How can you help?
We need your help to ensure that election candidates better understand and recognise the vital role that pharmacists play in supporting people’s health:
- Find out who your local constituency candidates are (we recommend using www.whocanivotefor.co.uk), send them a copy of our manifesto for pharmacy and ask them to show their support for the profession
- Ask candidates to voice their support for pharmacy on social media (e.g. Twitter/Facebook) using the hashtag #votepharmacy_Wales
- Invite candidates to see where you work, take a photo, and show them first-hand how pharmacists make a real difference to their constituents’ health.
Should you check with your employer?
Yes. You should check with your employer if you are planning on contacting election candidates or inviting them to visit your workplace and this may be included in the conditions of your employment.
Your employer or head office may also be able to offer further advice and support.
Should you let other pharmacists in the area know?
Yes. If you are interested in arranging visits for candidates, let your RPS Local Coordinator know as they could provide useful local information for your discussion with the candidates.
How do you find your local election candidates?
Many parties are still trying to select their candidates in some constituencies, but your local elections office, run by the local authority, will publish a list of all candidates standing for election in your area.
Websites such as www.whocanivotefor.co.uk can list your local candidates. If you want candidates to visit your pharmacy, you should enter that postcode rather than where you live.
More information is available from the Electoral Commission.
Can I write to candidates?
You can write to candidates to bring the manifesto for pharmacy to their attention. Email is the most convenient approach and it is recommended to keep it short to help candidates and their team read it quickly.
A sample email is set out below but you can adapt it to make it more personal.