Helen Gordon will leave the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in February next year to become the chief executive of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), the RPS has announced.
Helen joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 1 July 2010 and developed its role, work and impact as the newly dedicated professional body for pharmacists after the organisation split from its regulatory function that year.
Under Helen's leadership, the RPS has introduced a professional development and recognition system for pharmacists, the RPS Faculty and Foundation programmes; published professional standards and guidance and increased the profile and contribution of the RPS to international pharmacy.
The organisation has also gained greater recognition for speaking on behalf of the pharmacy profession, obtained a higher level of participation from patient groups and is actively working in collaboration with other Royal Colleges on initiatives that benefit patients.
Speaking about her time at the Society Helen said: "I am very proud of the team we have built here, who give their all to make RPS successful. Our ability to provide members with the products and services they need means pharmacists are better able to care for patients and the public.
“I would like to pay credit to all the elected members, staff and Presidents, past and present, who work tirelessly to support the pharmacy profession and wider public. It has been a privilege to work so closely with pharmacy, Royal Colleges, and other health professional organisations in the UK and globally to take forward initiatives that benefit both pharmacists and the patients and people they care for.
“I have enjoyed my time serving the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the wider pharmacy profession immensely and I am proud to have contributed to the success of the RPS as a thriving professional body and publisher, and know the organisation will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Paying tribute to Helen, Martin Astbury RPS President, said: “Helen joined the Society at a time of enormous change, I have no doubt that much of our success is down to the leadership and drive that Helen has shown as RPS chief executive over the last seven years. We are now a more influential organisation, with a higher profile, and growing membership.
“Helen has championed initiatives that have supported and developed the profession, improving patient care and public health. I wish Helen all the best at the Royal Society of Medicine and look forward to working together with Helen in future. We have begun the process to recruit the new RPS chief executive, to continue to develop the Society and our publishing business, working with our Boards and Executive Team.”
A recruitment process for the new RPS CEO is currently underway.