty
Given feedback from the assessors in the form of a Professional
Development Plan
Assessment and post-nominals are valid for 5 years – then undergo process
RPS Vision for
Foundation Practice
Foundation Practice
Providing members with support and guidance
between their pre-registration training and access to the Faculty.
New offer to include:
– A Foundation Practice Framework
– A Foundation Practice Handbook
– An e-portfolio (The Foundation Practice Portfolio)
– Work based assessment tools:
• intervention logs
• further benefit of evidence gathering and building the research
• Multisource feedback for peer assessment
• Evidence of clinical experience
• Preparation for Faculty
Foundation Programme
Foundation Practice
The Foundation Pharmacy Framework
and Handbook will be:
The road map for foundation practice
The map for knowledge, behaviours ,skills and
value in early years
III. The
IV. The comprehensive set of behaviours and
values for those starting out on their careers,
wanting to move sectors or return to practice
after a career break
V. The starter guide to facilitate CPD in
foundation practice
VI. The support guide for tutors, supervisors,
mentors to easily identify gaps in knowledge
and skills, and development needs
VII. The introduction to set of support tools to help
assess and identify strengths and weaknesses
and how to develop further
Foundation Programme
Foundation Practice
The Foundation Pharmacy Framework
and Handbook will also be:
A resource for those returning to
practice after maternity leave or a
career break
II. A resource for those changing
sector or planning locum work
III. A resource for those involved in
foundation years pharmacists
IV. A resource for Employers
How does the Faculty fit?
How this fits with
Continuing Fitness to Practice
• RPS Faculty will support pharmacists through the GPhC’s
Continuing Fitness to Practice (CFTP) requirements
• The CFTP framework is made up of three components: CPD
review, peer review and external performance indicators
• The RPS Faculty have been in close discussions with GPhC
around these plans and have ensured that all methods of
Faculty assessment (peer review and external performance
indicators in the form of the Advanced Practice Framework)
would be a clear quality marker for revalidation of Members
How does this fit with you….
• Recognise your development, advancement or specialism
• Demonstrate to others your stage of development/quality of service
• reassure patients, colleagues and employers
• Adds authority beyond your job title
• Better positioning for promotion or extended roles
• Quality assurance for commissioners and GPs
• Support to advance your professional practice
• Portfolio for reflection, planning CPD, for appraisal with your
• Personal PDP
• Prepare for CFTP
• Access networks and established groups
Getting started
Getting started
Where to start finding your evidence?
Your portfolio :
• Did you update a portfolio for your last interview, or course (e.g. prescribing)?
• CPD portfolio
Do you have a collection of achievements you’re proud of from your recent career?
• These may be specific roles or projects that have been successfully completed or
can be on-going
Look at your CV / job (or course) applications- a list of your major achievements
• Your Job descriptions: duties or responsibilities that show you have progressed
beyond foundation years
Appraisal/ performance reviews can be a useful archive of the projects you have
been involved in
What makes good evidence?
• Your best work- only highest stage not all stages
• Entry can describe a role, project etc rather than document/
certificate: demonstrate your advanced work in practice
• Describe your contribution- in terms of the competencies it
maps to
• 1-2 best evidence for each competency, not everything you
have done
• Brief/ succinct & to the point- focus on how you demonstrated
• Keep ‘hard evidence’ to back up APP entry (for face to face
E.g. documents, feedback, emails, reports
Add entry to the APP
Map entry
Map via Framework
Call to Action…
• Put your own development first
• Stand up and be recognised
• Support the Faculty (your Royal College)
• Engage with pharmacists in your different roles and spread the
work about the Faculty
• Think about how you can use the Faculty to help others
(undergraduates, newly qualified, returning to practice)
Supporting pharmacists to be the best they can be
Any Questions?

Building your Portfolio