We work hard to ensure policy makers understand the crucial role community pharmacy plays in the communities they represent. In addition to briefing key Parliamentarians about the sector and its goals, we also seek to grow our list of sector advocates from all sides of the political divide. In so doing, we make sure that the work undertaken by our working groups and policy colleagues receives the attention it warrants, and drives the change we want.
But this communication does not simply go one way – we are equally focussed on listening to our stakeholders and helping the sector to be aware of, and adapt to, the changing policy environment.
In addition to direct advocacy work, we support the All Party Pharmacy Group – an association of MPs from all parties who share a strong interest in the pharmacy sector and meet regularly to discuss the most important issues facing the sector.