NAWP Latest News

The future of NAWP

6th May 19

It is with considerable regret that the National Association of Women Pharmacists has decided to dissolve the association as of the end of 2019. This was agreed at the AGM on 30th April 2019. This will mean the loss of a well-informed entity within pharmacy that has cared whether women thrive within the profession and whether health services provide female patients with what they need.

NAWP has been aware for several years that it could not continue to operate in its existing form because of numerous societal changes. It has faced the same challenges as many membership organisations, particularly those that cannot abandon their raison-d’etre. Quite understandably, despite sentiments of support, they fall victim to busy lives, a monetarising culture and short-termism.

NAWP is proud of what it has accomplished during the years since its foundation 114 years ago, which has only been achieved by dedication, hard work, collaboration and professionalism.

It would like to thank all its past and present members, as well as other individuals and organisations who have helped it over the years. Their support has been truly appreciated.

NAWP will wind up its activities over the remainder of the year and hopes to find ways for continuity of involvement with European Women Pharmacists Meetings, Athena Swan programmes in schools of pharmacy, and heritage functions.      @NAWP_UK

European Women Pharmacists Meeting, Dresden

2nd May 19

The 14th European Women Pharmacist's Meeting will be held in Dresden in 22nd-24th November 2019. Meeting details can be found on Facebook at

or obtained from, who can supply the booking form (application form can be sent). Early registration until end of June.

The theme is 'Working better together - interdisciplinary cooperation'.



29th January 19

This will be in April 2019, probably at a London venue.

The meeting is expected to be one of the most important in NAWP's history. More details to follow.

NAWP working with RPS

27th April 18

Since 2014, NAWP has been in lengthy discussion with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society about closer working. Plans for RPS to engage and embrace NAWP are making progress.

NAWP has been working with RPS  to find a way to increase the profile of gender issues in pharmacy.

Work will now continue on how to do this, hopefully to have a framework in place by the end of 2018.

Int. J. Gender, Science and Technology Vienna meeting report

27th April 18

A report of the 12th European Women Pharmacists' meeting in Vienna ‘Women pharmacists – Always One Step Ahead’ was published in the International Journal Of gender, Science and Technology Vol 9 Issue 3

A Poster presented at RPS Winter summit

11th January 18

A Poster reporting the organisation of the 12th European Women Pharmacists Meeting was presented at the Royal Pharmaceutical Soviety Winter Summit in December 2017.

Details of this contribution to the Evidence Showcase section, will be included in the next Newsletter.

C&D Blog with thoughts from European meeting

23rd October 17

A Blog based on the Vienna 12th European meeting or Women Pharmacists is now live on the C+D website and appeared in today’s C+D Daily newsletter:

Also - note -  a poster based on the meeting will be presented at the RPS Winter summit 5th December 2017.

European Women Pharmacists meeting

11th October 17

Held in Vienna at the very end of September, this was a great success with at least 10 countries represented.  'Europe' means continental Europe for these meetings, and this was the twelfth.

Full reports will be written, and a poster presentation has been accepted for the RPS Winter Summit.

See here and @NAWP_UK for more information and updates in due course.

Vienna Earlybird booking closes soon

13th June 17

Earlybird booking for 12th European Meeting of Women Pharmcists closes end of June

This year the meeting is in Vienna on 30th September. See 'Events' for the outline programme. A party will be attending from the UK of at least 11 pharmacists, probably more. See Events for details, and contact for additional information. Earlybird registration closes end of June.

CONTACT NAWP for application form and further details


8th March 17

This was held on Friday March 24th March in London at the Chelsea Physic Garden.


UKCPA subscriber pack

23rd April 16


The UK Clinical Pharmacy Association is inviting non members to register to receive information and free access to some webinars utilising the link

Their website also includes valuable information regarding resources and information.

The consequences of cuts to pharmacy funding in England

24th February 16

The cuts to community pharmacy funding in England are expected to have much wider consequenes than just a one year simple reduction.

A poorer, and a less personalised, service for patients seems likely.

The cuts are part of a wider plan to change the nature of the service that is provided, but the timetable is very short.

See relevant information on Royal Pharmaceutical Society website

RPS, NPA, PSNC an CCA are all collaborating to oppose the cuts as presented, and several suggestions that could result in the required savings have been made.

Successful Multicultural conference

19th April 15

Everyone is making their way back from successful NAWP conference on Multicultural Healthcare, the pharmacist's role.

