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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.

Q3: Should the RPS be more politically vocal or should it stick to quiet diplomacy?

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

Claire Anderson
@clairewynn

Quiet diplomacy is proving very effective, as the Royal College/professional leadership body, this is appropriate and proving very effective.
 a RPS candidate Catherine Armstrong

Catherine Armstrong
@Titch1977

There’s a time/place for quiet diplomacy; likewise, for being vocal. RPS needs to utilise both approaches more, not just from a political perspective.
 a RPS candidate Harry Cotterill

Harry Cotterill
@harry_cotterill

The RPS needs to continue diplomacy but it should also embrace being politically vocal to push for the change we want.
 a RPS candidate Sid Dajani

Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani
@SIDajani

Unequivocally Rooftop Vocal and whenever possible, in unison with others unless dealing with sensitive and commercial information which put the RPS at risk.
 a RPS candidage Jane Devenish

Jane Devenish
@jane_dev

It must focus its attention where it can have the largest impact, but keeping quiet on large issues such as funding undermines other good work.
 a RPS candidate David Gallier Harris

David Gallier-Harris
@gallierharris

The RPS must show strong leadership (be more vocal) but also facilitate discussion and be inclusive which requires quiet diplomacy. Engagement is key.
 a RPS candidate Thorrun Govind

Thorrun Govind
@pharmthorrun

The RPS has to champion the profession, that requires a mix of both, depending on the audience being engaged with.
  Tohidul Islam  
 a RPS candidate Hala Jawad

Hala Jawad
@jawad_hala

More vocal – we need to strongly represent our members at every opportunity as other health professions have done and ensure the Government recognises our value.
 a RPS Candidate Asim Mirza

Asim Mirza
@asimthechemist

The RPS can and should do both. Loudly vocal when it matters and measured diplomacy when it serves the desired outcome.
 a RPS candidate Hemant Patel

Hemant Patel
@hemant1patel

Both is possible, but we fail to utilise the enormous public goodwill. We need a new public engagement strategy and work continuously, not sporadically.
 a RPS candidate Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley
@pharmaste_82

The RPS should not be politically aggressive, but should be more vocal. Our core agenda has to be to support pharmacists and develop the profession.
 a RPS candidate Paul Rutter

Paul Rutter
@paulrutter10

The RPS needs to be more vocal and active in promoting the profession to stakeholders and commissioners but not to become a political unionised society.
 a RPS candidate Aamer Safdar

Aamer Safdar
@asafdar1

The RPS should adopt a balanced approach and manage situations with tact and diplomacy. Being politically vocal and using quiet diplomacy when appropriate.

 

Q3: Should the RPS be more politically vocal or should it stick to quiet diplomacy?

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

Jodie Gwenter
@jgwenter

There’s a place for both and the right leader will know when to use which. Selecting the right people to strike the right balance is the most important thing.
 a RPS candidate Rafia Jamil Rafia Jamil Being vocal to its members about its quiet diplomacy will help members feel informed of what’s going on.
 a RPS candidate Fiona Jones

Fiona Jones
@fajones7

RPS should be more politically vocal engaging with stakeholders at strategic level, but not just politician also key NHS decision makers and other Royal Colleges.

 a RPS candidate Dylan Jones Dylan Jones Quiet diplomacy is often best in the long term but when a need to be vocal presents this should always be an option.
 a RPS candidate Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis
@lewis_68

Definitely more vocal, pharmacists need to see their professional body fighting their corner. 
 a RPS candidate Cheryl Way

Cheryl Way
@Cheryl08756761

Quiet diplomacy as it is working well in Wales.

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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