Embracing inclusive leadership for a transformative future in pharmacy

“Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make every day. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace, and not just accept, diversity.” — Janet Stovall. Inspired by these words, I stand before you as a candidate for the English Pharmacy Board, committed to transforming our profession into a model of inclusive leadership. I am deeply honoured to write to you as a candidate for the English Pharmacy Board, where my experiences as an ethnic minority leader will help shape the future of our profession. Growing up with a Mauritian background, I carry the collective memory of a community shaped by British colonialism and the echoes of intergenerational trauma. These experiences have instilled in me a profound commitment to fairness and inclusivity. With over two decades in pharmacy, my career has been driven by a commitment to inclusivity and leadership, reflecting the diverse needs and potential of our community.

Leadership in pharmacy, much like in any field, requires not only an understanding of the sector’s technical demands but also a profound commitment to represent and advocate for every member it serves. This is particularly true for ethnic minorities who have historically been underrepresented at senior board level in our field.

Our profession stands on the brink of transformative change, with digital innovation and evolving healthcare needs reshaping our roles. As pharmacists, we are increasingly recognised not just as providers of medicines but as integral parts of the healthcare team, offering advice, support, and care. This shift demands leadership that is not only knowledgeable but also passionately inclusive.

As a member of the English Pharmacy Board, I will champion initiatives that promote diversity in all its forms. This includes supporting career progression opportunities for pharmacy professionals from minority backgrounds, ensuring that our leadership reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve. Moreover, I will advocate for policies that address health disparities and promote equal access to healthcare resources.

Your support is crucial in this election. Together, we can work towards a more inclusive, equitable, and dynamic future for pharmacy, where leadership reflects the true diversity of our society and where every pharmacy professional has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Thank you for considering my candidacy. I am eager to bring my passion for inclusive leadership and my commitment to diversity to the English Pharmacy Board.

Preety (Emlata) Ramdut

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, May 2024, Vol 312, No 7985;312(7985)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2024.1.313538

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