What You Can Do

Your sector needs you! #VotePharmacy

The upcoming general election presents a great opportunity for the sector to be recognised by future MPs as a valuable health and wellbeing asset and a solution to many longstanding problems in the NHS.

However with the election just around the corner, we need your help to ensure that election candidates understand the value that community pharmacy delivers to the NHS, patients, local communities and wider society.

Below you’ll find a range of resources to help pharmacy teams across the UK to actively engage with their local parliamentary candidates in the run up to the general election on Thursday 12 December.

Remember, your local candidates want to win your vote! So this is a golden opportunity to gain commitment from them to support community pharmacy and to make a pledge to act decisively to unlock the sector’s huge potential if they get elected.


What you can do:

  • Find out who your local parliamentary candidates are by visiting www.whocanivotefor.co.uk which lists all the candidates for each constituency. You can also find more information from the Electoral Commission including details of your electoral services team at your local council.
  • Send candidates in your area a copy of our Community Pharmacy Manifesto and encourage them to visit this website to find out more about community pharmacy and our massive potential.
  • Invite candidates to visit your pharmacy so they can see first-hand why community pharmacies are essential to the health and wellbeing of local communities. Make sure you:
    • Contact your local newspapers before the visit to get press coverage, for example ask if they can send along a photographer. It’s a good idea to discuss this first with the candidate’s team as they may already be arranging local press coverage.
    • Take photos of the visit and share on social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using the hashtag #VotePharmacy.
    • Let your Local Pharmaceutical Committee know about the visit.
    • Tell us how you got on using the Contact us page and send us your photos!
  • Ask candidates to sign up to this simple pledge: I pledge to back local pharmacies and to show their support on social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using the hashtag #VotePharmacy.
  • Promote and talk about community pharmacy on social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using the hashtag #VotePharmacy throughout the election campaign.

Template email to candidates

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Dear [candidate name]

On behalf of [pharmacy’s name] in [location] I would like to invite you to visit our pharmacy during the general election campaign. As well as being a great photo opportunity, it’s a great chance for you to see first-hand how we support the health and wellbeing of people in [constituency name].

Pharmacies are a local lifeline and are at the heart of the communities they serve. With the right support and investment from Government, pharmacies can do so much more to help solve the problems in the NHS. To find out more about community pharmacy and our huge potential, visit www.votepharmacy.uk and read the Community Pharmacy Manifesto.

We are asking all candidates to sign up to this simple pledge: I pledge to back local pharmacies and to show your support on social media using the hashtag #VotePharmacy during the election campaign.

We would be delighted if you can visit our pharmacy during the campaign. To arrange this, please call us on [pharmacy’s phone number].

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours sincerely,

[ENDS]


NPA Resources

  • Pledge poster – for social media
    • For election candidates to share on social media using the hashtag #VotePharmacy to show their support for local pharmacies.

    • Download a printable version to hand out to your local candidates.
    • a booklet of true life stories highlighting the importance of locally based healthcare and face to face relationships between patients and healthcare professionals.
    • Download a printable version to hand out to your local candidates.

PSNC Resources

PSNC has produced guidance for LPCs or contractors looking to organise visits to community pharmacies for candidates standing in the 2019 General Election. Pharmacy visits can be an excellent way for candidates to demonstrate their support for the sector, and this document offers some useful tips and resources to help host a successful visit.


RPS Resources

With the upcoming General Election on 12 December, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society General Election Toolkit has everything you need to engage with candidates and promote pharmacy. This is a crucial time for the profession and the NHS, with recurring medicines shortages, advances in technology and growing pressures on the workforce. Our toolkit offers you the opportunity to have your say and make the voice of the profession heard. You can help by using the toolkit to engage, asking politicians to show their support or inviting them to visit a local pharmacy. It is vitally important that all the political parties support and recognise pharmacists and pharmacy services across healthcare. What you do could make a real difference.