Inclusion and diversity agreement with NHS England

We’ve agreed a joint national statement with NHS England and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK to improve inclusion, diversity and belonging in pharmacy.

Our aim is to work together to make inclusive pharmacy professional practice a key part of everyday patient care, to support the prevention of ill-health and address health inequalities in the diverse communities we serve.

The statement is the outcome of the first National Roundtable on Inclusive Pharmacy Professional Practice, co-hosted by NHS England, RPS and APTUK in August. All national pharmacy organisations in England have signed up to the joint statement of principles and we’re now developing key priorities for action which we’ll all work together on, reporting back to a second Roundtable in early 2021.

RPS President Sandra Gidley said:

“Our ambition is that pharmacy takes the lead amongst all the healthcare professions for championing inclusion, diversity and belonging. Our own Inclusion and Diversity Strategy embodies this and is being progressed with the support of our Action in Belonging, Culture and Diversity group members.

“Creating change isn’t easy and requires us to challenge ourselves to understand our communities better. In this way we will not only become more effective practitioners but our whole workforce will benefit. Embracing inclusive practice will enable us all to take an active part in improving patient care and bring about a positive and lasting impact on the profession.”

Joint national statement on inclusive pharmacy professional practice.

Read the RPS inclusion and diversity strategy.

The ABCD group – Action on Belonging, Culture and Diversity – is open to all pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in Great Britain.