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Scotland's outgoing chief pharmaceutical officer joins GPhC council

Rose Marie Parr will retire from her CPO role at the end of July
Rose Marie Parr will retire from her CPO role at the end of July

Scotland’s chief pharmaceutical officer (CPO) will join the GPhC’s governing body next month, the regulator has announced.

Rose Marie Parr was appointed as a General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) council member along with Selina Ullah and Yousaf Ahmad to replace three departing members who served “two terms on the council”, the regulator announced earlier this week (March 9).

GPhC chair Nigel Clarke said the new members will “bring a wealth of high-level experience and expertise [and] will be valuable assets to the council”.

Ms Parr’s appointment as a GPhC council member follows last week’s (March 6) announcement that she will be retiring as Scotland’s CPO at the end of July.

Announcing her departure, Scotland’s health secretary Jeane Freeman said in a statement on Twitter that Ms Parr “made a significant and valuable contribution as chief pharmaceutical officer over the past five years”.

“In her time, she has provided consistent leadership and has been an exemplary CPO. I wish her the very best for her retirement when it comes at the end of July.”

Ms Parr has been Scotland’s CPO since April 2015. During her time in the role, she launched 'Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care' in 2017, a strategy document as part of which she hoped to encourage people to use pharmacy as a “first port of call”.

She was previously chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain – the organisation that was in charge of regulating pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales before these powers were transferred to the GPhC in September 2010.

What do you make of Ms Parr's decision to join the GPhC governing body?

Mark Ashmore, Superintendent Pharmacist

I hope she can continue to address inequalities and put patients first while working for the GPhC.

She was easily the most impressive speaker at the 2019 NPA conference.


Kevin Western, Community pharmacist

the 'Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care' document is good... how it translates into the GPhC is anyones guess. i hope she is a positive force and stamps out some of the gobbldegook we normally get... see GPhC "considering"(!!!!) halting inspections during the outbreak. 

what they should be saying is, do what you can as safely as you can and lets get through this, forget regulations, but power is obviously far too difficult to let go and there are lots of backsides to protect...

Dave Downham, Manager


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