Comment on: Why women who misuse drugs have different needs
Really good and useful article. Highly relevant to pharmacists viz smoking cessation, opioid substitution, needle exchange, bendodiazepines, alcohol misuse etc. Probably to NPs as well. Also excellent to link the dual strands of lack of gender parity in both practice and career issues. Pharmacy really needs to catch up with this, see Ovseiko et al. Health Research Policy and Systems (2016) 14:50
DOI 10.1186/s12961-016-0126-z .
Comment on: A new look for local engagement
The diversity of models available for England is definitely a positive change that takes account of innumerable local factors. However, if local engagement is to work, RPS must urgently find a solution to overcoming the catastrophic barriers to communication it introduced in April 2017. LPFs steering groups cannot possibly deliver engagement with RPS members when they are banned from contacting more than a handful of RPS members linked to the LPF. If LPFs are rightly to serve as places to meet and join with colleagues, the block preventing steering groups being able to inform RPS members of the local networking and development opportunities on offer to them must be removed.
Comment on: Using the new RPS website
This issue is extremely important in terms of the support expected by RPS members, and does merit a response from the governing body of the Society - the Assembly. Two London LPFs have submitted a question to the AGM and are desperately hoping for a constructive response that restores professionalism to contact between different specialist groupings instead of treating RPS members as no more than members of internet chat rooms. This would bring us back into line with comparable organisations.
Comment on: The RPS must stay in touch with the profession
There is little I would challenge regarding the above, except for the comment about the new Website. The arrangements made for the Networking section of the new site have been absolutely appalling. They are close to disastrous for networking and membership engagement. None are affected more than the LPF sites, where the routine communication options for the LPF forums have been consciously stripped out and discarded overnight. This, without warning, has left Steering Groups unable to communicate with their members and fulfil either their roles or obligations. I believe the outcome was not intended by the EPB, but it has happened on their watch. It has revealed that somewhere in the RPS organisation there is total ignorance of the everyday role that LPFs, and other networks play in providing a professional family for RPS members. I understand attempts to remedy the dreadful error are on going, but may be neither quick nor easy.
Comment on: Sex bias in drug research: a call for change
Good to see this. RPS, National Association of Women Pharmacists and the Medical Women's Federation highlighted all this at a conference at RPS HQ November 2011 - 'Blue Pill Pink Pill; does gender matter'. see report in http://www.nawp.org.uk/pdf/NAWP_%28January_2012%29.pdf
Hard to get much notice taken of the issue, though. (PJ didn't even report the meeting)