June 25, 2019, by jicke

Professor Claire Anderson elected to new chair role

Congratulations to Professor Claire Anderson on being elected Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) English Pharmacy Board (EPB).

Claire was voted into the role at a meeting last week, she said “I’m very humbled and privileged to be taking this position. All pharmacists are working under pressure with fewer resources as the NHS goes through unprecedented changes and I am very passionate about supporting them as they navigate this changing landscape.

The RPS is unique in representing all pharmacists from across all sectors and supporting them as they face massive organisational, economic and technological changes. Pharmacy is on the lips of NHS England, the health professional Royal Colleges and also in the media like never before. We are getting the professional recognition we deserve, but we need to continue to strengthen the value of pharmacists and act as representatives for the profession. As chair of EPB I will ensure that the RPS in England builds on our successful systems leadership work, ensuring that pharmacists are supported in delivering effective and integrated patient care. As we formulate the RPS in England’s primary care network/integrated care system visionary thought-leadership, my priority will be for us to work agilely to provide effective support to pharmacists from every sector to be an integral part of all primary care networks.

We need to work more closely with hospital pharmacists and our hospital pharmacist advisory group, ensuring the EPB is in tune with developments in hospital pharmacy and how hospital colleagues are embracing the integrated care agenda. We must ensure that pharmaceutical scientist and industrial members all feel part of the RPS and that we consult them and use their talents.”

Respect for profession

Claire will be working with the EPB to achieve some of its key activities which include:

  • Promoting the science and practice of pharmacy and its contribution to health
  • Providing professional advice to government and its agencies, NHS bodies, and other health and social care organisations
  • Guiding and supporting the Society’s local organisations in the individual countries
  • Supporting pharmacists in their professional roles
  • Maintaining an overview of current and possible future developments impacting upon the science and practice of pharmacy in the individual countries
  • Setting policy and objectives for the individual countries within the overall strategy and ask the National Director to implement them

Claire concludes: “I will work tirelessly with the members and the RPS staff to ensure that our wonderful profession receives the respect it deserves from patients, the public, the NHS and other healthcare professionals.”


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