Who we are

We are UK Black Pharmacist Association (UKBPA). Our mission is to promote and support the interests of UK pharmacists, trainee pharmacists and pharmacy students (including students on the Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) who identify as black.

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.


UKBPA aims to create practical solutions to the current inequalities faced by black pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists and students in the UK. We strongly 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


Elsy founded the UKBPA with two main visons for the function of the association

1. 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 Black UK pharmacy  members 



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UKBPA recognises and understands that Black pharmacists, trainee pharmacists and pharmacy students voices are typically undervalued despite the incredible contributions that they make to the field.

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