Rewarding Excellence 2024

Congratulations to the three new Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, who were conferred at the Rewarding Excellence event at Belfast City Hall on 9th February 2024

From left to right: newly conferred Fellow, Michael Guerin, founder and Director of MediCare Pharmacy Group; Julie Greenfield, Manager of Pharmacy Forum NI; Professor Cathy Harrison, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Northern Ireland; Robin Swann MLA, Minister for Health; Sheelin McKeagney, Chair of Pharmacy Forum NI Board; Dr Geraldine O’Hare, President of the Pharmaceutical Society NI; newly conferred Fellow, Dr Brenda Bradley, Pharmacy Lead at HSCNI; newly conferred Fellow, Professor Roisín O’Hare, Teacher Practitioner Team Leader at Queens University Belfast; Michaela McAleer, CEO of the Pharmaceutical Society NI.

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Hub & spoke expansion: patient safety must remain intact

Pharmacy Forum NI has supported the DHSC consultation proposal to expand hub and spoke dispensing to include new arrangements between registered pharmacies belonging to different legal entities, provided that the proposals do not compromise the level of care offered to patients through pharmaceutical services.

Of the two hub and spoke dispensing models presented in the consultation, the Forum remains only broadly supportive of model 1 – where medicines are returned assembled from the hub to the spoke pharmacy before supply to the patient; the Forum does not support model 2, where the hub pharmacy supplies medicines directly to the patient.

The Forum has further requested the undertaking of a full impact assessment in Northern Ireland in order to understand the size and nature of any impact of the proposed changes on the NI pharmacist profession and NI patients.

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Pharmacy Futures NI animation

A new two minute animation targeting all post-primary schools in Northern Ireland is the latest resource that has been developed under the Pharmacy Futures NI campaign, which was launched in November 2020 to support current and future NI pharmacy workforce needs.

The animation is designed to encourage school pupils to consider pharmacy as a career. It is aimed mainly at school pupils at the slightly earlier stage in subject choices/career decision-making but is suitable for any post-primary age.

The animation complements a wider range of assets that have been developed since the campaign launch. 

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