This is a campaign letter for the 2021 RPS national pharmacy board elections. The views expressed in this letter belong to the author. Find out more about the RPS elections.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is an enormous success and pharmacy has been involved at so many levels, not only in administering the vaccine, but in oversight and operational delivery. The programme is an example of national design with local delivery, and collaboration among local health care professionals along with local community – which has made it the success that it is. As we attempt to tackle the major health issues and health inequalities facing our country, national leaders will need to ensure that local integrated care systems are well resourced and able to provide uniform, high quality, evidence-based services across the country. We will all need to work differently in these new systems not only across the pharmacy profession but also multi-professionally. This may be harder initially as we examine and redesign the existing delivery of services and change long established ways of practising, but also easier as we develop new ones. The RPS must continue to work with government and the profession to design new models of care and to work with others to secure additional resources to enable new ways of working to succeed. Pharmacy needs a voice and representation at every level across the health system; to continue to build on its role over the last 15 months. Finally, the RPS has a role to ensure that all pharmacists are supported, educated and competent to improve patient care.
Claire Anderson, election candidate, English pharmacy board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society