RPS to review constitution and governance structures

The RPS will commission a full review of its constitution and supporting governance structures as part of its evolution as the professional leadership body for pharmacy.

An invitation to tender to provide the review will be issued today, with expressions of interest due by 18 March, and intentions that the review should begin in May.

RPS Chief Executive Paul Bennett said: “The recent independent review into membership participation and communication we commissioned identified that our current governance structures mean the way the organisation operates often seems opaque.

“This resonates with various motions tabled at our AGM last year calling for greater transparency and different ways of working across a number of our governance structures.

“The UK commission on pharmacy professional leadership has also usefully highlighted key questions about pharmacy professional leadership across the UK.

“To best serve both members and the profession now is the right time to undertake a robust, independent review of both the constitution and governance structures of the organisation to ensure we are fit for the future to deliver for pharmacy.”

Questions to be considered by the review include what structures would be needed to welcome other professional groups that may wish to join us into the organisation, how to make patient insight integral to RPS strategy, clear pathways for delivery of assessment, credentialling and education services and the implications of possibly moving to charitable status or some other legal structure.

The review will include recommendations to ensure how the corporate and governance structure could deliver most effectively on these questions.

Members and stakeholders will be able to contribute views during the course of the review.

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