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.
Provide Innovative solutions
Through researching and reporting the experience of members at work and university
The outstanding contributions of members in the community, hospital, industry and academia to the greater profession
To all UKBPA members financially, academically and professionally
Network and Mentorship
By creating a platform that positively reinforces networking and mentorship opportunities for UKBPA members
The UKBPA was founded by Elsy Gomez Campos in Decemeber 2018.
Elsy is a visionary black pharmacist with strong leadership experience in the NHS. As President of the UKBPA, she is determined to be inclusive and tackle racial inequalities she has witnessed and experienced during her long pharmacy career.
Spurred by all too familiar experience of racial discrimination and publications of discriminatory reports such as the 'Snowy white peaks', Elsy knew an organisation needed to be created to advocate inclusion and equality of black members within the pharmacy profession
With this Elsy created the UKBPA with two main visions in mind:
1. for the UKBPA to lead the way in showcasing the outstanding contributions that black pharmacists make to the pharmacy profession
2. Raise awareness of racial inequities experienced by black members of the association
- Elsy Gomez, President and Founder of the UKBPA
The UKBPA organisation aims to create practical solutions to the current inequalities faced by black pharmacists in the UK. These inequalities have been evident for a while now but are under-documented and therefore hidden.
The most recently available figures show that:
In 2016, Black African students achieved a pass rate of 66.2%, the lowest of all the listed ethnicities. Yet, despite promises to address this, the prominent organisations in pharmacy, pharmacy training organisations and the pharmacy schools have failed to provide a tangible solution.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data for academic years 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 suggests there is a 15% point awarding gap (also known as attainment gap) between white pharmacy students and black, pharmacy students in the UK
A report published by NHS England last year found that there had been a rise in Black and minority staff experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse from colleagues from 27% in 2016 to 29% in 2019, while their white counterparts’ figure remained at 24%.
The “snowy white peaks” of the NHS research report showed that black and ethnic minorities made up only 2.5% of very senior managerial roles of London NHS trust boards, despite more than two in five of their workforce being from a BME background.
In 2017, Pharmacists who identified as 'Black African' constituted 8.6% of fitness-to-practice cases. 'Black African' pharmacists only make up 5.6% of the profession - which equates to a 46.7% over-representation in fitness-to-practice. This is in contrast to a 36.6% under-representation of their white counterparts
The data reflects a problem, which has existed for a long time, but which is under-reported. We feel that it is important to address these issues and to get the views of those being discriminated against if we are to develop tangible solutions.
Part of this includes, discussing racial discrimination that exists within pharmacy, here are some highlights:
Elsy Gomez Campos: 'There are too many excuses justifying the unjustifiable'. Pharmaceutical Journal. [30/07/20]
‘Many black pharmacists have had uncomfortable risk assessments’. Chemist and Druggist. [08/07/20]
Coronavirus: 70% of BAME pharmacists have had no risk assessment - survey. BBC News. [26/06/20]
Elsy Gomez Campos: Why racist abuse in pharmacy goes unreported. The Pharmacist. [25/06/20]
How the Black Lives Matter protests affect community pharmacy. Chemist and Druggist. [19/06/20]
OPINION: The time for change is now. Pharmacy Business. [12/06/20]
Pass rate gap widens for black trainees in preregistration exam. Pharmaceutical Journal. [13/09/19]
Ethnicity pay gap for UK pharmacists increases. Pharmaceutical Journal. [26/09/19]
Collaborating with organisations:
In June 2020, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the UKBPA joined forces to publish the first diversity and inclusion strategy document