Speakers will share their progress, challenges and learning about increasing diversity and representation in the leadership of the pharmacy professions, and more broadly within the NHS leadership; how this impacts on the quality of patient care; and how we can all work together to remove barriers and make a meaningful difference.
The discussion will focus on:
- How to help make a meaningful difference?
- What could be the drivers to make things better across different settings?
- Dr Bola Owolabi, National Director for Health Inequalities, NHSE&I
- Paul Bennett, Chief Executive, RPS
- Richard Cattell, Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHSE&I
- Liz Fidler, President, APTUK
- Natasha Callender, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Fellow, NHSE&I
Since publication of the Joint National Plan for Inclusive Pharmacy Practice, on 10 March 2021, pharmacy professionals have been working to implement Theme 1 on Leadership and Representation which states:
1) As part of our professional responsibilities, pharmacy professionals at all levels and in all care settings should proactively ensure there is no tolerance for racism and racial discrimination in the workplace; and work to improve fairness and equity in recruitment, promotion, leadership diversity, disciplinary and governance practices, in line with NHS People Plan goals.
2) Pharmacy professional leaders at all levels in all care settings should:
- Where appropriate, embrace authentic allyship to improve their engagement with equality, diversity and inclusion;
- Develop a better understanding and appreciation of the benefits that ethnically diverse teams can bring to organisations including the better potential to deliver more culturally competent and aware healthcare;
- Proactively ensure the voices of colleagues of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic origin are heard, valued, included as equal and considered when decisions are being taken in meetings, networks, committees and boards;
- Empower pharmacy team members to participate in inclusive networks and groups internally and externally.