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BPSA Executive 2014 – 2015 elected!

On Saturday 19th April 2014, delegates attending the 72nd BPSA Annual Conference at De Montfort University, Leicester elected the new BPSA Executive for the upcoming year. The Executive will be as follows:
President: Chloe O’Beirne, Pre-registration pharmacist, ex-University of Portsmouth
Vice President: Annie Sellers, Pre-registration pharmacist, ex-University of Manchester
Treasurer: Position Vacant
Secretary General: Katrina Fredericks, 4th Year, Keele University
Public Relations Officer: Krishen Pattni, 4th Year, Keele University
European Officer: Jenna McClements, 3rd Year, University College London
Information Technology Officer: Amit Parekh, 3rd Year, University of Wolverhampton
Student Exchange Officer: Acacia Leong Pik Kay, 3rd Year, University of Nottingham
Graduate Officer: Marwah Zaki, 4th Year, University of Strathclyde
Publications Officer: Conor McCahill, 2nd Year, University of Manchester
Educational Development Officer: Emma Bolton, Pre-registration Pharmacist, ex-University of Sunderland
Northern Area Coordinator: Alastair Paterson, 1st Year, University of Durham
Pennine Area Coordinator: Ellie Robinson, 3rd Year, Keele University
Western Area Coordinator: Naima Said, 2nd Year, University of Reading
Eastern Area Coordinator: Michael Champion, 2nd Year, University of East Anglia
Southern Area Coordinator: Russell Canterbury, 2nd Year, University of Portsmouth
Annual Conference Organisers: Patricia Lenk & Stephen Messham, 3rd Year & 2nd Year, Liverpool John Moores University
Competitions Coordinator: Position Vacant

The positions of Treasurer and Competitions Coordinator are currently unfilled. Cooption for these two positions will open on Wednesday May 7th 2014 and close at midnight on Wednesday 24th May 2014. The process of cooption involves candidates wishing to apply for the vacant positions completing the application form and submitting it Katy Parsons, current BPSA President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on Wednesday 24th May 2014. The incoming BPSA Executive 2014 – 2015 will discuss applications at the 6th Executive Meeting on the 7th & 8th June 2014. Candidates will be informed about the success of their application shortly after this date.

BPSA response to the NHS England consultation ‘Pharmacy Call to Action: Improving care through community pharmacy’

The BPSA believes that community pharmacy is an essential and accessible service available to the majority of the general public, although the public may not be aware of the expertise, education and services that pharmacists and pharmacy staff have to offer.

The BPSA would like to see a development of the current services community pharmacy offers the public. For this to happen several points must be considered, these include:

  • Pharmacy students should be educated about the career development opportunities available in community pharmacy.
  • A recognised career pathway (including a formally accepted framework) should be developed for pharmacists working in a community pharmacy.
  • Career frameworks that are already in place for pharmacists with special interests should be formally accepted and recognised as the standard for that speciality.
  • For specialist pharmacist groups that do not already have a career framework in place, one should be developed and formally recognised.
  • NHS England should encourage and support community pharmacies and academic health science networks to work together to increase the amount of research carried out in a community pharmacy setting.
  • NHS England should work with primary and secondary care providers of pharmacy services to improve communication links between both groups and improve a patients’ experience when there is a transfer of care.
  • NHS England should work with the appropriate organisations to develop national specifications for enhanced services offered by community pharmacies that can be commissioned depending on the local needs of the population.

To recognise the potential of the pharmacy workforce and for NHS England to work with appropriate organisations to develop the roles of the pharmacy team.

The full BPSA response can be accessed here.

BPSA, RPS and UKCPA announce collaborated event for Pre Reg and newly qualified pharmacists!

Springboard Symposium: Launch your pharmacy career!

The RPS, BPSA and the UKCPA are delighted to present their first joint event aimed at pre-registration and newly qualified pharmacists who are looking to gain the advice and tools needed to successfully launch their careers in pharmacy.

