Pharmaceutical Society creates public affairs post

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the professional body representing pharmacists, is to appoint a director of public affairs, a new post heading up the society’s restructured communication function.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the professional

body representing pharmacists, is to appoint a director of public

affairs, a new post heading up the society’s restructured communication

function.



The new director will report directly to the society’s secretary and

registrar John Ferguson and will oversee 25 people. The post’s remit

includes: member services; the society’s information centre and museum;

external PR and conferences, and overseeing branch and regional

organisation.



Ferguson said: ’We’re trying to coordinate our message to both our

members and the public. We need to respond quickly to initiatives in the

National Health Services, and we need to get the organisation ready to

do that’.



The society has 41,000 members and over 100 branches nationwide. It

registers both pharmacies and pharmacists. Under the 1968 Medicines Act,

the society’s inspectors regulate the retail sale of medicine.



The society is currently promoting the role of pharmacists in both the

Government’s health service restructuring plans and in preliminary

proposals to extend prescription rights to professional groups aside

from doctors, vets and some nurses.



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