Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.


Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Asim Mirza, National Pharmacy Board campaign letter

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?

There are currently over 1000 dispensing practices in England who don’t have to have a pharmacist. My experience in GP practices has shown me that each of those practices benefit with pharmacist involvement.

I don’t support any notion of a pharmacy not having a pharmacist on-site. A pharmacy without a pharmacist is not a pharmacy. However, I also have some insight into what the technology industry is doing and how this could reshape our notion of medication supply. Technology and systems evolve, and we need to be ready to evolve with them. That is why I am reluctant to draw a ‘red-line’ through it. We must not let pharmacy be bypassed. We must be included in emerging technologies.

I don’t think technician-led dispensaries are the real threat, it is emerging technology with respect to supply. But, it doesn’t have to be a threat, we just need to understand it and ensure that pharmacists shape it as opposed to an isolated team of software developers.

Pharmacy jobs are disappearing, only 1500 roles created in practice and some in care homes — where can we find a niche or new field?

I have been developing new pathways and services that utilise the expertise of pharmacists. This is not just GP pharmacist and care home pharmacist roles (both of which have been very successful, delivered amazing outcomes and embedded pharmacist services) but also exploring ways that pharmacists can be initiators, managers and end-points of digital health applications. My angle has been to look at existing funding streams and make commissioners realise that pharmacists can do a better job.

Why should members vote for you?

I think it’s important to vote for a candidate that represents you and the sector you work in. However, it is also important to vote for someone who is able to get things done. So, an ability to listen and connect with members — and potential members, and the know-how to get their viewpoint expressed to key decision makers is just as important. This is something I believe I bring to the table.


Asim Mirza, England

This is a campaign pledge for the 2018 National Pharmacy Board elections.

Voting opens on 30 April 2018 and closes on 18 May 2018.

For more information, please visit:

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20204740

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.