I am standing to support pharmacists and develop our profession.
We face significant challenges as individual practitioners across all sectors of our profession. We need leaders with a broad level of experience, currently practising, and who work to support our colleagues.
I have supported colleagues for many years. I support pharmacists as union representative for the PDA union in challenging and emotive situations. I work at board level, developing national policy and work-streams supporting the profession. I was part of the groups that developed the Road Map for Pharmacy and the Safer Pharmacies Charter. I am a trustee of Pharmacist Support, working to set the strategic direction to provide crucial support at the time of greatest need.
I have current experience of the significant threats and pressures facing us at the coal face. I have worked across various sectors. I now work with NHS England in the devolved health and social care economy in Greater Manchester; to manage community pharmacy contracts and to develop / transform community pharmacy services. I work regularly as a community pharmacist. I see the opportunities for us to develop and better use our skills to improve patient care.
It is crucial to develop beyond sectoral mindsets and dispel incorrect perceptions. This is not a time to argue semantics over who is clinical or pharmacists vs pharmacy technicians. All pharmacists are clinicians inputting into patient care. Pharmacists and technicians are not the same. Technicians are highly valued and skilled colleagues who supplement the roles of a pharmacist; but not substitute pharmacists. We need to work collaboratively with organisations to define our roles and practise at the top of our competencies.
I champion our profession with health professionals, commissioners and patients. I understand emerging health and social care partnerships and new commissioning models. Working to integrate pharmacy and embed active referral pathways into pharmacy services.
I have supported the RPS since formation in 2010. I led my Local Practice Forum and was an RPS advocate for several years. I will only support changes that keep pharmacists at the heart of patient care, protect the community pharmacy network and support development of pharmacy services. I will support cross sector working and work to ensure all pharmacists recognised as clinical, defined by what we deliver. I will listen to your voice and ensure strategic plans represent the needs of the membership.
Stephen Riley, England
This is a campaign pledge for the 2018 National Pharmacy Board elections.
Voting opens on 30 April 2018 and closes on 18 May 2018.
For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/RPSNPB2018