RPS Conference 2011
Almost a year since the Society launched as a dedicated professional body, the Society held its second RPS Annual Conference in London. Feedback, both during and since the conference, shows what a great occasion it was, and how highly it was viewed by delegates.
Across the two day programme delegates heard from a variety of inspiring speakers. They also heard about the latest progress in pharmacy research and were able to learn from the experiences and best practice of their colleagues and peers through our plenary sessions. There were great networking opportunities in our exhibition area as delegates got the opportunity to meet industry providers, build new relationships for the future as well as maintain those with colleagues and peers.
Our keynote session on Sunday, delivered by Marc DuBois of Médecins San Frontières (MSF), focused on teamwork in challenging and extreme environments. The presentation was both engaging and challenging offering delegates a unique insight into the work of an MSF pharmacist and the challenges they face. Equally engaging was our Monday morning Keynote, delivered by Dr Helen Bevan from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, which focused on change and the opportunity this presented to our profession as she discussed both leadership and development as well as the commitment to these challenges.
We were privileged to welcome Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, to our conference as he addressed how pharmacists are pivotal to every aspect of the Government’s plan to modernise the NHS and how he expects “to see pharmacists at the heart of the new commissioning arrangements.”
Helen Gordon, our Chief Executive, addressed the delegates on the progress the Society has made in its first year and also launched our Leadership Competency Framework for Pharmacy Professionals which looks to offer pharmacists support to develop skills “to meet the challenges associated with providing a more clinical role”. We also heard country updates from Wales, Scotland and England offering a UK wide picture on the profession, all of which can be seen via our video highlights page.
If were not able to attend, or if you would like to revisit the two days then take a look at our 2011 conference highlights.
We are already working on our conference for next year and look forward to seeing you there.