Are there barriers to women leaders in pharmacy?
With a number of pharmacy organisations with few or no women on their elected boards, what might be stopping more women putting themselves forward was the subject of a panel discussion at the Pharmacy Show, chaired by Clare Ward, director of public affairs at the PDA.
More information about what is involved in being a board member of a national organisation could help, proposed Leyla Hannbeck, chief pharmacist at the National Pharmacy Association. Although the NPA currently has no women on its board, â€œItâ€™s a fair election; anyone can stand,â€ she emphasised.
It is important to tell people that you want to get involved said Janice Perkins, superintendent pharmacist, at Well. â€œItâ€™s also about picking the right moment in your career,â€ she said. â€œYou need to take those opportunities to really make things happen.â€
Surrey pharmacy owner and community pharmacist locality lead for Sutton CCG, Reena Barrai, said that underlying self-doubt and what still may be a greater share of practical responsibilities for home life and family can often be barriers. â€œMany women havenâ€™t got equality in home life,â€ she suggested.
From the floor, Annette Kerr, chief executive of the Company Chemistsâ€™ Association, said half of the 12-person CCA board are currently women.
Whether woman or man, we need to be looking at whoever is best for the job, commented Leyla Hannbeck, National Pharmacy Association. â€œIf I can do the job, Iâ€™ll go for the job.â€
English National Boardâ€™s Sandra Gidley agreed. â€œIf you want something, go for it,â€ she said.
Luvjit Kandula of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland LPC advised: â€œHave a clear purpose and objective. Make the most of the opportunities you have in front of you.â€ The more you get involved in, the more you improve your experience and confidence, she suggested.
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