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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.

Q5: Should Board members be expected to be proficient in social media?

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

Claire Anderson
@clairewynn

It’s entirely up to the individual if they wish to be part of the SoMe bubble, no one should be forced to take part.
 a RPS candidate Catherine Armstrong

Catherine Armstrong
@Titch1977

No, the Board overall needs to understand how best to utilise social media and maximise the skillsets available across the entire Board.
 a RPS candidate Harry Cotterill

Harry Cotterill
@harry_cotterill

No, this should not be a requirement of board members, only of the Society itself.
 a RPS candidate Sid Dajani

Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani
@SIDajani

Yes, shows adaptive leadership in a changing landscape, desirous of interactivity and engagement with all stakeholders, sharing RPS policy, news or services etc
 a RPS candidage Jane Devenish

Jane Devenish
@jane_dev

Some skills would be helpful. However it is not a replacement for other engagement and it is a skill that can be learnt.
 a RPS candidate David Gallier Harris

David Gallier-Harris
@gallierharris

Not necessarily. It helps with hearing and understanding views of members, but this is just one of many routes of communication.
 a RPS candidate Thorrun Govind

Thorrun Govind
@pharmthorrun

Not necessarily proficient, but to have an open mind as to the value of social media in communicating the important role pharmacy plays in society.
  Tohidul Islam  
 a RPS candidate Hala Jawad

Hala Jawad
@jawad_hala

Most members rarely read printed journals preferring to use social media for updates on the move. An ability to communicate via this medium is certainly needed.
 a RPS Candidate Asim Mirza

Asim Mirza
@asimthechemist

Without question, yes! Social media is not a new thing anymore. Board members need to engage offline and online – wherever pharmacists are.
 a RPS candidate Hemant Patel

Hemant Patel @hemant1patel

Desirable. Not necessary. Influencing Government policy is more important and is crying out for attention. Based on broader understanding of health, contribute to RPS’s work.
 a RPS candidate Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley
@pharmaste_82

They should be proficient in social media and supported to use as a valuable communication tool. However, use does not define suitability to serve.
 a RPS candidate Paul Rutter

Paul Rutter
@paulrutter10

Board members need to understand social media but I don’t believe there it is a pre-requisite for being a board member.
 a RPS candidate Aamer Safdar

Aamer Safdar
@asafdar1

Not necessarily. Social media is good to reach out to large audiences but it not the only thing

 

Q5: Should Board members be expected to be proficient in social media?

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

Jodie Gwenter
@jgwenter

Yes. In the right professional hands, social media can be an extremely powerful tool for forming connections and uniting the workforce.
 a RPS candidate Rafia Jamil Rafia Jamil Yes. Going back to the point of communication with members. If the members use social media, Board members can have better opportunities to connect with members, within professional boundaries of course.  
 a RPS candidate Fiona Jones

Fiona Jones
@fajones7

Absolutely! Members and non-members need to see their leaders addressing the issues that are important to pharmacy. Taking every opportunity to engage and influence interacting via social media is a must.
 a RPS candidate Dylan Jones Dylan Jones As a Board there needs to be a broad variation of skills, some should be highly proficient in social media but not necessarily all.
 a RPS candidate Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis
@lewis_68

Proficient but not prolific for the sake of it.  
 a RPS candidate Cheryl Way

Cheryl Way
@Cheryl08756761

Yes, it is an effective way of engaging with members.

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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