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a ballot box imageApril 26 2018

Polling will open on April 30 for elections to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Boards for England and Wales.

As part of the hustings process, Today’s Pharmacist have given all candidates a week to respond to five questions. Responses had to be received by 10am on Thursday 26 April. We heard back from 19 of the 22 candidates standing.

We are publishing the responses to each question separately.

Q1: What one change at the RPS could have the most impact on increasing RPS membership?

RPS England Board candidates: Name Response
 a RPS candidate Claire Anderson

Claire Anderson
@clairewynn

I think the support we are offering for revalidation including foundation and faculty portfolios will have a large impact.
 a RPS candidate Catherine Armstrong

Catherine Armstrong
@Titch1977

Offering Community Pharmacists a greater reason to join by championing the causes that matter to them.
 a RPS candidate Harry Cotterill

Harry Cotterill
@harry_cotterill

Being clear to all Pharmacists what it can and can not do as the ‘advocate of the profession’.
 a RPS candidate Sid Dajani

Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani
@SIDajani

‘Reducing workforce pressures’ Strategy – Suite of Services including individualised professional representation/support, revalidation tools, protected learning time, safer pharmacies, opposing remote supervision/ funding cuts etc.
 a RPS candidage Jane Devenish

Jane Devenish
@jane_dev

A more ‘human’ face and more interaction to help members and non-members engage. The free conference for members last year was a great start.
 a RPS candidate David Gallier Harris

David Gallier-Harris
@gallierharris

Increase the real-terms benefit to practice element for members. We need benefits which make our day-to-day practice easier and a justifiable investment.
 a RPS candidate Thorrun Govind

Thorrun Govind
@pharmthorrun

Looking at the cost of membership. More members paying a reduced fee would help strengthen numbers and clout.
  Tohidul Islam  
 a RPS candidate Hala Jawad

Hala Jawad
@jawad_hala

Grassroot involvement – make everyone feel part of the Society and that their voice or opinion counts, eg. by having easy access to a Board member.
 a RPS Candidate Asim Mirza

Asim Mirza
@asimthechemist

The RPS does a lot of incredible work but doesn’t seem to shout about its successes. An overview of the PR/marketing strategy is much needed.
 a RPS candidate Hemant Patel

Hemant Patel
@hemant1patel

Understanding the perceptions & emotions of members and non-members towards RPS. Market research is a necessary for drawing conclusions and making recommendations from that information.
 a RPS candidate Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley
@pharmaste_82

Increased investment into and bolstering the LPF networks. This is will increase local engagement, enabling practical support to develop local leaders and integrate pharmacy.
 a RPS candidate Paul Rutter

Paul Rutter
@paulrutter10

Clear vision with associated good communication to the profession
 a RPS candidate Aamer Safdar

Aamer Safdar
@asafdar1

Revalidation support for members and non-members using an RPS app under development to make recording CPD easier.

 

Q1: What one change at the RPS could have the most impact on increasing RPS membership?

RPS Wales Board candidates: Name  Response
  Michael Curson  
  Janet Gilbertson  
 a RPS candidate Jodie Gwenter

Jodie Gwenter
@jgwenter

Connecting with practice by listening to local champions, defining a vision and creating a sense of belonging.
 a RPS candidate Rafia Jamil Rafia Jamil Communication and visibility. As a pharmacy leadership entity, RPS needs to be approachable and visible to all pharmacists at all levels of practice, more than it is now.
 a RPS candidate Fiona Jones

Fiona Jones
@fajones7

Let’s connect pharmacists more, so maybe an RPS(Telegram) where members can link up, discuss issues, share good practice, resources and engage with board members.
 a RPS candidate Dylan Jones Dylan Jones RPS needs to communicate in a more engaging manner with all pharmacists to promote the work they are doing at the strategic level.
 a RPS candidate Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis
@lewis_68

If that was an easy question it would already be happening – a better website with more content useful to community pharmacists would be a start.
 a RPS candidate Cheryl Way

Cheryl Way
@Cheryl08756761

Engaging more directly with members to ensure the RPS is meeting their needs.

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

For more information about elections, visit the RPS National Board Elections page at: https://www.rpharms.com/about-us/how-we-are-run/national-pharmacy-board-elections

 

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