Our Organisation

Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) is made up entirely of members and is supported by a team of employees at our Queen Street offices in Edinburgh (who as of March 21st, 2020 have been working from home). The team act under the direction of the CPS Council and Board.

The legal framework that underpins our organisation is the Articles of Association for Community Pharmacy.

Who can be a member?

  • Owners, directors or superintendent pharmacists of independent businesses or;
  • Employees of Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) organisations (Asda, Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Morrisons, Rowlands Pharmacy, Superdrug, Tesco, and Well)

This ensures proportionate representation from our wide and varied network of pharmacy owners.

How are the CP(HB)s, Council & Board formed?

Every three years, members are selected at local elections (or placed by the CCA) to represent pharmacy owners in the Health Board area that they operate in. This leads to the formation of 14 Community Pharmacy (Health Board) committees – for example, Community Pharmacy Highland represents members in NHS Highland on local matters by negotiating, influencing and promoting in line with their best interests.

More information on the structure of CP(HB) committees can be found in the Model Constitution of Community Pharmacy (Health Board) Committees in Scotland.

From these 14 CP(HB) committees, 42 CPS Council members are elected to sit on the governing body of the organisation, which has the mandate to negotiate on NHS contractual matters (including funding) on behalf of all 1,256 of our members.

What does the CPS Board do?

Getting a group of 42 people together with any regularity can be challenging, so to deal with the fast pace of change in Scottish healthcare, the Council elects a 15-member CPS Board of Directors who hold the delegated authority and responsibilities of the Council. This expert group meets each month to manage the affairs of CPS, being led by a Chair and Vice-Chair, who also hold these posts in Council and are generally the public faces of the organisation.