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RPS joins efforts to boost children’s health in Wales

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A group of 20 royal colleges and professional bodies unite to elevate the profile of child health in Wales 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has joined the Welsh Royal Colleges Child Health Collaborative (WRCCHC) – a newly established group comprising 20 royal colleges and professional bodies that aims to improve health outcomes for children in Wales.

Together they have written to the First Minister of Wales asking how his government will improve child health and support the workforce that care for them.

Citing recent reports published by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Academy of Medical Sciences that highlighted declining health among children, they have warned of the impact of poor child health.

The WRCCHC aims to ensure a sharper focus and understanding on the current and necessary support required for babies, children and young people and the workforce they represent.

RPS Wales will be represented in the group by Anthony Lewis, Children and Women Lead Pharmacist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Anthony believes that this collaboration will improve the profile of child health in Wales.

“Together with the RPS Wales team, I’ll also be highlighting important pharmacy and medicines management priorities such as medicines safety and spreading best practice in medicines support for children like the KidzMedz initiative.

“We will highlight that pharmacy expertise is always part of the team supporting children and their families; from highly specialist care in hospitals to care closer to home in the community,” he said.

RPS Wales Chair, Dr Geraldine McAffrey, expressed confidence that Anthony will ensure that important issues relating to medicines and the specialist paediatric pharmacy workforce receive due attention.

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