Why, as a profession, do pharmacists find it difficult to recognise and celebrate success?
Celebrating success is such an important aspect of our professional lives but one we do not seem to do well. Awarding Fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is one of the highest honours the Society can bestow upon its members and the purpose of this letter is to encourage all RPS members to take part in that process.
There is only one month left to nominate a colleague for RPS Fellowship, before the current deadline of Wednesday 26 April 2023. As part of their aims, the current Panel of Fellows, which I am currently privileged to chair, want to ensure that all our members worthy of Fellowship are appropriately recognised. Through our wide networks we know there are members out there whose achievements make them eligible for Fellowship, but we are not seeing them being nominated.
We invite all RPS members who know another member who has “made an outstanding original contribution to the advancement of pharmaceutical knowledge, attained distinction in the science, practice, profession or history of pharmacy, and demonstrably have gone above and beyond in their day job” to consider making a nomination.
We are not relaxing criteria for the prestigious award of Fellowship but are wanting to ensure everyone who meets them is recognised. Guidance for making a nomination is on the RPS website, including tips on how to write a good nomination.
We welcome nominations for pharmacists from all sectors of the profession and want to make sure we recognise the wide diversity in our profession. We know some sectors are underrepresented in our body of Fellows, but we can only make an award if a member is nominated. It is only our members who can help us change that. We look forward to your nominations.
Christine Bond, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Panel of Fellows, on behalf of all panel members