Join Lloydspharmacy, Boots and PDA reps at C+D’s racism in pharmacy webinar
C+D will host its third annual racism in pharmacy webinar next week to discuss the active steps pharmacy organisations are taking to fight discrimination and the barriers they face in tackling racism in pharmacy.
Leaders from organisations including Lloydspharmacy, the Association of Independent Multiple pharmacists (AIMp), Boots and the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) will join C+D next Thursday (July 28) between 2 and 3pm.
Chaired by C+D’s clinical and custom content editor Nana Ofori-Atta, the webinar's panel will feature:
- Amandeep Doll, head of professional belonging, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- Rupa Patel, executive director, Day Lewis, representing AIMp
- Barinder Kataria, in-house solicitor, PDA
- Jasmine Shah, head of advice and support services, National Pharmacy Association
- Victoria Steele, superintendent pharmacist, Lloydspharmacy
- Sachin Patel, senior ethical commercial development manager, Boots UK
C+D’s third annual campaign
This year’s panel will examine what – if anything – has changed over the past year, what pharmacy organisations have been doing to tackle racism in community pharmacy, what more needs to be done, and the barriers to change.
In 2020, racial inequality was brought to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Black Lives Matter protests swept across the globe, a C+D survey revealed some shocking statistics about racism experienced by pharmacy teams.
But the results of last year’s C+D racism in pharmacy survey suggested very little had changed over the previous 12 months, with 63% of respondents revealing that they had suffered racial abuse at least once from patients in the six months prior to the survey.
C+D reported earlier this month that the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will start anonymising registrants’ data in case papers, to minimise unconscious bias during its fitness-to-practise (FtP) decision-making process.
It comes as the regulator’s 2021/2022 FtP concern data again revealed racial “disproportionality in the concerns we received”, it said.
C+D’s webinar on July 28 will examine how far the sector still has to go to eradicate the scourge of racism and the role community pharmacy’s major employers and key representative groups play.