Health Education England (HEE) are working collaboratively with a number of NHS and pharmaceutical partners to ensure the most is made of the benefits of the diverse workforce, in order to improve healthcare provision for those using pharmacy services.
Working alongside NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, HEE have developed a joint national plan for inclusive pharmacy practice.
The new national plan will help develop and embed inclusive pharmacy professional practice into everyday care for patients and members of the public to support the prevention of ill health and address health inequalities across the country.
As part of the plan, immediate actions for pharmacy professional leaders at all levels and in all care settings to consider have been outlined.
These include developing their understanding of the benefits of having a diverse team and culturally competent healthcare service delivery.
This includes ensuring the voices of BAME colleagues are represented and heard in decision-making forums at all levels.
Alan Ryan, Director of National Transformation Programmes, said: “We know how vital a diverse and inclusive workforce is to deliver improved care for patients.
“We’re proud to support the Joint National Plan for Inclusive Pharmacy Practice in England.
“We will continue to support ways of working to ensure that our whole workforce reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.”