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Fly the flag for pharmacy

By Maureen O’Sullivan

Pharmacy has been challenged to start punching its weight in the wider healthcare system and make patients and the public more aware of its capabilities. In its recent report, the Commission on Future Models of Care proposed that some outward-looking leadership might do the job (see UPDATE). Indeed, the report is a much needed call to action.

But while all the big players look set to come together in a leaders’ forum to raise the profile of the profession to those outside it, there is plenty to be getting on with on the inside, too.   

At the recent United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association’s autumn symposium (Chester, 22–23 November) leadership ranked high on the agenda. Participants were reminded of the many ways in which they can show leadership: the experienced leading the newly qualified into the future of the profession by applying to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty and encouragement from the UKCPA chairman Mark Borthwick to “fly the flag” as experts in medicines, to name just two.  

So how is Clinical Pharmacist doing its bit to support leadership in pharmacy? This month, our COLUMNIST reflects on the outcomes of the “Wilson review” and how her work as one of the first independent prescribers in Scotland has helped shape the future of community pharmacy in Scotland.

Indeed, sharing knowledge and good practice with others is a great way that all pharmacists can show leadership, whether it is at a local, national or international level. One way to do this is by talking to others. Whether you are due to lead an education and training session at your workplace or you have been invited to present your work at a national conference, you may find this month’s CAREER DEVELOPMENT piece on perfecting your presentation skills useful.


Citation: Clinical Pharmacist DOI: 10.1211/CP.2013.11131199

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