Who we are
We are the UK Black Pharmacist Association (UKBPA) our mission is to promote and support the interests of UK pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacy students (including students on the Overseas Pharmacists' Assessment Programme) who identify as black.
Joint National Statement of Principles on
Inclusive Pharmacy Professional Practice
This statement is the initial outcome of the first National Roundtable on Inclusive Pharmacy Professional Practice, co-hosted by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England and NHS Improvement, the President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the President of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, which was held on 5 August 2020.
Our Aim: To work collaboratively to develop and embed inclusive pharmacy professional practice into everyday care for patients and members of the public, to support the prevention of ill-health and address health inequalities within our diverse communities.
My mentor has been particularly helpful throughout my application process for jobs and throughout my pre-reg year... I believe the help I got allowed me to get 2 job offer... I am really grateful for this as I wouldn't have had this opportunity if the UKBPA mentorship programme did not exist
- Halimah Olutayo Bakare.
Foundation Pharmacist at Hull University Teaching Hospital
The Idea behind UKBPA
We have seen ample amounts of data indicating a differential experience and outcomes for black pharmacists compared to other ethnic groups. These inequalities have been evident for a while now but are under-documented and therefore hidden. Many black pharmacists have experienced discrimination arising from conscious or unconscious bias.
The UKBPA organisation aims to create practical solutions to the current inequalities faced by black pharmacists in the UK. We believe that patients and indeed society at large are best served if all pharmacists are allowed to reach their full potential, independent of colour, nationality or ethnicity
Our current objectives include:
provide financial, academic or professional insight, support and knowledge to all UK Black pharmacy members through our network platform and mentorship programme
Showcase the outstanding contributions of UK Black pharmacy members via our events and activities, blog channel or in our upcoming social media campaign
explore various practical solutions to current inequalities faces by Black pharmacy members
I founded the UKBPA with two main visons for the function of the organisation:
1. For the UKBPA to lead the way in showcasing the outstanding contributions that black pharmacists make to the pharmacy profession
2. To raise awareness of racial inequities experienced by UK pharmacy black members
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The UKBPA recognise and understand that Black pharmacists, pre-reg and students voices are typically undervalued despite the incredible contributions that they make to the field.
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The UKBPA is known for taking bold initiatives that help to support and challenge racial inequalities in the field of pharmacy. We are proud to boldly discuss daring topics such as racial discrimination, differences in attainment and opportunities available to black pharmacists, pre-reg and students. We are thankful for the following news publications and partnerships below have provided us with a platform to be vocal. Click the logos below to see our the latest published article