Laura Wilson has been appointed as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) Director for Scotland commencing 23rd January 2023.
Laura, who is currently Policy and Practice Lead for RPS in Scotland, will drive forward professional leadership in Scotland working with and for RPS members. Accountable for bringing national RPS policy to life for members in Scotland, while contributing to the GB wide professional leadership agenda, she will work closely with the Scottish Pharmacy Board, senior NHS officials and other key stakeholders across the breadth of the pharmacy profession and beyond to ensure pharmacy is on the forefront of healthcare in Scotland.
She joins the existing team of RPS Country Directors, which includes Elen Jones, Director for Wales and James Davies, Director for England and will report directly to the Chief Executive.
Laura Wilson said:
“I am delighted to be appointed Director for Scotland having worked as part of the RPS Scotland team as the policy and practice lead. It will be an honour to continue the fantastic work started by former Director Clare Morrison to bring Pharmacy 2030, our vision for pharmacy in Scotland in the future, to life and supporting pharmacy teams to deliver person centred care.
"With exciting times ahead for pharmacy, it will be an honour to continue to work with Board members, staff, stakeholders, and members to deliver the vision and mission of RPS and ensure a vibrant future for the pharmacy profession in Scotland.”
RPS CEO Paul Bennett commented:
"After a rigorous and open selection process, Laura’s appointment as the Director for Scotland is especially pleasing to announce as she will be known by many in her previous RPS Scotland role where she has worked collaboratively and in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to make a significant impact on the pharmacy policy landscape. She will also be well known to many across Scotland for her drive and passion for pharmacy having held roles in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as Advanced Pharmacist in Addictions, as a Teacher Practitioner at Strathclyde University, as a Community Pharmacist and as a Hospital Pharmacist. I look forward to welcoming Laura to the team in her new position."
Scottish Pharmacy Board Chair, Andrew Carruthers added:
"I am delighted that Laura has been successful in her appointment. Laura has extensive clinical experience, across multiple sectors, as well as experience of developing and writing pharmacy policy to the benefit of our members and the public. Having worked very closely with Laura in her current role, I know that she has the passion and knowledge to continue to drive improvements in pharmacy practice across Scotland and GB. I, and the Scottish Pharmacy Board, very much look forward to working with Laura in her new role."