The NPA began life as the Retail Pharmacists Union in 1921 and has since grown to become the leading voice of independent community pharmacy across the UK. throughout the year, the NPA will be planning a series of activities, including special recognition for some of its longest serving members.

Amongst the activities planned are:

  • Celebrating the NPA’s longest-standing members
  • Consultations with members about the future of independent community pharmacy
  • Renewed efforts to recruit the next generation of pharmacists (in partnership with other pharmacy bodies) and engage pharmacy students
  • Charity fundraising based on the ‘100’ theme
  • An official written history of the NPA’s first 100 years
  • Member events in all four countries of the UK.
Latest activity:

NPA fundraising for mental health charities

As part of the centenary celebrations, the NPA is partnering with mental health charities MIND, SAMH, and INSPIRE WELLBEING across the UK to help raise funding to support their vital efforts. Read more here

Highlights from the NPA Centenary evening

To celebrate our centenary, the NPA hosted a webinar on the 28th of April 2021.

Delivered by Dr. Ian Cubbin, we shared key historical events in the history of the NPA and community pharmacy. We considered the major landmarks for independent community pharmacy in the past 100 years.

We also discussed how can we shape the next 100 years to benefit pharmacies, the NHS and patients.

Understand the challenges facing community pharmacy in 2021 and  hear views on the opportunities for community pharmacy in the years and decades to come.

Looking back to why she became a community pharmacist, Reena Barai explains why patient care is her main motivation.

We also heard from Sandra Gidley – RPS President on her perspective on the history and the need for us to build together.

 

Thank you to all who attended and celebrated with us !

 

Read our latest press release

The NPA began life as the Retail Pharmacists Union in 1921 and has since grown to become the leading voice of independent community pharmacy across the UK. Hear from the NPA chair, Andrew Lane.

Meet the NPA

We are proud to represent independent pharmacies across the UK. Our members are a local lifeline and vital to the health of the nation.

Pharmacy Stories

NPA members tell us about their life and times in community pharmacy, as part of the Association’s centenary celebrations.

Contact us with your stories

NPA members who would like to share the history of their own pharmacy, as part of the NPA’s centenary celebrations are invited to contact Us.

The last 100 years of community pharmacy

As we celebrate the NPA's centenary we look back at all the key moments over the last 100 years.

NPA Centenary on Twitter

We're delighted to see the amount of support we received in celebrating our centenary. Read through a selection of some of the support we received on Twitter