Fair Pay for the NHS

I hope you have been able to find time to read the August GHP President’s blog, but just in case can I particularly bring to your attention to the section on Fair Pay for the NHS: “GHP represents pharmacists at the Unite national health committee and was in total agreement with our colleagues from other professions that the 3% on offer will not address the large real terms decrease in pay since 2010, and do very little to staunch the escalating ‘recruitment and retention’ crisis across the NHS”. We have all been through such a lot in the last 18 months and many pharmacists and other NHS staff are exhausted, but the reality is that to make the Government think again we will have to consider some form of protest or action (whilst keeping patients safe) – hence the consultative ballot which has opened and runs until Friday 24th September.
Unite in Health are recommending to Pharmacist members to vote to say no to 3% and yes to action in the indicative industrial action ballots which takes place simultaneously alongside the consultative ballot.

If you have not yet received a ballot, via the email that Unite have sent to you (check Junk/Spam), please email healthsector@unitetheunion.org as soon as possible, with your full name and membership number.

Read more here.

Professor Mike Cullen RIP

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists was saddened to learn of the recent death of Professor Mike Cullen, former GHP President (1984 -85).  Prof Cullen was not only an active GHP Council member and President, he was also a co-founder of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) and a life-long advocate for pharmacists’ education and training, always keen to try innovative methods to inspire future pharmacy practice. 

In his career, Mike achieved many accolades; he was Pharmaceutical Officer for Derbyshire Area Health Authority, Vice President of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP), founding Dean of the Faculty of Health and Community studies at Derby University, Dean of Flexible and Distance Learning at Derby amongst others.  Prof Cullen’s vision and tireless work ethic served to lay the foundations of what we accept as standard clinical pharmacy practice (for the whole pharmacy team) across the UK, and he is an inspiration to all of us who follow in his footsteps.

His legacy of innovation, reflection and hard work will live on in our pharmacy practice, thank you Mike.

He will be sadly missed, and our thoughts are with his wife Celia and his family. 


Roisín O’Hare (President, GHP)

on behalf of the current and former GHP Executive Committee members

World Pharmacists Day

On the 25th September, the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) join with colleagues across the world in celebrating World Pharmacists Day.  

Working as a pharmacist is a rewarding and satisfying career, and there has never been greater recognition of your role and the importance of the profession of Pharmacy.  Pharmacy is leading the drive for Sustainability in medicines use and is helping the NHS to achieve net zero.

Overprescribing Reviews across the UK highlight how much work there is still to be done on prescribing systems and the culture of prescribing, and also recognises that pharmacists, and pharmacy teams, in all settings, are at the heart of these solutions.  

We are leaders in patient safety and appropriate medicines use, and we occupy a unique role in the heart of the healthcare team.  As a team, we also possess problem solving, technical, aseptics and procurement skills which were crucial in helping the NHS to react, adapt and cope during the pandemic and to ensure that patients continued to receive their regular medications, as well as novel therapies.  

At this time of significant change, and challenge, in the NHS, it has never been more important to join a trade union.  You can join the GHP here; https://www.ghp.org.uk/join-today/ 

Annual Report 2020

In 2020, as an Organisation, we are most proud of how our members in secondary and primary care rose to every trial put forth by the COVID pandemic. We are all honoured to be Pharmacists and to support our patients, our pharmacy teams, our healthcare colleagues and our communities in one of the most challenging periods of all of our careers. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your work throughout the pandemic and to remind you all how valuable each one of you are in the care of patients, in all settings.

Dr. Roisín O’Hare

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists 2020 Annual Report

World Pharmacist Day GHP Webinar

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP)  invite you celebrate World Pharmacists Day with us on 23rd Sept 2021, hosted by Nathan Burley (GHP Regional Member for Scotland), Dr. Roisin O’Hare (GHP President), Ewan Maule (GHP Vice President).

Come to our webinar with a Scottish flavour  on two scorching topics of sustainability and changes in initial education and training.

Registration details here.