Pharmacy representatives highlight need for inclusion on World Pharmacists’ Day 

Pharmacy representatives highlight need for inclusion on World Pharmacists’ Day 

September 25, 2020

Today, on World Pharmacists’ Day (25th September), a joint statement has been published, which outlines a commitment to work collaboratively to improve inclusion and diversity across the pharmacy profession.

World Pharmacists’ Day is an annual celebration of the valuable role of pharmacists in all sectors. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the importance of the work that pharmacists and their teams do for their patients and communities is much more apt this year. Community pharmacy teams have gone the extra mile to support patients despite an increased workload and PSNC is helping make sure your value is recognised by NHS officials, politicians and in the media.

As part of work to help pharmacy be the best it can be, a joint Statement of Principles was agreed at the first National Roundtable on Inclusive Pharmacy Professional Practice last month. The aim of this initiative is: to work collaboratively to develop and embed inclusive pharmacy professional practice into everyday care for patients and members of the public, to support the prevention of ill-health and address health inequalities within our diverse communities.

PSNC and the other national pharmacy organisations have signed up to the following principles:

  • We will strive towards pharmacy professionals being an exemplar among UK health professionals for equality, diversity, inclusion, fairness and belonging. 
  • We will commit as professionals to value all people and to adopt and promote a culture of zero tolerance to all kinds of harassment, bullying and discrimination in the workplace. 
  • We will proactively seek to learn and understand communities and cultures so that we can be more effective health and care practitioners and providers. 
  • We will champion national and local policies and initiatives to address health and workforce inequalities. 

Read the Statement of Principles in full

Gordon Hockey, PSNC Director of Operations and Support, said: 

“PSNC is pleased to support the Statement of Principles for Inclusive Pharmacy Professional Practice. The joint statement confirms our commitment to continuing to work closely with the NHS and our fellow national pharmacy representatives to help community pharmacy to remain a sector that is accessible for everyone.” 

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Blog

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Dr Keith Ridge has posted a blog to recognise World Pharmacists’ Day, highlighting the need for inclusive professional practice

Blog: World Pharmacists’ Day an opportunity to highlight need for inclusive professional practice

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