New global education role for Professor Bill Charman

20 March 2015

Professor Bill Charman, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been chosen to lead the International Pharmaceutical Federation    Education Initiative (FIPEd) Steering Committee.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is a    non-governmental organisation in official relations with the World Health Organization.

FIPEd brings together all of FIP’s education actions and its purpose is to support the reform of pharmacy education so that there will be sufficient and    competent pharmacists everywhere in the world.

Professor Charman was selected by the FIP Bureau at its meeting in the Netherlands on March 19, and will take office as the Steering Committee chairman on    1 August.

Professor Charman, said that although the FIP Education Initiative (FIPEd) has achieved much since its inception, the next five years will be critical to    building on its many successes and to demonstrating the tangible benefits of its programmes to stakeholders around the world.

“Education is an essential agent of global practice change — and FIPEd has positioned itself to accelerate this journey by identifying and implementing a    structure to support its global vision. I look forward to helping the FIPEd team rapidly execute their respective  plans;  to broadening the depth of    engagement with educators around the world; and for the impact of FIPEd-related activities to be tangible, relevant and welcomed.”

The FIPEd chair mandate is two years, renewable once and this year, FIPEd’s work includes an update on the global pharmacy workforce and research into    pharmacy advanced practice/specialisation and on interprofessional education.

Professor Charman said he was thrilled and humbled to be selected to work with the team of talented individuals.

“Integrity, transparency, broad and energetic stakeholder engagement, accountability and inclusiveness will be hallmarks of my chairmanship,” Professor    Charman added.