This landmark symposium will take place on Saturday 5 April 2014 at the Manchester Conference Centre. Delegates will also be given an opportunity to join the GHP/UKCPA 10th Joint National Conference proceedings on the Sunday morning of 6 April 2014.

This event is also supported by the GHP.

The agenda for the day can be found here.

Day rates:
Saturday – £50 (including lunch and refreshments)
Sunday – £10 (including refreshments)
*Saturday night pre-dinner drinks, dinner and disco at The Mercure Hotel – £35

Reservation for this event is via online registration form. To reserve your place, please complete and submit the form found here


My vision for community pharmacy in 2020

The BPSA are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new competition, in association with Boots, – ‘My vision for community pharmacy in 2020’.

Topics to consider in submission would include:

  • Core services
  • Layout of the pharmacy
  • Support staff
  • Pharmacist activities
  • Innovative thinking
  • Public health agenda
  • Revenue generation
  • Inter-professional interaction
  • Long term conditions
  • Behaviours within the profession
  • Involvement in research

Please submit a proposal, of no more than 500 words, on the above topic. Bullet points can be used. Further details can be found here.

THE PRIZES – five finalists will be invited to attend BPSA Day at the BPSA Annual Conference at De Montfort University, Leicester, on Thursday 17th April 2014 and present their proposal to the judging panel. The winner will be awarded £100 Boots vouchers and the opportunity to spend a day with Marc Donovan MRPharmS, FFRPS, Head of Professional Training for Pharmacy and Optics, Boots UK.

This is a truly unique opportunity to spend the day with a member of the senior management team at Boots and will be invaluable on any CV! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity – submit your proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on Friday 14th March 2014 to be in the running!

BPSA Graduate Conferences

Tickets are now available for the second round of BPSA Graduate Conferences, held in association with the Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA).  The conferences are entitled "Finishing First" and are designed to help you prepare for the registration assessment and life as a practising pharmacist.  The conferences will include a short mock assessment, so you can put your knowledge to the test, and ways to risk manage common pitfalls encountered by newly registered pharmacists.  The dates and locations of the conferences are as follows:

Saturday 8th March: Glasgow

Thursday 20th March: Manchester

Saturday 22nd March: Birmingham

Saturday 5th April: London

Tickets cost just £10 and are available from www.conferenceevent.com.  What are you waiting for?  Book yours today!

EPSA Survey

The next EPSA Annual Reception in Brussels will focus on the topic of mobile health. EPSA are looking to hear the opinion of their members about this topic and would like to invite their members to fill in an online survey - it only takes 1 minute, and your contribution will be much appreciated! Remember, as a member of the BPSA you are automatically a member of EPSA.

Let us know your opinion and complete the online survey Just click here!

GPhC launch guidance for tutoring for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

New guidance has been produced by the GPhC to help those who tutor pre-registration trainee pharmacists and pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians to fulfil their roles and provide appropriate support and supervision to their trainees.

A copy of this guidance can be found here.

Changes to BNF distribution to the NHS - December 2013

NICE has announced changes in the distribution of BNFs to hospital pharmacies that will affect pre-registration trainees.

As the GPhC require pre-registration trainees to have a hard copy of the March-September 2014 BNF for the 2014 Registration Assessment, pre-regs will now be required to purchase their own copy.

Click here for more information!

Free places for students at pharmacy history conference!

The British Society for the History of Pharmacy conference is on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March at the Best Western Westley Hotel in Birmingham. Student places for the lecture sessions on the Saturday and Sunday mornings are free.

Topics on Saturday (9.15am - 1pm) include three talks on pharmacy and World War One, and the medicinal use of unicorn horn! Sunday's session (10.45am - 1pm) has the Burnby Memorial Lecture on the development of steroids as a topical treatment for eczema, and a lecture on public health in 18th and 19th century Birmingham.

Everyone is welcome, but you must book your place in advance by emailing our Conference Organiser Dr Shirley Ellis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Area Conference tickets are now on sale!

The Spring Area Conference tickets have now been launched.

Click here to find out more!

© British Pharmaceutical Students' Association 2013