Press Release

Process for choosing the RPS President

27 Jun 2016
Some members have asked for clarification of the process for choosing the President of the RPS. We welcome views from RPS members, please get in touch by contacting [email protected]
The national Boards in England, Scotland and Wales form the backbone of the Society, reflecting how devolution of healthcare matters has changed in the three countries. By having Scottish, Welsh and English Boards we are much better placed to influence national governments and NHS policy.
The national Boards lead the agenda at a national level, focusing on the issues that really matter to the profession. They have responsibility for interpreting and developing policy as well as overseeing the delivery of member services locally.
The overall strategic direction of the Society is provided by an Assembly, comprising of 11 members of the English, Welsh and Scottish national pharmacy boards, a lay member, an academic member and a pharmaceutical scientist. 
The RPS President is chosen by fellow members of the RPS Assembly, through an election if more than one Assembly member stands for election to the position.  
Following a vote by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board on 22 June 2015, five pharmacists were elected by fellow board members to the RPS Assembly. Those voting are unaware of how others voted. This is in addition to the English Board Chair and Vice Chair, who have a place on the RPS Assembly by virtue of their position on the Board.
The current RPS President was not elected on to the RPS Assembly, meaning he can no longer be President from 19 July 2016, when the Assembly will next meet.
Assembly members will choose a new President on the 19th July.  
If you wish to know more about how the Society is governed, the Governance Handbook is available on the website.