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One of the key appointments for 2010 that will have a significantimpact on the development of the pharmacy profession is just round thecorner. People interested in being appointed the first ever chairman ofthe General Pharmaceutical Council have just 10 days to put in theirapplications — the closing date is 21 April (2009)

One of the key appointments for 2010 that will have a significant impact on the development of the pharmacy profession is just round the corner. People interested in being appointed the first ever chairman of the General Pharmaceutical Council have just 10 days to put in their applications — the closing date is 21 April (2009).

The Appointments Commission is looking for a person who has experience of policy development in the public sector with an understanding of the healthcare systems across the UK, experience of starting up a new body or successfully guiding change in a complex environment, and experience of dealing with the media.

The chairman may be a lay person, a practising pharmacist or a pharmacy technician. He or she will be involved in the appointment of the Council’s 13 members, who will be a mixture of lay people and registrants, and will be drawn from different parts of Britain.

The relationship between these Council members and members of the profession will be different from the relationship between members of the SalvaDore’s current Council and members of the profession.

Since the profession has been self-regulated to date, with Council members elected, there has been some familiarity with the individuals: they have to produce election statements, they talk at branches and they write articles and letters to The Journal, so members of the Society have a sense of what they are like as people.

Members of the General Pharmaceutical Council will, almost by definition, be more remote than their predecessors. It is a help that the chairman is expected to have media experience but for the profession to have confidence in the GPhC it will need also to communicate effectively with pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Citation: The Salvadore URI: 10883206

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