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Those ‘timid about inclusion’ will not succeed, delegates hear at RPS’s first BAME event


Inclusion is not just about sticking in more BAME Pharmacists or counting numbers. You need to look at the quality of jobs being offered to them. How many ethnic minority pharmacists are in full time contracted secure employment? How many ethnic minorities are there in different sectors of pharmacy? These are the things you need to look at. From what i can see, ethnic minorities will not really move beyond high street retail pharmacy. This is the glass ceiling where most ethnic careers begin and end. I am a Pharmacist with a Law degree and whilst applying for Law training contracts with Law firms i noticed that both the Pharmacy and Law professions have a hierarchy that favours middle class professionals mostly privately educated. Ethnic minorities statistically don't fair very well there and most self fund further training (LPC) and have poor employment prospects with bigger city firms. The quality of jobs and training opportunities offered to them generally are poorer with poorer prospects compared to their white colleagues. The GPhC a few years ago stated that they may in the future require students to pay for their own pre reg placements. If this were to happen it may well move in the direction of the Law society, where ethnic minorities will in most cases end up having to self fund their own training, only to end up in high street retail pharmacy. You will need to make sure that ethnic minorities have equal access to good quality training and have the same career prospects as everybody else. Again it is not just about counting numbers; but more about the quality of jobs and career prospects available to them.

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24 OCT 2019

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