The King's Fund welcomes Lord Carter's plan to create Royal College for Pharmacy to oversee the profession

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Proposals from Lord Carter to set up two new bodies to oversee pharmacy have been welcomed by The King's Fund today as an important move to provide the leadership and regulation the profession needs for the 21st century.

The King's Fund Chief Executive Niall Dickson said: 'We are happy to have played our part in taking forward the debate with Lord Carter's independent working party and the pharmacy profession about future regulation and leadership. The resulting discussion showed overwhelming support for a Royal College to provide leadership, and to replace the present somewhat fragmented structure.

'Independent regulation and leadership brings the pharmacy profession in line with other health care professions. This is even more important today as the role of pharmacists continues to develop, with more patient care now delivered in community settings such as chemists.'

The King's Fund report, Professional Leadership in Pharmacy: Exploring the case for a Royal College for the pharmacy profession, says that the new Royal College will need a secure funding base to ensure its future and has suggested that a project board is set up that represents interests across the profession.

Niall Dickson added: 'The pharmacy profession now faces the challenge to build a shared vision that takes forward this unique opportunity to create a new institution as a centre of excellence.'

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  1. For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
  2. The King’s Fund hosted a seminar in April 2007 to explore professional leadership in pharmacy. The report of the seminar, Professional Leadership in Pharmacy: Exploring the case for a Royal College for the pharmacy profession is available from the press team.
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