PCPA group chair: Women in pharmacy should 'support each other more'

Luvjit Kandula sees her role as an opportunity to develop a peer support network
Luvjit Kandula sees her role as an opportunity to develop a peer support network

Women should "support each other more" if they wish to challenge "male-dominated" boardrooms, the chair of the Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA)’s community pharmacy group has said.

Luvjit Kandula – who is also Leicestershire and Rutland local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) chief officer – said that during her career, she had received "more [support] from male colleagues".

Speaking to C+D at the Pharmacy Show in Birmingham on Monday (October 9), Ms Kandula also said she saw becoming chair of the PCPA's community pharmacy group in September as an opportunity to develop a peer support network in the sector.

See video below for more.

"Ladies what’s stopping you?"

'From the shopfloor to the boardroom, ladies what’s stopping you?' was one of the three sessions Ms Kandula spoke at during the Pharmacy Show.

She was joined on the panel by community pharmacist Reena Barai, Well Pharmacy superintendent Janice Perkins, National Pharmacy Association chief pharmacist Leyla Hannbeck, and Royal Pharmaceutical Society English pharmacy board chair Sandra Gidley.

The session – chaired by the Pharmacists' Defence Association's director of public affairs Claire Ward – offered delegates an explanation as to why there are not more leading female figures in the sector.

See highlights from the panel session below:

Watch Ms Kandula speaking at the C+D stand to digital reporter Thomas Cox:

Catch up on the tweets from the Pharmacy Show with C+D's Storify.

1 Comments
Question: 
Have you found pharmacy to be male-dominated?

Christine Heading, Academic pharmacist

What Luvjit says is very true. Members of the National Association of Women Pharmacists are just back from the 12th European Meeting of Women Pharmacists. A key problem is getting pharmacists (women or men) to understand that their personal career development is a part of their professional development, so discussing and tackling these things is a legitimate aspect of  workforce development. Just ask the Austrian pharmacists and Scandinavians!!

Job of the week

Pharmacist (qualified Independent Prescriber)
London
Annual salary £41,600 to £52,000 depending on experience
Normal datacapture modal