Ash Soni elected president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Ash Soni, the community pharmacist member of the NHS Future Forum which advised the government on its health and care reforms, has been elected president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
Soni, vice chair of the English Pharmacy Board and an ex-chairman of the National Pharmacy Association, will hold the title for three years. He succeeds Martin Astbury.
Soni, clinical network lead for Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group in South London, said the role was a privilege and promised to seek recognition of the RPS Faculty as a cornerstone to revalidation and demonstration of continuing fitness to practise for pharmacists.
“The RPS is the champion of the whole profession and I feel immensely privileged to be leading the organisation at this time,” he said. “I will ensure that wherever possible I will promote the expertise that the RPS has and that we are a leader among leaders in the world of pharmacy.”
Soni reiterated the important role of the RPS Pharmaceutical Press, including The Pharmaceutical Journal, in promoting the skills of the profession.
“I will ensure I take every opportunity to promote the whole profession to health professionals and the public so the essential role we play in health and social care is better understood. Across all three nations and sectors, I will promote the profession’s role in patient safety, as well as our role in maximising health outcomes of the public we serve.”
Community pharmacist Sultan Dajani was re-elected as RPS treasurer by the RPS Assembly.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20065924
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