Nadia Bukhari, BPharm, FRPharmS, FHEA, PG Dip. Senior Teaching& Learning in Higher Education, Pre-registration Co-ordinator, UCL School of Pharmacy, UK


Foundation Practice is the knowledge, skills and behaviours that collectively form the building blocks for all pharmacists across all sectors. The Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF) provides a structured approach to paving the way for early practitioners to realise their competence, demonstrate their experience, facilitate advancement or develop special interests.

The Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF) supports to achieve the core skills, knowledge and behaviours that are essential for all pharmacy practitioners. A blend of these key components provides a baseline for safe and effective pharmacy practice which underpins all roles within pharmacy practice and ensures a foundation of essential skills which can be built on. The FPF can be used by all pharmacists at any career stage as a way of capturing experiences in practice and identifying learning gaps and areas for further development. As well as supporting foundation practice for individuals, the FPF can be used by education and training providers, employers and mentors to guide and set expectations for development.

The RPS Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) is a framework for identifying and recognising the stage of pharmacy practice.

Evidence supports its use across the profession, and more widely, for the development of both advanced and specialist practice, applicable to all who work in pharmacy.

The APF is intended for use once early or foundation years have been completed. It forms a useful supportive framework to gather evidence of advancement across the core competencies. It is also used as an enabling framework to ‘host’ a range of professional curricula which identify the key knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours, needed in different scopes of practice.


  • Describe the UK career road map for pharmacists
  • Understand the importance of professional development and recognition
  • Describe the career pathway from Foundation to the Royal College Faculty

Identify how Pharmacists in Oman can engage with the professional recognition programme