Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and fellow healthcare professionals are in Edinburgh today for pharmacy’s first Celtic Conference.
The conference is being delivered in partnership with United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association and RPS Scotland, and the programme is accredited by the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Keynote speaker, Scotland’s Rose Marie Parr says it is an important occasion for pharmacy:
“The expectations on our profession are increasing across the UK regardless of where we live and work,” says Professor Parr. “As a profession, when we share and discuss innovative ideas and approaches to delivering pharmaceutical care, and we think how these approaches might translate into our own practice, we create new opportunities for patients.
“It is a huge privilege to welcome so many of my Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish colleagues to Edinburgh for what I know will be a fascinating day of conversations.”
Celtic Conference Chairman, Ted Butler, says there are benefits for the Celtic nations from getting out of the shadow of their larger neighbour:
“The drive to bring the nations together at a single event came from senior pharmacists in each of the three countries who told us they wanted to join forces with their Celtic colleagues but didn’t have the opportunity.
“I think that what you’re seeing across the NHS in the three Celtic nations is much closer working between the secondary and primary care, coupled with an increasing commitment to bring community pharmacy into the pattern of delivery of healthcare.
“Across each of the nations there is a sense that pharmacy is already demonstrating that it has answer to the big healthcare challenges and that, in policy terms, the door is opening and there is a real opportunity for the profession to be recognised fully for what it can deliver. The Celtic Conference is about demonstrating the effectiveness of pharmacy in the real world, showing we really do have many of the answers, and to push that door open even wider.”