UKPPLAB to elevate pharmacist satisfaction and enhance patient safety

In a bid to bolster professional leadership within the pharmacy sector, the four government Chief Pharmaceutical Officers (CPhOs) have embarked on a
significant initiative, forming the UK Pharmacy Professional Leadership Advisory Board (UKPPLAB).

In a recent communication, all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians received confirmation of the board members selected by the CPhOs, alongside a note from the
board’s appointed chair, who was chosen collectively by the four CPhOs and reports directly to the CPhO for England.

Over three years, the 21-member Board will implement recommendations from the UK Commission on Pharmacy Professional Leadership’s report aimed to enhance
professional fulfillment among pharmacists while simultaneously augmenting patient safety standards.

This announcement also follows with the appointment of Sir Hugh Taylor as its Independent Chair and the appointment of Independent Expert Members who expressed
his delight over the role’s “potential to lead and support collaboration across the professions in the UK”.

However, the move has been met with cautious optimism from the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA), urging the new board to uphold transparency and openness
to garner trust among pharmacists.