Laura Wilson, currently policy and practice lead for RPS in Scotland, is set to replace Clare Morrison as the director of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland from 23 January.

Ms Wilson has held roles across community pharmacy and the NHS, as well as a teacher practitioner at Strathclyde University.

As RPS Scotland director, she will work alongside Elen Jones, director for Wales and James Davies, director for England, reporting to RPS chief executive Paul Bennett.

Ms Wilson said that it would be ‘an honour’ to continue Ms Morrison’s work and bring to life the RPS vision for pharmacy in Scotland, Pharmacy 2020, as well as support pharmacy to deliver person centred care.

‘With exciting times ahead for pharmacy, it will be an honour to continue to work with Board members, staff, stakeholders, and members to deliver the vision and mission of RPS and ensure a vibrant future for the pharmacy profession in Scotland,’ she said.

RPS chief executive Paul Bennett said that Ms Wilson was appointed after a rigorous and open selection, and that her new role was ‘especially pleasing to announce as she will be known by many in her previous RPS Scotland role where she has worked collaboratively and in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to make a significant impact on the pharmacy policy landscape.

‘She will also be well known to many across Scotland for her drive and passion for pharmacy having held roles in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as Advanced Pharmacist in Addictions, as a Teacher Practitioner at Strathclyde University, as a Community Pharmacist and as a Hospital Pharmacist. I look forward to welcoming Laura to the team in her new position.’

Scottish Pharmacy Board chair, Andrew Carruthers, added that he was ‘delighted’ that Ms Wilson had been appointed.

‘Laura has extensive clinical experience, across multiple sectors, as well as experience of developing and writing pharmacy policy to the benefit of our members and the public,’ he said.