I would like to express how proud I am to be a member of this profession. You, my colleagues, work incredibly hard every day. Whichever sector, your work ultimately benefits patients. I’ve championed pharmacy by utilising the media, but I could not do this without the pride I feel of being a member of this profession, working alongside you. I want to ensure that you have a voice.
I have a strong record of advocating for pharmacy across a range of media channels. Whether appearing on BBC Newsnight, BBC News or engaging with patients as the resident pharmacist on BBC Radio Lancashire, I look to leverage every opportunity to draw the public’s attention to the value of what we do. This has been alongside my role as a pharmacist on the front line. If elected, I will continue to raise awareness of the profession. My experience would aid the board to not only promote the profession, but to improve communication to the society’s members.
As an LPC committee member, I have seen the development and uptake of locally commissioned services and the training required to empower pharmacists to provide them. I have an understanding of developing a strategy at board level, evaluating outcomes, and the importance of engaging stakeholders. Working on the front line means that I can provide an understanding of how board decisions will impact those working, and living with the consequences of those decisions.
Pharmacy is often fighting to be heard against other professions. While we have to work with others, we also have to fight for our voice. A voice which champions the community pharmacist who diagnoses the symptoms of meningitis and saves a life, and the GP pharmacist who advises on medicines optimisation to avoid a patient taking unnecessary medicines. A voice which champions, the hospital pharmacist who translates blood test results into understandable terms for a patient, and the industry pharmacist ensuring pharma puts patients first, based on evidence. A voice which champions the pharmacists working in academia, mentoring the pharmacists of the future and researching how we can all work to improve patient safety. A voice which champions pharmacists in all roles.
We need a voice which champions every single pharmacist.
I’m standing for a voice for pharmacy.
Thorrun Govind, 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