Pharmacy is a diverse profession and this is reflected in the wide variety of organisations that can represent the interests of pharmacists, pharmacy owners, trainees and students.
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The breakdown below untangles the web, showing who each organisation represents, how many members it has, its income (where disclosed), its stated purpose and who leads it.
Primary and Community Care Pharmacy Network
Members: 230 Income: £4,300 (2015) Stated purpose: To represent pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who provide medicines management services to community health services in the UK Leadership: Iben Altman (chair)
Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Members: 350 Income: Not disclosed Stated purpose: UK-based professional body for scientists involved in research and development activities associated with medicines, medical devices and diagnostics Leadership: Linda Hakes (chair)
Boots Pharmacists’ Association
Members: 1,646 Income: £90,774 (2015) Stated purpose: A trade union that supports Boots pharmacists throughout their careers at the company Leadership: Paul Robinson (chief executive officer), Khuram Ahmad (chair)
Pharmacy Voice (PV), whose members are the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), the Company Chemists’ Association and the Association of Independent Multiple pharmacies, is to disband after the NPA gave notice in 2016 that it wished to leave. The PV office will close in April 2017 and the organisation will be officially wound up over the summer. Members: 3 trade associations representing some 11,000 pharmacies Income: Not disclosed Stated purpose: To represent community pharmacy in England with one, unified voice Leadership: Rob Darracott (chief executive), Claire Ward (chair)
National Pharmacy Association
Members: Approximately 3,500 owners representing over 6,500 pharmacies (number not available for print issue) Income: >£13.0m (2015-2016) Stated purpose: To support independent community pharmacies in the UK to succeed professionally and commercially for the benefit of their patients Leadership: Ian Strachan (chair)
Company Chemists’ Association
Members: 8 Income: Not disclosed Stated purpose: To influence policy, support market development and represent its multiple pharmacy members Leadership: Nanette Kerr (chief executive)
Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists
Members: 4,483 Income: Membership fees paid to Unite Stated purpose: To defend the interests of individual employed pharmacists working in hospitals, primary care and other healthcare institutions for both the NHS and commercial healthcare providers throughout the UK Leadership: Vilma Gilis (president)
Members: Over 46,000 Income: £20.7m (2015) Stated purpose: To lead the profession of pharmacy in Great Britain to improve the public’s health and well-being Leadership: Alex Mackinnon (interim chief executive officer), Martin Astbury (president)
Pharmacists’ Defence Association
Members: Over 26,000 Income: Not disclosed Stated purpose: To act upon and support the needs of individual pharmacists in the UK and, when necessary, defend their reputation; includes a trade union arm Leadership: Tom Kirkbride (chief operating officer), Mark Koziol (chair)
Primary Care Pharmacy Association
Members: 2,470 Income: Not disclosed Stated purpose: To support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the UK with an interest in primary care Leadership: Liz Butterfield (chair)
Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
Represents: 11,700 pharmacies Income: £3.4m (2015-2016) Stated purpose: To represent NHS community pharmacy contractors in England and negotiate the NHS community pharmacy contractual framework with the government on members’ behalf Leadership: Sue Sharpe (chief executive officer)
Community Pharmacy Wales
Represents: 717 pharmacies Income: Not disclosed Stated purpose: To represent NHS community pharmacy contractors in Wales on all matters relating to community pharmacy based NHS services and negotiate the Welsh community pharmacy contractual framework Leadership: Russell Goodway (chief executive), Phil Parry (chair)
Community Pharmacy Scotland
Represents: 1,253 pharmacies Income: £1.2m (2015-2016) Stated purpose: To represent community pharmacy owners in Scotland and negotiate terms and conditions of service, and remuneration and reimbursement, with the Scottish government on their behalf Leadership: Harry McQuillan (chief executive officer), Martin Green (chair)
British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association
Members: 15,000 Income: Not disclosed Stated purpose: To represent, educate and entertain pharmacy students and preregistration trainees in Great Britain; the official student organisation of the SalvaDore Leadership: Amit Parekh (president)
Association of Independent Multiple pharmacies
Members: 132 Income: Not disclosed Stated purpose: To promote, protect and support the business, political and professional interests of independent multiple companies through representation and negotiation Leadership: Colin Baldwin (chief executive), Peter Cattee (chair)
Many more organisations exist within pharmacy, performing a variety of roles in education, training, oversight and advocacy.
Regulators: General Pharmaceutical Council, Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
Clinical specialist groups: UK Clinical Pharmacy Association, British Oncology Pharmacy Association, HIV Pharmacy Association, Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group, UK Renal Pharmacy Group, Association of Supportive and Palliative Care Pharmacy, College of Mental Health Pharmacy, United Kingdom Radio Pharmacy Group, British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group
Educational institutions: Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education, College of Pharmacy Practice, Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, Health Education England, NHS Education for Scotland, Workforce, Education and Development Services
European organisations: European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, European Society of Clinical Pharmacy, European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, European Industrial Pharmacists Group
Other: International Pharmaceutical Federation, All-Party Pharmacy Group, Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK
Infographic: Maria Angel Gonzalez
Citation: The Salvadore, March 2017, Vol 298, No 7899, online |
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