During May 2018, 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 opens on 30 April and closes on 18 May 2018.
Letters from the candidates
Since I put my name forward to join the English Pharmacy Board, I’ve received some great, thought-provoking questions on Twitter, Telegram and other networks. Please keep them coming. Here are a few that have been popping up: What is your opinion of technician-led dispensaries?
Emerging technology simultaneously represents some of the biggest threats to pharmacy as we know it, as well as being one of our biggest opportunities. So, what do we — as pharmacists and representatives of pharmacy — do?
I would like to see all pharmacists accepted as clinicians, therefore my vision for the next three years will be to support the development of a clinical-based service contract for community pharmacy, where they can extend their knowledge and capitalise on providing long-term chronic conditions for better patient outcomes and, of course, increased job satisfaction.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society exists to improve the the profession of pharmacy throughout GB and be a magnet for pharmacists who care. It’s truly quite unique as the only body for pharmacy and all sectors. While our diversity is a huge strength, we must also vigorously meet all of our members’ expectations, aims and aspirations!
As a hospital pharmacist specialising in education, training and development, my particular area of interest is in workforce development. My vision for the future of pharmacy over the next five years is for pharmacy to be fully integrated in the health care system across patient pathways from cradle to grave. This requires a sustainable, capable, adaptable, responsive and flexible (SCARF) workforce. Pharmacists to be recognised as medicines experts and scientific professionals. This ...
Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) membership covers all sectors and pharmacy students / preregistration pharmacist who are our future. However, when talking to non-members and members, many ask what the point of the RPS is.
The pharmacy profession is experiencing challenging times and it is important to work cohesively with different healthcare sectors. I have extensive experience in community pharmacy and GP practice, and have a wide range of pharmacy professionals in my social network. Therefore I’m well versed with issues and problems faced by our profession, and the new and emerging roles we have. Building bridges between different sectors is the key to success and many more services can be provided ...
I would like to express how proud I am to be a member of this profession. You, my colleagues, work incredibly hard every day. Whichever sector, your work ultimately benefits patients. I’ve championed pharmacy by utilising the media, but I could not do this without the pride I feel of being a member of this profession, working alongside you. I want to ensure that you have a voice.
Workloads within community pharmacies are pushing pharmacists to breaking point. Cuts to funding by NHS England have compounded this and pharmacists are caught in a perfect storm of rising workload and falling resources. At some point, something will give. This mustn’t be patient safety. We need action now!
NHS England is increasingly recognising pharmacists’ expertise, but for the value of pharmacy to be fully recognised we must ensure that all we do is underpinned by evidence. The evidence base for new services and roles is really important and we must ensure that pharmacists are all involved in collecting data for research and evidence-based practice.
As the only practising hospital pharmacist currently on the English Pharmacy Board, I am acutely aware that the voice of hospital pharmacy needs to be represented at this level. In the three years that I have been on the Board, the transformation in pharmacy and the call for pharmacists to be recognised as medicines experts is ever increasing. From my perspective, the cuts in funding for community pharmacy have dealt a hammer blow to the health and care system at a time when accessible ...
I am standing to support pharmacists and develop our profession.
Pharmacy as a profession is currently undergoing a substantial and challenging period of change. This change is both financial and role defining for the future of pharmacy. We are living in a world of increased expectation and instant service, ageing population, struggling GP recruitment in primary care and an NHS struggling to meet the demands of patients and the public in many areas.
Thank you for taking some of your time. I am Hala Jawad, a University of Brighton MPharm graduate and a member of the Society for almost four years. I am delighted to be standing for election as an English Pharmacy Board member.
The RPS is for every sector, all ages, all backgrounds, all pharmacists. A threat to one is a threat to the profession. Yet not every pharmacist is a member. In fact, many younger members of the profession actively choose not to renew, one year post-registration.
What do I mean by moving forward together? I mean recognising that community pharmacy is in crisis and we must work collectively to change our future. The savage cuts to funding with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) taking a scythe to our income in 2017 mean many are facing an existential crisis. 2018 will be a make-or-break year for community pharmacy. We need our RPS to immediately recognise this and work with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), ...
Pharmacy is a vibrant profession filled with passionate professionals who care deeply about the public that they serve. Whether we are prescribing, designing or supplying medicines, that diverse vibrancy is our strength.
Last year I wrote in the The Pharmaceutical Journal that the RPS must better showcase its roles, profiles and ambitions on behalf of the profession and compassionately engage with all of its membership — retired and practising, to make our professional leadership body fit for purpose. Or we’ll lose more members, influence and relevancy.
The RPS has an increasing role in developing competency frameworks and supporting foundation, advanced and consultant practice (through guidance and accreditation of standards). Pharmacy practice is becoming more patient-focused in the delivery of clinical care. Pharmacists see more people with multiple long-term conditions who need complex support to take their medicines. Pharmacists in community and primary care will increasingly do much of the work that GPs did 20 years ago. They ...
Voting for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English and Welsh Pharmacy Board elections 2018 is now open.
The following nominations have been received for the forthcoming Royal Pharmaceutical Society national pharmacy board elections.
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Members are reminded that the deadline for nominations to the national pharmacy boards is noon on 5 April 2018 and the deadline for updating voting preferences is 17:00 on 6 April 2018.