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Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

Rose Marie Parr is Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the Scottish Government - and Deputy Director, Pharmacy and Medicine Division in the Healthcare Quality and Strategy Directorate.

Rose Marie Parr, Chief Pharmaceutical OfficerRose Marie undertook her pharmacy undergraduate degree and postgraduate degrees at the School of Pharmacy at Strathclyde University Glasgow and her Doctorate in Education at Glasgow University.

She has worked in hospital pharmacy in the 1980-1990s in various posts in Lanarkshire Health Board and Forth Valley Health Board areas.

In 1993 she became the Director of Postgraduate Pharmacy Education for Scotland known as SCPPE (or SKIPPY) to pharmacists. SCPPE had a remit for all postgraduate education for pharmacists in the NHS.

In April 2002 SCPPE was brought together with other professional educational groups into the Special Health Board, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) which has a remit for all NHS staff in Scotland. Rose Marie Parr was the Director of Pharmacy for NHS Education for Scotland.

Rose Marie is also past Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) and a designated Fellow of the RPSGB and an Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty Fellow.

Rose Marie currently holds honorary Professorships at both Scottish Schools of Pharmacy; Strathclyde University in Glasgow and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Since June 1, 2015 Rose Marie has taken up the post of Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPO) for Scotland, and is the policy and professional lead for Pharmaceutical Care and the NHS Pharmaceutical services across Scotland.

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Role

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's primary role is to provide professional leadership to NHS pharmaceutical care in Scotland and policy lead for NHS pharmaceutical practice in the community, primary care, secondary care and public health.
Other key responsibilities include:

  • Chief professional advisor to Ministers and the Scottish Government
  • Policy for NHS pharmacy practice in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and public health Community Pharmacy Contract in Scotland
  • Policy on prescribing matters
  • Administration of the Medicine Act in Scotland