The 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) national board elections are currently underway. A total of 21 candidates have been nominated across England, Scotland and Wales with 12 places up for grabs on the boards. However, in previous years voting turnouts for the elections have been disappointing. In 2015, just 11.7% of RPS members turned out to vote in the RPS English Pharmacy Board elections. Here, you will find all of our coverage of the 2016 elections, including the views of RPS members on the annual election process. Voting for the elections opens on 5 May 2016 and close at noon on 27 May 2016.
Ahead of nominations opening for 2016, Julia Robinson investigates the factors that influence whether or not RPS members decide to exercise their right to vote in national pharmacy board elections.
The aspirations in “Prescription for excellence”, the Scottish Government’s vision and action plan for the future of NHS pharmaceutical care in Scotland, are now emerging. New models of care are developing and service planners are considering how the future workforce can be supported with extended roles for all members of the pharmacy team.
I have been a long-time enthusiast for joint education at local and national levels for building working relationships and opening doors to new ways of working. While pharmacists work predominantly in silo — an enigma and largely invisible part of the NHS — we will struggle to convince commissioners of our value.
Our expertise is unique, built on a foundation of science, combined with clinical knowledge to improve the health of our nation. This century has seen a revolution in the way medicines are developed, with personalised medicines set to become the norm rather than the exception. We need to ensure that our profession is at the forefront of this revolution. I have spent over a quarter of a century in science and industry and now, more than ever, I am convinced that our profession is the ...
MURs and the NMS re-engineeredSubscription
In my election statement I called for the new medicine service (NMS) and medicines use reviews (MURs) to become universal components of more clinically orientated community pharmacy service. Despite the adverse publicity and claims of their use to achieve targets for remuneration, my stance is not that they need to be abandoned but they are re-engineered to take account of the changing situation in primary care. Issues include: pharmacists workload; the impact of the Health and Social ...
One key challenge that the profession — and hence the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) — has is its lack of unity, real or perceived. Yes, it has multi-sector representation, all of which will have different perspectives but, surely, we all work towards the same ending: the provision of high quality pharmaceutical care. This lack of unity wastes time, energy, focus and opportunity, and is often used against the profession to divide and rule.
The government recently announced £112m investment to create 1,500 more clinical pharmacist posts in GP surgeries. Although I support the extended role of the pharmacist across all settings, I struggle to understand the move at a time when community pharmacies are having their budget cut by £170m. The initial pilot of providing more pharmacists in GP surgeries (announced late in 2015) is still being evaluated, yet despite no evidence being published, national funding has been made available. The
Uniting community pharmacySubscription
In December 2015, the Department of Health (DH) and NHS England notified the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee of changes they intended to make to the remuneration of community pharmacies. The response to these proposals is unprecedented. At the time of writing, more than half a million people have signed a petition asking the DH to reconsider these changes, ...
Campaigning for write access to patient recordsSubscription
Tuesday 14 January 2014 marked the beginning of the journey for pharmacists to gain full read-and-write access to patient records.
Autonomous working underpinned by excellenceSubscription
Prescription for Excellence built on the careful work of previous generations of pharmacists and will serve to support pharmacy in Scotland, which has a world leading pharmacy service and infrastructure. This will happen if we take the chance to deliver pharmaceutical care in new and innovative ways. There will be no ‘red carpet’ and we cannot do this alone.
Better utilisation of pharmacists and implementation of medicines optimisation are what we all want but how do we make it happen? Integration is the key. We need joined up innovative pharmaceutical care pathways that support all patients and reward pharmacists for improving outcomes by better use of their clinical skills. This will provide value for the NHS, opportunities for pharmacists and better outcomes for patients.
Community pharmacist: the primary care expertsSubscription
The need for strong and bold leadership is greater than ever before. Never has the pharmacy profession been presented with a greater opportunity to prove its worth than now. Medicines optimisation is a step change in the way in which pharmacists can help patients live well with their long-term conditions, but of even greater importance is pharmacists, and in particular community pharmacists, delivering the public health agenda, empowering people to live healthy lives and reducing the ...
Pharmacists are making a huge contribution to improving the health of our nation. We are the most accessible healthcare profession bar none. Our clinical skills have never been better and they have never been more needed. The recent report demonstrating the phenomenal impact pharmacists are having in care homes is just the latest evidence of the value we deliver. Yet, at the point of what should be a golden age for pharmacy, the morale of our frontline pharmacists has never been lower. ...
Pharmacists: the alchemy of metamorphosisSubscription
15 April 2016 marked 175 years since the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was founded. Call me sentimental but I am in awe of the fact that the mantle passed down year to year is finally trusted to us, the current pharmacy body.
A new clinical model for community pharmacySubscription
I recently became a grandfather (twice) and have enjoyed meeting all the new parents who had children at the same time as my two daughters. Once they discover I am a pharmacist they are full of the praise for the help and assistance they have received from their local pharmacists.
Evidence should be our focus Subscription
We are now in a position of having to defend the value provided by all pharmacies — both in hospital and in community. Evidence will be our best defence. All our work should be underpinned by robust arguments and good data because, without these, we will never earn the respect that we all want for pharmacy. Pharmacy must evolve if it is to prosper — and better evidence will drive this.
Recent headlines have all been about the funding cuts for community pharmacy, which I have commented on previously (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2016;296:39), but the planned reforms go much deeper. The intention is to look at access with potential changes in the number and distribution of pharmacies; further integration into the ...
News and opinion
There was a 16.4% rise in the number of votes in the 2016 RPS national pharmacy board elections compared with 2015.
What should the RPS do to ensure the professional autonomy of its members isn’t adversely affected by the working conditions imposed by employers?Subscription
Candidates explain what they think the Royal Pharmaceutical Society should do to ensure the professional autonomy of its members isn’t adversely affected by the working conditions imposed by employers.
Candidates explain what their top two priorities will be if they are elected to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society pharmacy board.
The following nominations have been received for the forthcoming Royal Pharmaceutical Society national pharmacy board elections.
2016 elections to the national pharmacy boardsSubscription
Members are reminded that the deadline for nominations to the National Pharmacy Boards is noon on 1 April 2016 and the deadline for updating voting preferences is 5pm on 14 April 2016.
Breaking the cycle: the number of candidates for RPS national board elections needs to increase, as does the number of votersSubscription
Unless more members stand for RPS board elections, voter turnout is likely to remain low.
The scheme for the 2016 election provides for three places on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Welsh Pharmacy Board for members or Fellows who work or live wholly or mainly in Wales.
The scheme for the 2016 election provides for three places on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Pharmacy Board for members or Fellows who work or live wholly or mainly in Scotland. The eligibility criteria are set out below.