The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has appointed Elen Jones as its new director for Wales.

Jones steps into a role that will see her accountable for national policy development, professional advocacy and member engagement across Wales, in partnership with the Welsh Pharmacy Board.

Jones, who worked closely with RPS staff and the Welsh Pharmacy Board for the past five years as RPS Policy and Practice Lead, said she is looking forward to work with the passionate and driven team.

“The positive context in Wales, with the upcoming publication of the new vision for pharmacy and the recent announcement of new funding for pharmacy training, gives us lots to build on. I’m hugely excited and honoured to take up the role and I’m committed ensuring that patient care remains at the forefront of everything we do,” she said.

Robbie Turner, RPS director of Pharmacy and member experience, said: “Elen has been instrumental in driving policy development in Wales and Great Britain and I’m keen to work with her as Director. She already has extensive networks throughout Wales with pharmacists, other healthcare organisations, patient groups and the Welsh Government. Her experience combined with her drive and energy will help us build our capability to deliver our mission and vision in Wales.”

“I know Elen is keen to further explore the seamless pharmaceutical care model working across traditional boundaries and with members of the multidisciplinary team. She will lead and develop opportunities for the profession to improve the lives of patients and the public and I am delighted we will be working together on this,” commented Suzanne Scott-Thomas, RPS Wales Pharmacy Board Chair.

Jones will take up the post in January 2020.