Twitter followers see @NAWP_UK and #NAWP.

Attendees and NAWP members will get access to presentations in due course - but - anyone interested in the FGM material can email for a copy.


Global gender conference

1st April 15

See for details of a global summit.

The mission of Gender Summit is to make gender equality the norm in science and to embed gender as a primary dimension of research and innovation in all areas where evidence shows that gender issues impact on quality of science knowledge and practice. Participating in the summits are scientists, gender scholars and policy makers, as well as other stakeholders involved in the science endeavours. Since the first summit in 2011, nearly 2000 participants and 300 speakers from 50 countries have joined the Gender Summit community of experts and practitioners and this number will double by the end of 2015.

Pharmacy gives gender issues a low priority -  we may need to check we have not fallen behind the times.

Women in Pharmacy RPS network forum

6th March 15

Congratulations to RPS for launching the new Women in Pharmacy network forum, available from the main RPS website.

This should permit a larger number of female pharmacists than NAWP can currently access, to share views. Hopefully it will raise ideas and concerns that NAWP can then help to address, but of course it also permits us to share our experiences both from the UK and internationally, with a wider audience.

Do look at the forum, add your postings there, and continue to let NAWP know your thoughts.

Athena Swan awards

5th March 15

Athena Swan awards

Several schools of pharmacy have received these awards, or operate within departments that hold them. The awards were designed to encourage and recognise commitment to combating th underrepresentation of women in higher education and research in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine.

NAWP was at the University of Bath on 4th March to help the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology celebrate its Bronze award, and would be happy to hear from other pharmacy schools that are holding events to celebrate International Women's Day.




110 years as a network for women pharmacists

24th February 15

NAWP (an RPS Partner group) is celebrating 110 years of providing a network and campaigning platform for women pharmacists.

Let us know your thoughts/concerns/ideas via Twitter (@NAWP_UK using #womeninpharmacy), Facebook (NAWPUK) or this website (via contact).

New Facebook page for NAWP

19th August 14

NAWP now has a new Facebook page:

Feel free to 'Like' it and suggest how we could use it optimally.

The old page (Nawp.Quick) will become invisible in a few weeks time.

Members nominated for awards in Wales

23rd June 14

Two NAWP members in Wales were nominated for the Welsh Pharmacy Awards, 2014.

Mrs Linda Jones was shortlisted for the Asthma project of the year, sponsored by Napp Pharmaceuticals and Mras Pauline Driscoll was shortlisted for the Managing Substance Abuse in the Community award, sponsored by Martindale Pharma.

The award ceremony was held in City hall Cardiff, May 22nd 2014.

How wise is it to leave the Register?

11th June 14

CPPE events have highlighted the difficulty that individuals experience when trying to return to the GPhC regiister after a gap of more than 12 months.

There are many misconceptions about the need to leave, what 'practice' means and about accessing CPD when off-register. NAWP urges pharmacists to only leave the register if they have explored the position very thoroughly, and not to be blinded by the prospect of saving a few hundred pounds. The cost of leaving could be far greater.

For those in England who have left, CPPE is offering help, see the CPPE website for upcoming events.

NAWP annual conference, Cardiff 26th April

2nd May 14

Several years of networking across Europe resulted in pharmacists from the Netherlands and Germany joining UK pharmacists and pharmacy students at the National Association of Women Pharmacists annual conference, held in Cardiff on 26th April. Titled “I forgot to remember”: understanding dementia, speakers included pharmacists, representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society and from Admiral Nurses. The conference also heard presentations from three pre-registration students who presented project work, as part of the 2014 NAWP pre-reg competition. The winner was Maryam Khaki from University Hostital Lewisham, with a project entitled “Medication related problems in an older population”. The runners up were Lola Adeyemi from a Numark pharmacy in Portsmouth who reported work on “A report on the making of elder-friendly pharmacies”, and Mehreen Karim from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, who presented a project entitled “A Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) to improve the rates of physical health monitoring in patients prescribed antipsychotics at South London and Maudsley (SLaM) inpatient units”.

Abstracts of the pre-reg presentations can be found under Projects & Activities (


CPPE helps those returning to the Register

28th February 13

CPPE has developed new support for those returning to the GPhC register. This is complementary to their existing Return to Practice course and is free of charge.

See the CPPE website (under the 'learning tab' on the CPPE website)

Electronic support is available, as well as the possibility of some face to face help.

See also NAWP 'Events' page for dates.