In July 2020 the Board of Directors wrote to all members, setting out our ambition for the Association with regard to inclusion and diversity, a copy of that letter can be found here.
These pages of the website will be used to update our members on those ambitions and our work towards meeting them.
APTUK Membership: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Questionnaire
As detailed in the documents below. APTUK began to collect demographic details of our members, across the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. This data will enable APTUK to review their representation and create an action plan to address any issues.
The questionnaire is now closed and data collection and reporting as part of the Phase 1 Joint National Plan for Inclusive Pharmacy Practice (detailed below) has begun.
The 2022 EDI calendar of events is now available. Feel free to download it here
You can find resources for Cultural Competence and Inclusive Pharmacy Practice in our key resources here.
The Diversity and Representation in the Leadership of the Pharmacy Professions webinar took place on Tuesday 6th July 2021. The webinar was chaired by APTUK President Liz Fidler and presented by Dr Bola Owolabi. The event contained thought provoking presentations and discussions on the themes of leadership in pharmacy professions and diversity. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.
In light of the recently published commission’s report into racial and ethnic disparities in the UK, we want to reassure our members that the APTUK continue to be fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion within our organisation, membership and wider profession. We believe all forms of racism and discrimination are unacceptable and not to be tolerated.
We will continue to be informed by the wealth of evidence that demonstrate health inequalities are further driven by structural racism, and will continue to listen to the experiences of our diverse membership and reflect their views in all we do. Only by valuing each other, respecting difference and recognising how this makes us stronger will we create a more unified profession.
APTUK are dedicated to fulfilling its commitment to members to strive to address the barriers and discrimination faced by individuals from Black, Asian and other ethnicities, and the commitments made in the work details below.
March 2021 - Joint National Plan for Inclusive Pharmacy Practice in England
APTUK are proud to have co-produced the National Plan reinforcing our commitments outlined in the Joint National Statement of Principles (below).
Please click here to view the Joint Letter from the APTUK, RPS and NHSE&I on the launch of this plan.
Please click here to view the Joint National Plan for Inclusive Pharmacy Practice in England.
The Inclusive Pharmacy Practice - FutureNHS Collaboration Platform can be accessed here and will be posting best practice, webinar dates and other plan developments.
The pages of this website will be updated shortly with the APTUK specific plans to meet our ambitions for Theme 1: Leadership and Representation and Theme 2: Professional Education and Training.
February 2021 - Update video
Inclusive Pharmacy Professional Practice National Roundtable – 5th August 2020
APTUK co-chaired the roundtable event with NHSE&I and the RPS.
The outcome of the roundtable event was the development of an aim statement to focus future inclusivity work:
To work collaboratively to develop and embed inclusive pharmacy professional practice into everyday care for patients and members of the public, to support the prevention of ill-health and address health inequalities within our diverse communities.
The Joint National Statement of Principles on Inclusive Pharmacy Professional Practice was nationally launched on the 25th September 2020 and shared directly with our members via a joint letter which can be viewed here. You can see a copy of the Joint Statement of Principles here.
Health Inequalities and Pharmacy Professional Practice Programme Design Group
The APTUK co-chair the Health Inequalities and Pharmacy Professional Practice Programme Design Group meetings with NHSE&I and the RPS and meet fortnightly to take forward the objectives from the Roundtable and Statement of Principles.
Updates on the progress of this group will be updated here in due course.
Silence is not an Option webinar
The APTUK were delighted to be able to offer a free for members webinar delivered by Stuart Lawrence.
The presentation and signposting documents from this webinar are available in the member webinar section of the website.
The APTUK will be supported further by Stuart co-mentoring and assisting the Board in understanding the challenges faced.
The APTUK does not currently obtain demographic data on gender, ethnicity, or age. Collating this data will enable APTUK to report on membership representation and set inclusive objectives. We are currently working on the most efficient ways to gather this data and updating policies to hold and use it. We will inform all members when we are ready to collect this data and how we will collect and use it.