We have a dedicated team of trained facilitators to support to support, guide and mentor pharmacists through the CPD process. We run a series of events during the year, which will be publicised on our website, social media and via our newsletter.

Whether you’re engaging with the process for the first time, feel that you would benefit from refreshing your knowledge, or perhaps want to update your presentation style, then please book a facilitated one to one session.

Alison Ragg

Alison obtained her pharmacy degree at The University of Nottingham and then completed her pre-registration year in the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Hospital NHS Trust.  Following this, she took up a Resident Hospital Pharmacist post at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, completing rotations in a wide range of specialities including oncology, paediatrics, surgery, nephrology, gastroenterology, cardiology and respiratory medicine.  Alison also completed a Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy through Cardiff University during this time.

Following Alison’s return to Northern Ireland in 2007 she moved into the clinical trial industry, and have worked in this field for the past 10 years, her most recent role being a Senior Project Manager/Pharmacist in a Contract Research Organisation in Belfast.  Alison managed a small team of Pharmacists and her work with Investigational Medicinal Products including assembly of products for clinical trial use in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice, maintenance of appropriate licences, maintenance of pharmacy premises and equipment and staff training.  Alison also hold qualifications in the field of medical writing (European Medical Writers Association Foundation and Advanced Professional Development Programmes) and Project Management (PRINCE2 Practitioner).

Mark Overell

Having studied pharmacy at what is now known as Brighton University, Mark registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 1976. After a number of locum and management roles, Mark moved to Northern Ireland, registered with the Pharmaceutical Society Northern Ireland in 1982 and became the Assistant Manager in the new Bloomfield Store in Tower Centre, Ballymena.

Numerous assistant, locum and management roles followed in, amongst others, Antrim, Belfast, Coleraine, Lisburn and Bangor, resultant in an Area Management post before taking voluntary redundancy in 2000 as Boots reorganised.

Over the next 5 years Mark started and ran a Computer Tutoring Company, delivering Microsoft training to private companies, colleges, pharmacists (NICPPET) and private individuals.

In 2005 Mark returned to the Pharmacy sector as the Probity Pharmacist for the Southern Health Board and in 2006 added the Eastern Health Board to that role. In 2008 as the four boards combined Mark became a Pharmacy Advisor and Probity Lead. Finally in 2016 Mark took voluntary severance and retired, whilst remaining on the register.

Mark now delivers Probity and I.T. courses and has been a CPD Facilitator for the Pharmacy Forum Northern Ireland since 2013.

Bronagh Currie