By Robbie Turner, RPS Director for Pharmacy and Member Experience
Pharmacy is a very diverse profession, especially in terms of gender and ethnicity. As your professional body, we want to recognise, celebrate and encourage a variety of voices and experiences across pharmacy to better represent you.
The diversity we see is not necessarily represented at senior and leadership level though. Things could be better, and as an organisation we recognise we could also do more in this space.
That’s why I’m so excited we have launched a new programme of work on inclusion and diversity.
Pharmacists often work in isolation, and especially in the case of community pharmacy, may often be the only healthcare professional on the premises. It can be hard to bring your authentic self to work when your environment means you don’t feel comfortable expressing who you are. When we don’t bring our whole selves to work we can suffer – in terms of our wellbeing and our work.
We are about to go out to the profession as a whole to get your views on how inclusion and diversity can be improved and celebrated. There will be opportunities to engage with us on this to make sure that our strategy is truly created hand in hand with you.
We’ll be launching a survey at the end of the month as a starter. It’s incredibly important that as many of you as possible complete it – it’s your chance to be in at the start and ensure you inform what we do, both in the short and longer term.
After that we’ll be creating and celebrating some key events such as Women in Leadership and Black History Month in October.
We’ll be sharing our initial thinking at our annual conference on 17th November.
I’m convinced this programme is the right way forward for the profession, as is everyone at the RPS. Who you truly are matters. We want you to feel able to bring your whole self to work and experience a sense of belonging. I hope you join us on this journey.