Westminster

 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society works hard to ensure that the pharmacy professions views are heard at the highest levels of government, this year we’re working collaboratively with organisations across pharmacy health and social care to ensure that the professions voice is heard at the Political Party Conferences.

We are undertaking an extensive programme engaging with politicians, royal colleges, public policy think tanks and other stakeholders. Conference season allows us to access decision makers and influencers, providing us the opportunity to shape public policy at the early stages through participation in roundtables and fringe sessions. 

The three conferences are held in Brighton (Liberal Democrats), Liverpool (Labour) and Birmingham (Conservative); our involvement at all three means we are able to position pharmacy at the front and centre of healthcare, increasing our profile with the current Government as well with as those who influence and oppose it.

We know pharmacists are currently experiencing many challenges and changes to practice, from the proposed cuts to community pharmacy funding, to reforms in the hospital sector as well as undergraduate education. We will be actively promoting the profession, looking for opportunities to make sure the role and potential of pharmacy is understood. 

We will continue to promote the potential for pharmacists to deliver care to those with long-term conditions, as well as continuing to make the case for “read and write” access to care records. We will be keeping these pages updated as the conference season progresses. Take a look at the key messages we are talking about at the conferences. 

Conservatives

Conservative Party

 

In partnership with the Local Government Association and NHS Confederation we are holding a public fringe event.

At the event, chaired by Robin Millar, 2020health, Sibby Buckle, English Pharmacy Board, RPS will be joined by Maggie Throup, MP, Cllr Izzy Seccombe, Chair, LGA Community & Wellbeing Board, LGA Brian Dow, Head of External Affairs, Rethink and Phil McCarvill, Deputy Director of Policy, NHS Confederation. 

Conservatives video

You can also find an event summary overview on Politics Home highlighting key questions asked at the debate.

Labour

Labour

 

In partnership with the Local Government Association and NHS Confederation we are holding a public fringe event.

At the event, chaired by Robin Millar, 2020health, Claire Anderson, Vice Chair, English Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society was joined by Julie Cooper, MP, Helen Birtwhistle, Director of External Affairs, NHS Confederation, Cllr Jonathan McShane, Member of the LGA Community & Wellbeing Board, LGA and Danielle Hamm, Associate Director of Campaigns & Policy, Rethink to debate whether patients receive what they anticipate?

Labour video

You can also find an event overview on Politics Home, highlighting key discussions at the debate.

Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats

 

In Partnership with the Local Government Association and NHS Confederation we are holding a public fringe event. 

At the event, chaired by Dame Helena Shovelton, Ash Soni OBE, English Pharmacy Board, RPS was joined by John Pugh MP, Cllr Richard Kemp, Leader of Liverpool Liberal Democrats & Deputy Chair, Wellbeing Board of the LGA, Phil McCarvill, Deputy Director of Policy, NHS Confederation and Rt Hon. Norman Lamb, MP to debate whether National NHS plans deliver what is required locally? 

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