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RPS National Pharmacy Board Elections 2017 – voting now open


During May 2017, members and fellows of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) will vote to elect candidates to the National Pharmacy Board. Read letters from the hopefuls on this special election page. Voting is now open. Voting closes 26 May.


Scottish Pharmacy Board election 2017 resultSubscription

31 MAY 2017

The final counting of votes for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society elections 2017 took place immediately following the close of poll at 5pm on 26 May 2017. A breakdown of the result and turnout for Scotland.

English Pharmacy Board election 2017 resultSubscription

31 MAY 2017

The final counting of votes for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society elections 2017 took place immediately following the close of poll at 5pm on 26 May 2017. A breakdown of the result and turnout for England.

Candidates for the 2017 elections to the national pharmacy boardsSubscription

6 APR 2017

The following nominations have been received for the forthcoming Royal Pharmaceutical Society national pharmacy board elections.

National Pharmacy Boards Elections 2017Subscription

20 FEB 2017

Closure of electoral roll and deadline for updating voting preferences.

Letters from the candidates

The future of the RPS depends on member engagementSubscription

6 JUN 2017By Steve Churton

In light of the pitiful turnout for the recent Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) pharmacy board elections, it is timely to give some serious thought to the relationship between the RPS and its members. I was hopeful for a healthy turnout, given the ‘noise’ of social media activity, but it seems those participating represented a small minority ...

Working together to find solutionsSubscription

12 MAY 2017By

On 8 May 2017, some local practice forum (LPF) steering group members called upon the candidates in the national pharmacy board elections to recognise the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and publicly support LPFs. Over the past two years I have visited many LPFs and have been ...

Engaging both members and non-membersSubscription

12 MAY 2017By

Over the past few weeks, I have been delighted to see a higher level of engagement than has probably been seen in the past. Much of this has been through modern social media routes such as Twitter and Telegram. This is something the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) should investigate further to see how it utilises these media to maximise the engagement with members and non-members that utilise these media routes. The debate has been challenging and maybe some of it has drifted into ...

RPS needs to focus more on the needs of its membersSubscription

12 MAY 2017By Alisdair Macintyre

So much of the work done by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is positive and I greatly appreciate this, but to retain and grow the membership, we must focus more on the needs and wants of the members. The work around the Faculty is a case in point. Most grassroots members I know can see no current value in joining and building a Faculty portfolio. With the introduction of General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) revalidation, members will look to the RPS for support.

The time for action is nowSubscription

12 MAY 2017By Brendon Jiang

The writing is on the wall or, to be more precise, the writing is in the ‘Five year forward view’, the Murray report and your local sustainability and transformation plans (STPs).

Mental health awareness week: bullying in the pharmacySubscription

12 MAY 2017By Sally Rose

“Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it’s critical to well-being.” — Diane Abbott

I don’t want a profession without a voiceSubscription

11 MAY 2017By Ian Fraser

I dream of a day when newsbites don’t begin with: ‘The strain on the doctors and nurses…’, but instead states: ‘The doctors, pharmacists, and nurses…’.

One true voice for pharmacySubscription

11 MAY 2017By

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) must overtly support all sectors of our profession, address our issues and capitalise upon opportunities.

Media revelations: trust your pharmacist supported by the RPSSubscription

11 MAY 2017By Mark Collins

The latest media revelations advising that taking “even short courses of certain painkillers increased the risks of heart attacks” shows how important it is for pharmacists to be accessible as trusted healthcare professionals. Unfortunately in this era of media hype, social media hysteria, and ‘Doctor Google’, patients and customers often have misinformation overload. This means that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), in its unique position as leader of the profession, must take ...

What makes a good quality RPS pharmacy board memberSubscription

11 MAY 2017By

Following my first full term I have been reflecting on my time as a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board member and the opportunities still to be realised.

Have you voted yet?Subscription

11 MAY 2017By Jane Devenish

In the heat of general election fever, it would be easy to get voter fatigue. But the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) national pharmacy board elections closing on 26 May 2017 could determine the future direction of the RPS. Successful candidates will hold the post for three years, and with the current pace of healthcare change, this is a crucial decision for our profession, so make your vote count! Nothing will change if you do not do anything differently, so vote for someone passionate ...

I want a professional body that works for everyoneSubscription

9 MAY 2017By

I hope colleagues will forgive my reference to the Theresa May rhetoric, but as a community pharmacist I have to ask, is the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) really working for me? It seems that the RPS is obsessed with the practice pharmacist initiative (which, I agree, is excellent) but the implementation to date has been to benefit the few (2,000 practice pharmacists) at the expense of the many (around 30,000 community pharmacists).

How to deal with the downward spiral of pharmacySubscription

9 MAY 2017By

Pharmacist unemployment is a real issue. An oversupply pushes down wages and quality, and can impact on professionalism.

Dear Mr Hunt, do you know what we do?Subscription

8 MAY 2017By David Gallier-Harris

Dear Jeremy Hunt, I am a community pharmacist. You want to cut our funding and I am not convinced you know what we do so I would like to tell you a story to explain what your proposals are really doing.

Let's have an open and frank discussion about what we want from the RPSSubscription

5 MAY 2017By

Many pharmacists I have spoken to agree that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has lost touch with its members and that The Pharmaceutical Journal is irrelevant to them. These are seasoned pharmacists with years of experience and significant responsibility within the areas in which they work.

RPS board members must champion our aspirationsSubscription

27 APR 2017By

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) may struggle to engage its membership, particularly those early in their careers. To find solutions, it is natural to look to the elder statesmen of the profession. However, the next generation of pharmacists are watching this RPS election with a keen eye. Although I have no vote, I hope to see board members elected who will take account of our aspirations and expectations. Undoubtedly, the profession and the Society face mounting challenges and ...

Making pharmacy the first point of contact for patientsSubscription

26 APR 2017By Hala Jawad

Hello my name is Hala Jawad. I have a special interest in public health and improving patient outcomes. I am delighted to be standing for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board elections in 2017.

Preparing our future pharmacistsSubscription

25 APR 2017By

The profession is undergoing uncertainty and change but this represents an opportunity for us to promote and embed new ways of working.

Pharmacists working together to alleviate stressSubscription

12 APR 2017By Mark Collins

Pharmacist front-line working is increasingly stressful. Unfortunately there are a multitude of external pressures that we have little or no control over. But I believe there is one area we can control: how we work with our fellow pharmacists.

Pharmacy, alchemy and endless possibilitiesSubscription

12 APR 2017By Sally Rose

“This is alchemy, and this is the office of Vulcan; he is the apothecary and chemist of the medicine.”


The qualities of candidates I want to see elected onto the RPS national pharmacy boardsSubscription

12 APR 2017By Junel Ahmed

Members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society national pharmacy boards should be capable professionals who are reputable and are willing to make changes for the benefit for the profession. We need our representatives on the boards to make a positive impact on our profession and perspective.

Useful information

  • Voting opens 4 May.
  • Voting closes 26 May, 5pm.
  • Find out more about the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's National Pharmacy Board Elections here.

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