by Lucie Lorencova, RPS Summer Intern
If I asked my friends who study pharmacy what they know about RPS, one of the responses I would definitely get is that they have seen its logo on their MEPs. Good start, but RPS does so much more as I learnt during my internship. I believe that actions speak louder than words, so I have chosen three examples of of how RPS shapes future of pharmacy profession, because I think all students can benefit from these:
I recently came across this quote:”If you don’t have mentors, you are wasting a lot of energy reinventing the wheel” by Annette Simmons, author of Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins.
Why would you spend your time trying to figure out something from scratch? Instead, you can progress further by building on the existing knowledge and experience of your predecessors. Mentors can help you with the development of your career and so much more. Find out how RPS mentoring can help you. I also learnt that mentoring is never just one way learning - you could enhance your CV and also develop new skills if you become a mentor too. Mentor does not need to be someone with years of experience in practice. Many students have signed up as mentors as well.
Inclusion of Pharmacists in the mental health support
RPS has worked on many campaigns and policies shaping future of a pharmacy. Lately RPS has done a lot of work around inclusion of pharmacists in the mental health support. Pharmacists have now been included in NHS schemes for mental health and wellbeing support for healthcare workers in England and Wales. One of the aims is to train more specialist mental health pharmacists to be part of a multidisciplinary team across care settings: Have a look at the quick reference guide here. As a pharmacy student being aware of the latest changes and developments within pharmacy profession has definitely paid off many times. I would recommend to follow RPS website and Pharmaceutical Journal (accessible through RPS membership) to keep up with the newest campaigns and policies.
Creating true culture of belonging – Inclusion and Diversity plan
Publishing Medicines, Ethics and Practice (MEP) is not the only work around ethics in pharmacy done by RPS. Recently RPS has also launched Inclusion and Diversity plan to create true culture of belonging for all in pharmacy. If you would like to be heard by the official voice in pharmacy profession join new action group: Action in Belonging, Culture and Diversity (ABCD).
Pharmacy profession is very dynamic and has changed quite significantly in recent years. As future pharmacists we should keep up to date with these changes. During 2 weeks at RPS I have learnt about many new campaigns and policies and I will keep up to date with these by reading Pharmaceutical Journal and RPS website. I will also sign up for mentoring in case I would need help with my career path in the future. RPS is here to support you during every stage of your career. If you need ANY support do not hesitate to contact support team here and they will be able to assist you further.