Pharmaceutical Association to seek PR head

The National Pharmaceutical Association, which represents 7,000 chemists around the country, is looking for a new head of public relations.

The National Pharmaceutical Association, which represents 7,000

chemists around the country, is looking for a new head of public

relations.



The vacancy arose this week after the present incumbent Colette McCreedy

moved to the new post of head of practice division. Her role now

involves co-ordinating the activities of three distinct departments: PR,

information and professional development, which sells and markets

pharmaceutical services to local purchasing authorities.



Reporting to McCreedy, the new head of PR will take charge of a staff of

five and handle press and PR for the association. Audiences include

healthcare professionals, local authorities, professional bodies and

patient organisations as well as the general public. The job also

involves some lobbying and public affairs work.



McCreedy said the association was looking for candidates with experience

of the healthcare sector and would consider both agency and in-house PR

professionals.



Founded in 1921 and based in St Albans, the NPA represents 7,000

individual chemists which together own 10,000 pharmacies. Members

include most high street and independent retailers, except Boots and

Lloyds Chemists, which was taken over by Gehe.



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