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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.

Q4: Do RPS members get value for money from the Society?

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

Claire Anderson
@clairewynn

Definitely. It’s less than the price of a coffee per day! Where ever pharmacists or medicines are we are present advocating for members.
 a RPS candidate Catherine Armstrong

Catherine Armstrong
@Titch1977

Yes, but much of the work that is done for the good of the profession benefits non-members just as much. We need more member-specific benefits.
 a RPS candidate Harry Cotterill

Harry Cotterill
@harry_cotterill

Yes, absolutely, when members engage with the resources on offer.
 a RPS candidate Sid Dajani

Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani
@SIDajani

Yes, for those most aware of the existing resources available and are using them. Hopefully more soon wanting to access the revalidation support tools.
 a RPS candidage Jane Devenish

Jane Devenish
@jane_dev

Yes – fantastic value, but we must ensure that access is easy for those who live and breathe pharmacy, and those with busy lives elsewhere.
 a RPS candidate David Gallier Harris

David Gallier-Harris
@gallierharris

There hasn’t been obvious value to practice of membership – this must change! However, we mustn’t forget the advocacy work the RPS does behind the scenes.
 a RPS candidate Thorrun Govind

Thorrun Govind
@pharmthorrun

Yes, but communications to members need to improve in order for members to see that value.
  Tohidul Islam  
 a RPS candidate Hala Jawad

Hala Jawad
@jawad_hala

They do but they do not perceive that they do. The RPS offers a great supporting role that is grossly underused.
 a RPS Candidate Asim Mirza

Asim Mirza
@asimthechemist

I think I do because I know about the RPS’s political engagement and use the tools presented to me. However, I think that potential members and many members do not perceive that value.
 a RPS candidate Hemant Patel

Hemant Patel
@hemant1patel

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Value changes as the world changes. Personal and collective benefits of RPS needs to be clearer.
 a RPS candidate Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley
@pharmaste_82

We get value from the RPS, however the full package and extent of work is not well marketed. Should provide more practical support.  
 a RPS candidate Paul Rutter

Paul Rutter
@paulrutter10

I believe, on the whole, yes. I think it’s more about people not knowing what their membership entitles them to. Could more be done, yes – but the Society need to listen to its members and as importantly non-members as to what they want
 a RPS candidate Aamer Safdar

Aamer Safdar
@asafdar1

Yes if they engage with the Society and no if they don’t. Value is defined by each individual member.


Q4: Do RPS members get value for money from the Society?

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

Jodie Gwenter
@jgwenter

Value for money is subjective and personal and each member must decide what it is they’re looking for. If it isn’t visible, simply let the RPS know.
 a RPS candidate Rafia Jamil Rafia Jamil Of course. Be it inspiration one is looking for or resources to improve knowledge and skill, or simply getting involved with profession, RPS supports you with what you are looking for.
 a RPS candidate Fiona Jones

Fiona Jones
@fajones7

Yes they do, but they could be doing better. A survey to see what pharmacists want and need from the Society would be useful as this may differ depending on age and sector. A discount scheme for members could be an additional incentive.
 a RPS candidate Dylan Jones Dylan Jones RPS needs to better promote what they are achieving and what they offer, a lot is currently undiscovered by disengaged members.
 a RPS candidate Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis
@lewis_68

As a community pharmacist, I’ll be honest I’m not sure and for many in this world of static salaries the investment in membership really needs to show its value.
 a RPS candidate Cheryl Way

Cheryl Way
@Cheryl08756761

Yes, but I don’t think they all realise how hard the RPS works on their behalf.

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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