Meet the NAWP committee 

The NAWP committee was elected in August 2020, comprising of Naina Chotai, Daniela Rusalim and Eilidh Milliken.

Naina Chotai

Community and Locum Pharmacist, President of the PDA NAWP Network

Naina has worked as a pharmacist in various roles, gaining experience of community, hospital, primary care and the whole patient journey from primary care to secondary care and end of life care/ hospice, as part of a Department of Health Project.

Currently, Naina mainly works with independent pharmacies, maintaining contact with LPC representatives and NHS England to ensure pharmacies work to regulatory standards. Naina’s role is that of a virtual office for independents that have very little time to keep abreast of regulatory changes and time to commit to training staff and locums, mainly women. Of 62% women pharmacists (GPhC 2019 register), only 2% own their own businesses, so in this role, Naina comes across locum women pharmacists on a regular basis.

Naina has been a member of the PDA Union since 2010 and is familiar with the way the union works and its commitment to equality and diversity. She has also been trained as a representative by the union for the South East region.

Naina said: “As a woman pharmacist who is aware of the pressures of work in most pharmacy roles undertaken, I feel very much empowered to support, speak up for, and represent all women pharmacists. Starting life as a pre-registration graduate to the chosen pathway undertaken by the pharmacist, I can confidently support their interests and I am able to represent them in the media and other networks as necessary.”

Daniela Rusalim

Community Pharmacist, Vice-President of the PDA NAWP Network

Daniela is a Pharmacist Advanced Practitioner and Independent Prescriber with more than a decade of experience in community pharmacy. She has been trained as a representative by the union for Boots in the East of England region and is also an active member of the Equal Pay Joint Working Party.

Daniela said: “I recognise the countless challenges women are facing in their personal and professional lives and I am determined to lend my support to initiatives like equal pay, equal opportunities and equal representation while strongly supporting family-friendly working practices, such as flexible working, job sharing and part-time working. Fighting stereotypes and biases is just as important because reducing these practices will positively impact on women’s abilities to take up more leadership roles.”

 

Eilidh Milliken

Hospital Pharmacist, Honorary Secretary of the PDA NAWP Network

Eilidh has experience of working within primary care, hospital and community pharmacy which has given her an understanding of the issues faced by pharmacists within different sectors. She also completed the NHS Education for Scotland Taste of Leadership Course.

Eilidh currently works in two roles: one as a Hospital Pharmacist and the other as a Homeless Outreach Pharmacist.

Eilidh said: “An intersectional approach to representation is important to the NAWP committee given that the needs of women from different backgrounds are often not understood. I have a particular interest in the overlap between women and those belonging to the LGBTQI+ community. Intersectionality is relevant to both pharmacists as professionals and to our patients.”

Aneesa Ahmed

Locum Pharmacist and co-opted member of the PDA NAWP Network

Aneesa is a newly qualified pharmacist having completed her pre-registration year in secondary care.

Following the Equality Act of 2020, Aneesa has been particularly interested in gender equality and wanted to join the NAWP committee to gain a better understanding of political and social matters regarding women in pharmacy.

Aneesa said: “I wanted to use this opportunity to educate undergraduate and trainee pharmacists of such matters and encourage them to become active in important matters relevant to their profession.”

Ayah Abbass

Community/GP Pharmacist and co-opted member of the PDA NAWP Network

Ayah is the manager at a community pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist at a GP surgery with an independent prescribing qualification. By working through different sectors such as hospital, community, and primary care as well as locuming, she has experienced various issues that can have an impact on pharmacists.

Ayah said: “The main issue female pharmacists face daily is those that challenge our job title and don’t believe that we are in fact the responsible pharmacist and not the male figure that they expect. This is when I started to do my research and I got involved with the PDA NAWP as I strongly believe we can all work together as female pharmacists to educate, encourage, and empower each other. This is an opportunity to fight sexism in the workplace and work on issues that can impact female pharmacists in the workplace.”

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  • Find the NAWP Network on social media using hashtag #PDAnawp. You can also tag the PDA in posts on issues relevant to NAWP pharmacists and suggest recommended reading for allies of the network.
  • Contact the NAWP Network: nawp@the-pda.org. All contact with the network will be treated in confidence and with sensitivity.

 

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