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NAWP Newsletter – May 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of the NAWP newsletter - the quarterly mailing that keeps you up-to-date on news, events and issues that relate to women in pharmacy.

Tue 11th May 2021 The PDA

Welcome to the NAWP May 2021 Newsletter

In this latest edition, NAWP pays tribute to Professor Joy Wingfield and Mary Gwillim-David, who were NAWP members during their pharmaceutical careers. This newsletter also includes stories on why conversations about periods should happen in the workplace and we discuss the NAWP event that was held for International Women’s Day 2021.

In this issue:

  • Advice for NAWP members at the Women Leading in Pharmacy event
  • Women in Scotland 1900-2020: Workplace Struggles Project
  • Why we need to think about periods in the workplace
  • Tribute to Mary Gwillim-David: 1930 – 2021
  • Tribute to Professor Joy Wingfield: 1947-2021
  • Get involved

Advice for NAWP members at the Women Leading in Pharmacy IWD event 

NAWP held an online event in March to mark International Women’s Day 2021. Here, four female pharmacists in leading roles offered insights into their careers, how they found their passions, and what they wish they had known when they started out. In the sessions, NAWP members were advised to be curious, work hard, be persistent and try different roles early on in their career. They were also encouraged to be confident in their abilities, their unique skill sets and their knowledge.


Women in Scotland 1900-2020: Workplace Struggles Project

Last month, Scottish Union Learning announced a partnership with The Open University in Scotland and Glasgow Trades Union Council to create the Women in Scotland 1900-2020: Workplace Struggles Project.

The project aims to collate a variety of accessible education resources on the theme of women and workplace struggle, which will eventually be available on OpenLearn as a single collection.

Trade unions and their members will be able to contribute to the project by helping to create content. The PDA recently affiliated with the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC). It is hoped that PDA members will be able to get involved.

Dr Cheryl Smyth, NAWP member and PDA Union Regional Official for Scotland, said: “This is an excellent step in the right direction – recognising the struggles that women have in the workplace, ensuring that women have equitable access to opportunities, and keeping the conversation open.”


Why we need to think about periods in the workplace

By Rachel Grocott, Bloody Good Period
Almost 9 out of 10 of those who menstruate have experienced anxiety or stress in the workplace due to their period, whilst more than a quarter (27%) reported never feeling supported by their employers. These are just two of the findings from charity Bloody Good Period’s research on menstruation at work, released in January 2021.
The report, which is based on a survey of 3,000 members of the public and an employer-facing study, found the overwhelming majority (89%) of respondents had experienced some form of stress in the workplace because of their period.

When asked what employers could do to help, 63% said to normalise the conversation around periods in the workplace.

The findings come ahead of the summer 2021 launch of Bloody Good Employers (BGE), a programme which will help employers to play a more active role in the conversation around menstruation, and improve the support they offer to employees who menstruate. BGE will include in-depth self-evaluation, a short set of engaging workshops and ongoing evaluation to ensure that employers improve their knowledge, understanding and empathy around periods at work.

Get involved: Follow Bloody Good Period on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Tribute to Mary Gwillim-David: 1930 – 2021

By Hazel Baker, NAWP Past President and Executive Committee Member
Mary Gwillim-David was a remarkable woman who made a lasting impression on everyone she met. Mary was known for her warmth of personality, her enthusiasm, and for wearing ‘high heel’ shoes no matter the occasion.

She was a member of NAWP for over 50 years and active on NAWP’s Executive Committee from 1989 – 2012. During her time on the Executive Committee, she held the positions of Honorary Secretary (1990 – 1992), President (1992 – 1994) and Social Secretary (2008 – 2010). During her Presidency she organised the Annual NAWP Conference in 1993 in her home city of Swansea, in conjunction with the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE). The subject that year was ‘Pain and Substance Misuse.’


Tribute to Professor Joy Wingfield 1947-2021 

By Virginia Watson, NAWP Past President and Executive Committee Member
It was with sadness that NAWP members learned of the untimely death of Professor Joy Wingfield caused by COVID-19.

Joy was a member of NAWP until her retirement a few years ago, and many members have memories of her Law and Ethics update sessions at weekend conferences where ‘we always found Joy a breath of fresh air and liked her ability to make the law interesting and not the dry subject we had encountered at college.’

Joy spoke at the NAWP Conference in Nottingham in 2001 on ‘Patient or Consumer, What’s the Difference?’, a ‘thought-provoking presentation’ in which she explored how the pharmacist’s duty of care is affected by developments in pharmacy practice. At that time Joy was Boots’ Special Professor of Law and Ethics at Nottingham School of Pharmacy.

Get involved

  • NAWP is pleased to announce that a private Facebook group has been set up for members to discuss issues of relevance to the network. Thank you to Ayah Abbass, NAWP member and community pharmacist, for her assistance in setting this up. Please click here to join the Facebook group.
  • Not a fan of Facebook? Use #PDAnawp on Twitter and Instagram to post on issues relevant to women pharmacists and to suggest recommended reading for allies of the network.
  • NAWP has previously produced factsheets around ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and the menopause. If you have ideas on what areas of women’s health NAWP could address next, please email

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