Academic takes up prestigious position with pharmacy leadership body
A University of Wolverhampton academic is taking up a prestigious position with the national pharmacy leadership body, enabling her to share her expertise with professional colleagues.
Professor Ruth Edwards, Head of the School of Pharmacy based at the University’s City Campus in Wolverhampton, has been appointed to the Assembly of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to represent the Pharmacy Schools Council.
The RPS Assembly is responsible for setting the organisation’s strategic direction and how it can better support RPS members. The Assembly is also responsible for the financial management and organisational governance of the Society.
Ruth started her career as a community pharmacist before moving into pharmacy education roles in Scotland and more recently in the West Midlands. She also holds a role as a Team Leader for the General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation Panel and joined the University of Wolverhampton early in 2022.
She said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role and am really looking forward to contributing my educational expertise to the work of the Assembly. I see this as an opportunity to enhance collaboration between Pharmacy Schools Council (the national Heads of Pharmacy School council) and the RPS.
“The role involves contributing to discussions on the strategic direction of the professional body. Pharmacy as a profession is at a time of significant change and as a member of RPS Assembly, I will be able to contribute my experience of the educational context of pharmacists and pharmacy students to the direction of travel.
“Pharmacists are the experts in medicines and work in a wide variety of settings. Particularly during the pandemic, the profession has demonstrated a significant contribution to patient care. The role of the pharmacist is evolving, becoming even more clinically focussed and I’m really excited about the opportunities available to graduates to contribute to delivery of person-centred care.”
Ruth will be representing the Pharmacy Schools Council by attending RPS Assembly three times a year in London.
The University of Wolverhampton recently opened the doors to an extensive refurbishment project that has seen £3 million invested in exciting new facilities for Pharmacy students at its City Campus in Wolverhampton.
The School of Pharmacy, based in the University’s Wulfruna Building, has been revamped to offer larger, multipurpose teaching spaces for use by students. Improvements to facilities include an extension of the existing practice suite offering a flexible working space for students.
A new flexible professional learning space has been created incorporating a dispensary, counselling rooms and simulation space for the development of clinical and consultation skills. There is also a new multi-purpose flexible teaching space which can accommodate large groups of students in a professional environment.
Anyone interested in studying Pharmacy in 2023 should visit one of our Open Days to find out more about the courses on offer.
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