RPS Pharma Scene #24 - a pharmacist in the House of Commons

With Taiwo Owatemi

In episode 24 of our Pharma Scene podcast, Ciara Duffy, English Pharmacy Board member and Amandeep Doll, RPS Head of Engagement and Professional Belonging, talk to Taiwo Owatemi, an oncology pharmacist and Member of Parliament for Coventry North West.

The podcast covers Taiwo's journey from a love of chemistry and maths to becoming an MP, transferable skills from the pharmacy profession, and the role of mentors. It discusses the importance of inclusion and diversity, including Taiwo's experience as a Black politician, the role of allies, and valuing everyone's voices.

Workforce challenges in pharmacy, the impact of past contractual framework difficulties, and the need for collaboration are discussed. Taiwo offers advice for those interested in politics and emphasizes the need to embed health policy in pharmacy education for pharmacists entering the policy space.

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About Taiwo

Photo of Taiwo Owatemi

Taiwo Owatemi is a dedicated and accomplished individual in the field of politics and healthcare. After graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in pharmacy, Taiwo went on to make a significant impact in the pharmacy community as a senior oncology pharmacist at Dartford Valley Hospital.

In 2019, Taiwo made history as one of the youngest members of parliament, representing Coventry Northwest as a Labour MP. Her commitment to public service and healthcare led her to become a member of the cross-party Health and Social Care Committee. Additionally, Taiwo actively contributes to the petitions committee, advocating for important causes.

Recognised for her expertise, Taiwo was elected Chair of the parliamentary all-party pharmacy group, demonstrating her dedication to advancing the pharmacy profession. She recently hosted the RPS reception at the House of Commons, an event celebrating the achievements of women in pharmacy.

Taiwo Owatemi's passion for improving healthcare and positively impacting society continues to inspire others. 

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