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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.

Q2: Who or what do you think is having the biggest influence on policy in pharmacy at present?

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

Claire Anderson
@clairewynn

NHS England is undoubtedly having the biggest influence, so very important that the EPB are working very closely with them and are in regular dialogue.
 a RPS candidate Catherine Armstrong

Catherine Armstrong
@Titch1977

Money/funding or the lack thereof combined with red tape and protectionism outside, and within, the profession.
 a RPS candidate Harry Cotterill

Harry Cotterill
@harry_cotterill

Other healthcare professionals who are better at lobbying for the same financial resource to achieve their aims.
 a RPS candidate Sid Dajani

Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani
@SIDajani

The Department of Health & Social Care flexing the Pharmacy Integrated Fund any way it wants and the implementation of various medicines optimisation policies.
 a RPS candidage Jane Devenish

Jane Devenish
@jane_dev

The Treasury. Funding is forcing change; potential mass closures, workload pressures and opportunities for new roles due to shortages of other professionals.
 a RPS candidate David Gallier Harris

David Gallier-Harris
@gallierharris

The biggest influence is the DHSC cuts to funding. This is driving the agenda. We must re-set the narrative – a crucial role for the RPS.
 a RPS candidate Thorrun Govind

Thorrun Govind
@pharmthorrun

The agenda of reducing pressure on GPs and A&Es is increasing pressure on community pharmacies. Funding needs to follow. We are a vital service.
  Tohidul Islam  
 a RPS candidate Hala Jawad

Hala Jawad
@jawad_hala

The funding allocated to pharmacy by the Government – financial constraints place a limit on what can be achieved with the funding available.
 a RPS Candidate Asim Mirza

Asim Mirza
@asimthechemist

Having witnessed technological systems being used and developed, I would suggest that technology is about to have a monumental influence on how we define our roles in the healthcare environment.
 a RPS candidate Hemant Patel

Hemant Patel
@hemant1patel

No one; there is a growing policy vacuum. That’s the main reason for my standing. Parliamentarians whilst sympathetic are disengaged from the failing NHS.
 a RPS candidate Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley
@pharmaste_82

Biggest influences are changing health and social care environments, challenges around funding / resources, emerging commissioning models / organisations (LCOs) and significant workplace pressures.
 a RPS candidate Paul Rutter

Paul Rutter
@paulrutter10

Health Education England and their agenda around training of the pharmacy workforce
 a RPS candidate Aamer Safdar

Aamer Safdar
@asafdar1

The Pharmacy Minister Steve Brine MP as he is a friend of Pharmacy.

 

Q2: Who or what do you think is having the biggest influence on policy in pharmacy at present?

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

Jodie Gwenter
@jgwenter

Pharmacy leaders who have a foot in two camps; politics and practice. Of course, each leader must inspire a following and as our membership strengthens, so too does the voice of pharmacy.
 a RPS candidate Rafia Jamil Rafia Jamil Patient safety and patient care, this has to be the ultimate shared goal of policies and guidelines across the profession. I am happy to discuss it further.
 a RPS candidate Fiona Jones

Fiona Jones
@fajones7

Funding and workload pressures. In Wales the relationship between RPS and government is good with a move to improve Community pharmacy services.
 a RPS candidate Dylan Jones Dylan Jones In Wales the cabinet secretary Vaughan Gething and Andrew Evans the chief pharmaceutical officer are driving changes and opportunity across community pharmacy.
 a RPS candidate Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis
@lewis_68

For me it has to be Government cuts, both to the pharmacy budget directly but also the wider NHS.
 a RPS candidate Cheryl Way

Cheryl Way
@Cheryl08756761

In Wales, the Welsh Government.

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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