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NPA and IPF to merge

Claire Ward says the merger will ensure the two organisations do not duplicate work

The National Pharmacy Association and the Independent Pharmacy Federation (IPF) will join forces in April, as IPF chief executive Claire Ward moves to Pharmacy Voice

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) and the Independent Pharmacy Federation (IPF) will merge next week, the organisations have announced.

The two bodies would “pool resources” and operate under the NPA’s name, creating one national representative body for independent pharmacy from April 1, they said today (March 24).

The news came as IPF chief executive Claire Ward announced she would leave the organisation on the same day to begin a three-year tenure as the first female chair of Pharmacy Voice, replacing Hampshire & Isle of Wight LPC chief officer Paul Bennett. Former Labour MP Ms Ward has held the position at the IPF since 2011.

The NPA said the merger was a “natural development” of the organisation's decision to restrict full membership to independent pharmacies in 2013.
 

'A close relationship'

NPA chair Ian Strachan said: "Independents need be in no doubt that the full weight of the NPA's large membership base is being deployed to help [them] thrive." The NPA had "enjoyed a close relationship" with the IPF since they created a joint manifesto for independents in 2013, and it was "looking forward to working with [IPF chair] Fin McCaul and others", Mr Strachan added.

The NPA told C+D that IPF members would not automatically be granted NPA membership if they did not have it already and would still need to apply.

Although IPF chair Fin McCaul would not be able to nominate himself for the NPA's management board until seats become available in 2018, he said he would be "working with the NPA to find new ways of reaching out to members".

Ms Ward said the merger would ensure that the groups did not duplicate their work and having one membership body for independents would strengthen the sector at this “challenging time”.

The NPA is without a chief executive, after Mike Holden stepped down from the position in October.

 

 


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9 Comments

Niall Murray, Superintendent

Only person I can align with in these blogs is Neeraj. Yeah, sure an amalgamation has taken place. So what? Let's look ahead one year and litmus test the outcomes and benefits. There will be no color change. Clare Ward a non-pharmacist ex-mp. Again, so what. What credentials does she possess? When has she ever canvassed opinion at the coalface or even visited a pharmacy other than when her profile seems to be diluting. This is a story, just another story not even a good narrative and certainly not a good news story. Pharmacy remains as moribund as ever and there will be no saviour in this futile re-arrangement. As one colleague pointed out recently: look to our leaders in the pharmacy world and what do you see? Nothing more than a series of poorly equipped would be parvenus & consultants who refuse point blank to ever visit the pharmacy frontline but will pontificate vociferously without any actual substance and with a whole absence of clinical understanding. We remain disputatious, factional and ineffectual. We await the new frontier heralded in madame Ward and co.

Niall Murray, Superintendent

Only person I can align with in these blogs is Neeraj. Yeah, sure an amalgamation has taken place. So what? Let's look ahead one year and litmus test the outcomes and benefits. There will be no color change. Clare Ward a non-pharmacist ex-mp. Again, so what. What credentials does she possess? When has she ever canvassed opinion at the coalface or even visited a pharmacy other than when her profile seems to be diluting. This is a story, just another story not even a good narrative and certainly not a good news story. Pharmacy remains as moribund as ever and there will be no saviour in this futile re-arrangement. As one colleague pointed out recently: look to our leaders in the pharmacy world and what do you see? Nothing more than a series of poorly equipped would be parvenus & consultants who refuse point blank to ever visit the pharmacy frontline but will pontificate vociferously without any actual substance and with a whole absence of clinical understanding. We remain disputatious, factional and ineffectual. We await the new frontier heralded in madame Ward and co.

Neeraj Salwan, Superintendent Pharmacist

Don't make a difference to me, NPA don't really exist up in Scotland. Feel sorry for IPF members who don't want to be affiliated with NPA but now need to pay the horrendous fees NPA need to fuel their board members.. We have RPS, GPhC, NPA, PSNC etc etc with all their associated fees but still so many problems- why?

Farm Assistant, Community pharmacist

Because their first priority is their pension.

Mike Bereza, Community pharmacist

Good move, Claire Ward will be a hell of an asset to Pharmacy Voice and hopefully the NPA will get some umpf from vociferous IPF membership, exciting stuff.

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Well let's see how it works out as someone at the top needs to move over. The NPA is a toothless organisation so maybe the synergy from the IPF may give it some hootzpah.

Bharat Shah, Community pharmacist

Excellent news for Pharmacy - in particular the Retail sector. Representation to the DOH will be much stronger and effective

Chris Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Good news, one less useless and irrelevant pharmacy organisation on the scene. Now how about merging the RPS with the PSNC and the new NPA/IPF to make an organisation that might just be around 1/10th as useful as the only pharmacy organisation worth joining and listening to, the PDA.

Brian Austen, Senior Management

Good move

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