RPS in Scotland has published a Local Advocacy Toolkit
ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 5 May 2016. The toolkit gives members practical guidance on building relationships and influencing their MSP candidates. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the recently launched RPS in Scotland manifesto, Right Medicine – Better Health – Fitter Future
The toolkit provides tips on pharmacy visits, setting agendas, following up, local press and social media. It also provides templates for letters and press releases.
RPS in Scotland hopes that if members can demonstrate pharmacy’s impact locally, MSP candidates will be moved to show their support. We are also calling for candidates to sign the pledge on the front page of the manifesto and tweet a photo of the signed pledge using #pharmacySP16.
Head of External Relations, Susanne Cameron-Nielsen, commented: “RPS in Scotland’s manifesto is based on input from our members and we need their help in supporting it – that’s why we created the Local Advocacy Toolkit. We want candidates to recognise the value of pharmacists to their constituents’ health and to their local communities. Everyone working in the profession has a story about their unique contribution to patient care. This toolkit is designed to help you reach out to candidates and share this story.”
The team at RPS in Scotland is committed to supporting you with your local campaign. If you would like to talk more about what you can do to highlight the contribution of pharmacists locally, please contact Susanne by email
or by calling 0131 524 2006.