The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Director for Scotland, Clare Morrison will be joining NHS Scotland in January.
Morrison has been appointed Director of Community Engagement at Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
Paul Bennett, RPS CEO said: “Many people, particularly in Scotland, will know of Clare’s passion for quality improvement and patient involvement in the co-design of services. This was demonstrated through her previous work on the development of Near Me, NHS Scotland’s video consulting service, and its co-design with the public, patients, clinicians and NHS staff which gained international recognition from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
“Therefore, this is an exciting opportunity for Clare to join Healthcare Improvement Scotland to take on a strategic leadership role in supporting effective community engagement across health and social care in Scotland. It also enables Clare to make even greater use of her training as an NHS Scotland Scottish Quality & Safety Fellow and we wish her every success in her new role.
“Arrangements are being put in place to ensure continuity of leadership for the RPS Scotland team and an announcement about the recruitment and appointment process for a successor will be made in due course.”
Morrison commented: “It has been an honour to work for RPS over the past two years. Our team in Scotland has done some fantastic work in that time, in particular our Pharmacy 2030 professional vision which we developed with many pharmacy groups right across Scotland and co-published with the National Pharmacy Technician Group Scotland. Our work on creating a national multi-professional movement on environmentally sustainable prescribing was another highlight.
“We have had a real focus on making RPS a professional home for pharmacists in Scotland with the creation of our members’ hub in Edinburgh, sharing best practice through both events and our best practice webpage, and of course celebratory events the next of which is on 22 November. I know the RPS staff and Scottish Pharmacy Board will be committed to further developing this work in the years ahead.
“I have always had a real sense of purpose to improve services for patients, so I am delighted to be given this opportunity to work for Healthcare Improvement Scotland to be more focused on improving health and care for people. However, I remain proud to be an RPS Fellow and will continue to support the work of RPS.”