RPS President celebrates success and looks to the future at annual conference

RPS President Ash Soni celebrates success and looks to the future at annual conference

In his opening remarks to the RPS annual conference, President Ash Soni reflected on a number of achievements for the organisation over the past year and looked ahead to working with new chief executive to move the Society and profession forward.

He praised the work of the three country boards championing the profession on a number of issues, such as electronic prescribing, greater access to patient records to support better outcomes, and the role of pharmacists in supporting care home residents and people with long-term conditions.

He reiterated calls for further progress from the Government on the issue of inadvertent dispensing errors, arguing that it was time to address the historical imbalance between criminal sanctions and professional regulation.

Professor Soni also marked the start of a new campaign led by the three national pharmacy boards, to raise awareness of the importance of antimicrobial stewardship.

He said: “Pharmacists will be central to efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance, whether it is researching new treatments, reducing inappropriate prescribing, or offering advice to the public on reducing the risk of infections.”

He welcomed a positive year for Pharmaceutical Press, noting the launch of the new BNF app and plans to further tailor content and resources to suit members’ needs.

He closed by looking ahead to 2018 FIP World Congress, to be held in Glasgow in September 2018, welcoming the opportunity to host representatives from over 3 million pharmacists internationally and showcase the great work happening across the profession in the UK.

To read the full speech, click here.