Pharmacists work to improve everyone's health. As your professional body, we want to recognise, celebrate and encourage all voices and experiences across pharmacy so we can better represent you and our patients.
We are now working towards a strategy for pharmacy that is inclusive of everyone and values difference. And we want you to be involved.
What can you do?
We have reserved places for members who have a passion for inclusion and diversity at a workshop we are holding later this year. If you're interested in coming along please register by 24 September.
Following this we will host events on Women in Leadership and Black History Month in October which will be open to all. Members will also be able to contribute at a session on inclusion and diversity at our national conference on 17 November.
Welcome to Asif Sadiq
Joining us, to ensure that pharmacy really is a place for everyone, is Asif Sadiq MBE.
Asif is our expert chair, based upon his 15 years of award-winning experience in diversity and inclusion. He was formerly Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services, Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit of the City of London Police, and is currently Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging for The Telegraph.
We are delighted to have Asif with us to help build and inform our strategy.
Progress so far
We have a positive track record of supporting inclusion and diversity, but recognise we could do more. We want to ensure we bring everyone with us on that journey.
Our programme began in a blaze of colour in July when for the first time a group of 34 members and employees walked in the Pride in London parade, flying the (rainbow) flag for pharmacists everywhere. We are also part of the Pride in Practice national board.
And our Retired Pharmacists' Group continues to host social events throughout the year, as well as their own conference, bringing together friends and colleagues.
We're already working with our staff to build an inclusion and diversity programme in-house that will champion the diversity of our employees and ensure that everyone feels they belong.
We'll keep you updated on progress and plan to publish our inclusion and diversity strategy for the pharmacy profession in the first half of next year.