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Have your say: local support for the profession

Steve Churton

Nigel Clarke

Steve Churton
President, RPSGB

Nigel Clarke
Chairman, TransCom

We believe it is vital to seek your opinion and actively involve you in the process of developing a membership-focused professional body for pharmacy. Please think of these surveys as a series of conversations in which we are following through on our commitment to ask for, listen to and, more importantly, act on your views. We are interested in what you think, and already your views, captured from the first survey on membership categories. have shaped the membership structure proposed by the Transitional Committee.

This second survey aims to gauge your views on the local support networks currently provided by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the types of support you are looking for from a new professional body.

The Society currently has 121 branches providing a local focus for professional and educational matters. There are also 11 regions in England, which act as a link between the branches and the Society’s Council and co-ordinate larger-scale public relations activities.

Branches have traditionally been viewed as an important part of the Society’s network. With the development of a new professional body it is essential to understand what you need, want and expect from these networks in terms of types of support required, their usefulness and accessibility. Everyone’s opinions count, not just those of people who currently use the branch network.

Different types of professional support and different delivery mechanisms (meetings, web-based networking etc) will have different cost implications. Once we have a clearer idea of what types of support members of the new professional body want and how they want it delivered, it will be possible to cost that support.

As previously stated these surveys do not take the place of any formal consultation that will need to take place after the prospectus for the professional body is published. However, they do play an important role in ensuring that the prospectus covers the services and support you want and need as a professional.

We would therefore appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete the online survey.

Thank you for participating in this important next stage in the development of the new professional body.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10032954

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