Miles Briggs MSP on workforce pressures, pharmacy first and investing in Scottish pharmacy

Miles Briggs MSP

 

We were delighted to be joined by Miles Briggs MSP on the PIP podcast. Miles is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party MSP for Lothian. He is involved in quite a number of cross-party committees and notably for pharmacists he a member of the Health and Sport Committee. You can find out more about Mile’s voting record, his recent speeches, recent questions that he has asked of the Scottish government and recent motions he has brought forward here.

 

The conservative party in Scotland have created a five-point plan aimed at supporting pharmacy north of the border and this informed a portion of our conversation.

 

Miles was also was good enough to tell me about his background. He was quite candid about how to cope with the day to day rough and tumble of being an MSP.

 

We discussed the thinking behind running the medicines review in Scotland. Miles is involved in this process as a member of the Health and Sport Committee.

 

I asked him about the role of pharmacists in the modern NHS and where he felt the future lies for our profession. We agreed that for the first time in years there are pressures on pharmacy from a workforce perspective. He revealed that he recently asked a question to Jeanne Freeman about how this issue can be addressed and hopefully solved.

 

I asked Miles directly if the Conservative party in Scotland managed to get into power would they invest in community pharmacy. Miles discussed his frustration around the lack of information sharing and particularly told me his strong view that pharmacists should have access to all the patient information that they require. For community pharmacists, this specifically means joined-up information technology and ensuring community pharmacists get access to the patient record.

 

For years community pharmacists have been supporting people who are in recovering from substance misuse. Miles discussed his views in this area and talked about the need to recognise community pharmacists particularly as unsung heroes in this area.

 

We got some insight into the vaccine transformation programme happening across Scotland. Miles is an advocate of community pharmacy extending what they currently deliver in the flu vaccination space but also talked about the need to include pharmacy in the wider discussions on the vaccine transformation programme.

 

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NAWP President on the gender pay gap, snowy white peaks, the PDA and the future of women in pharmacy

 

We were proud to welcome pharmacist Anita White who is President of the National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP). We discussed all things pharmacy but particularly we talked about the history and the future of the NAWP as well as some insights into Anita’s esteemed career.

 

The topics covered in the podcasts are as follows;

 

Were you penalised in terms of your career because you chose to stay at home to have children?

What has changed in pharmacy throughout your career?

Do you feel pharmacists should retain a link to the dispensing function?

What is the history of the NAWP?

What is the core work of the Association?

What is happening around the pay gap in pharmacy?

Can men join the NAWT?

What are the goals of the NAWT and how will you know that you have achieved that?

As a man in pharmacy do you think I could be disadvantaged in my career?

Where has the NAWT come from and where is it going?

Could you explain the background to the new affiliation with the Pharmacists Defence Association?

Is the Pharmacist Defence Association now, therefore, your go-to organisation for professional support in pharmacy?

 

The National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP) was founded in London on 15 June 1905 and has a proud history of supporting women pharmacists. From 1 January 2020, NAWP begins a new chapter as a network of the Pharmacists Defence Association NAWP’s Mission.

To enable all women pharmacists to realise their full potential and raise their profile by being educationally, socially and politically active.

 

The aims of the organisation broadly fall into one of two arms:

 

  • Career-linked issues.
  • Gender-linked aspects of pharmaceutical care.

 

The Association has active links with many organisations. They meet with women pharmacists in many EU countries, liaise with women’s policy-forming groups in the UK, and participate in consultation exercises affecting pharmacy in the UK.

 

Membership is open to all UK pharmacists and former pharmacists (e.g. retired or taking a career break) and all UK pharmacy graduates, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual identity, disability, nationality, hours worked or employment status.

 

 

Find out more about the NAWP here.

 

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CPhO Andrew Evans on the opportunities for pharmacy in Wales and beyond

Andrew Evans Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales

 

Andrew Evans is the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales. At Pharmacy in Practice, we were extremely proud to welcome Andrew on to the podcast to talk about all things pharmacy.

 

We have outlined the questions we asked Andrew below. Click on the podcast link below to hear what turned out to be a very interesting, informative and entertaining conversation.

 

  1. How does one achieve the role of Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and what aspect of your role do you really enjoy?
  2. What is your view on the political ‘shenanigans’ in pharmacy?
  3. What exciting pharmacy projects are happening in Wales at the moment?
  4. There has been a significant shift of pharmacists working in general practice. What steps have you taken to ensure pharmacists moving into new roles in general practice are adequately supported?
  5. It is my assertion that some leaders in decision making roles have never actually done the emerging general practice roles. How do you mitigate this risk?
  6. How important are primary care consultant pharmacist roles to the plans for the development of pharmacists in Wales?
  7. How important is pharmaceutical care in modern pharmacy practice?
  8. What is the minimum community pharmacy locum rate you would work for?
  9. Do test and treat sore throat services encourage unnecessary clinical testing of people?
  10. How far are we along the journey to the decriminalisation of inadvertent dispensing errors?
  11. Do you recognise bullying as a problem in pharmacy?
  12. What is your advice for newly qualified pharmacists coming through?

 

 

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