You’ll be our anchor, First Minister of Wales tells NPA members

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, and Wales’ Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Andrew Evans were among guests to gather at Cardiff Castle on Monday to celebrate the centenary of the National Pharmacy Association.

Mark Drakeford told the assembled NPA members:  “The word ‘community’ in community pharmacy means something. As well as being an essential clinical resource, community pharmacy is an economic driver.  As we rebuild after the pandemic, you will be one of the anchors that help maintain the vitality of local high streets.” He praised the work of pharmacy teams during the pandemic, saying: “You have been on the frontline of the extraordinary experience we’ve all been through. Without you we wouldn’t have got through this together… that’s why there is support for community pharmacy across the political spectrum in Wales.” Making a formal toast, Andrew Evans said: “We have ambitions for a reinvented community pharmacy service – one that is thoroughly modern but built around the values and behaviours that are intrinsic to independent community pharmacy. The NPA and its members will have an invaluable role in that future.” Health & Social Services Minister, Eluned Morgan, told guests, via a recorded video message, that the lessons of the pandemic will “help us further develop the role of pharmacies” and promised ongoing support. She looked forward to “a positive agreement [with Community Pharmacy Wales] later this financial year, which will reflect our shared ambition that every community pharmacy in Wales will provide an extended range of services, available consistently across the country.”…

National Pharmacy Association centenary year begins

The National Pharmacy Association is 100 years old this year. To mark the centenary, the NPA plans a series of activities throughout the year, including special recognition for some of its longest serving members.

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. NPA chair, Andrew Lane, said: “The NPA has been at the heart of community pharmacy for a hundred years and our members have touched the lives of millions of people over that time.  It’s a privilege to be so embedded in the community pharmacy story – a story about which we can all be very proud. “Over these 100 years, the NPA has brought community pharmacists together, to pool resources, to learn from each other and to deliver fantastic patient services at scale.  We’ve also stood together at times of adversity and challenge, as right now. “As well as commemorating the past, we also want to use this centenary year as a springboard to the future.  Community pharmacy must constantly evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of the population and the NPA will be with our members on that change journey.” 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. Visit our dedicated page here.…