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