The UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) have today announced that Dr Ruth Bednall has taken up the position of Chair in the organisation after unanimous support from the UKCPA General Committee.
Ruth, who is Principal Pharmacist (Clinical Services) at Royal Stoke University Hospital and takes over the role from Co-Chairs Ann Page and Mark Borthwick, has been a UKCPA General Committee member since 2015 and will serve a three-year term from 1 January 2019.
Ruth says, “I am very honoured to accept the nomination of my fellow General Committee members to the role of Chair of UKCPA. The organisation has helped to shape and support me throughout my professional career and I feel very privileged to be asked to help lead it over the next few years.”
She continues, “I look forward to working with the wider UKCPA family more closely. There are many new challenges facing our profession and the value of networking and peer support has never been greater. As we equip ourselves for the clinical roles our patients will require from us in the future, accessible high quality training and development will be essential, alongside the development of evidence-based standards of practice. These elements are the core of UKCPA and I am committed to ensuring that, as an organisation, we lead the profession into this future as a strong and innovative community of committed clinical practitioners.”
Mark Borthwick has stepped down as Co-Chair and from the General Committee as of 31 December 2018. Mark was Chair of UKCPA from January 2013 until May 2015, supported by Ann Page as Vice-Chair. When Ann took over as Chair in May 2015, Mark continued on the General Committee as Past Chair. In January 2018 Mark and Ann joined forces to become Co-Chairs of UKCPA.
Mark says, “The UKCPA has promoted, educated and inspired pharmacists over many decades. It is a vanguard organisation whose vision has helped shape knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated practitioners who have themselves transformed ‘clinical pharmacy’ from a new off-shoot of pharmacy to an indispensable part of the modern NHS.”
He continues, “I am privileged to have worked within the leadership team of this amazing organisation and eagerly look forward to developments coming to fruition.”
Ann Page, who was Vice Chair of UKCPA from 2013 and has been Chair since 2015, will take on the role of Past Chair for a three year term from 1 January 2019.
She describes her time as Chair as a “very great honour” and is “delighted to be handing the Chair to such a qualified successor and am looking forward to continuing my involvement with UKCPA in other ways”.
She continues, “I have been constantly impressed by the commitment of the UKCPA team, elected committee, trustees, specialist clinical groups and members to the advancement of pharmacy practice and ultimately the care of patients.”