LJMU student invited to join pharmacy advisory board
23 July 2012
PhD Student, Ryan Hamilton, from LJMU's School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, has been invited to join the Education Expert Advisory Panel of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, which aims to develop pharmacy education and training for an ever evolving healthcare workforce.
Ryan, also a Pharmacy graduate from LJMU, has just completed his term as the President of the British Pharmaceutical Students' Association. This gave him the opportunity to sit on the board of the Modernising Pharmacy Careers Programme - a Department of Health initiative that aims to overhaul the structure of undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy education and training.
Commenting on the appointment Ryan said:
"It is a privilege to be invited onto such a prestigious panel and to have input into the future of pharmacy education and training. I have been involved in pharmacy policy since the third year of my pharmacy degree at LJMU and have recently developed a keen interest in pharmacy education and training. Hopefully I can bring valuable insight from the perspective of students, trainees and junior pharmacists alike."
The Panel was set up by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in March 2011 to provide strategic and policy advice on pharmacy education to the RPS Assembly and national boards, to support the research and advocacy efforts of pharmacy, to respond to government consultations and to serve as spokespersons on emerging issues.
Two other members of staff from the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular sciences already sit on the Panel, Dr Christopher Rostron, Reader in Medicinal Chemistry and Professor David Mottram, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy Practice.
Dr Catherine Duggan, Director of Professional Development and Support at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society added:
"We are delighted to welcome Ryan to the Panel. We feel it's essential to ensure that we have experts from all sectors of the profession and all stages of pharmacy careers to inform our thinking and developments in the RPS. As such, Ryan is eminently qualified. In addition to being Past President of BPSA, Ryan brings experience and enthusiasm to all groups and forums he is involved in and we know he will do the same for the Education Advisory Panel."