My experience as an RPS English Pharmacy Board member

Sharon Buckle is Vice Chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board and a Pharmacy Manager for Boots.

In June 2012 I was delighted to be elected onto the English Pharmacy Board. I was so honoured and so determined that we would be a bold, decisive and happening board, making a difference for our Profession.

If I could sum up in 3 words what is required of a board member, I would cite three characteristics:

  • Passionate
  • Persistent
  • Pragmatic

I made 3 pre-election pledges:
1/ to push for the sharing of patient records with pharmacists
2/ to fight for decriminalisation of single dispensing errors
3/ to raise the profile of pharmacists with Government, politicians and medics

In 2018 we are well on the way to delivering all three!

We now have SCR access, decriminalisation legislation is nearing completion, and pharmacy is much more in Government and decision makers sights. And yes, there is still much to do!

But I couldn’t have achieved this without being actively involved on the EPB. Yes, you can make a difference in your pharmacy, and have an impact locally, which is really important, but if you want to share your best practice, want to help take the profession forwards, and want to give something back, then get involved!

Come and join us on the board, bring your skills and experience, whether industry, academia, hospital, GP Pharmacy or Community – we need you all! That is the uniqueness of the RPS – we represent the whole profession.

As the third largest healthcare profession we need our voice to be heard. Come join in, and help us make our voice richer, louder and more powerful than ever before!

For more information on this years elections please visit our elections page.

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