Pharmacy Forum NI Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Pharmacy Forum NI is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all our work within our organisation and as the professional leadership body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland.

The Forum acknowledges the benefits to be gained when we champion the diverse ideas and innovations people of different backgrounds, experiences and identities bring to our workplace, ultimately enabling pharmacists to deliver improved healthcare outcomes for an increasingly diverse patient population in Northern Ireland.

The promotion of EDI is the responsibility of all members of the NI pharmacy community.

Pharmacy Futures NI

More than 1,100 additional roles in the pharmacy sector in Northern Ireland will be required over the next five years. The opportunities – which will see current vacancies filled as well as new roles created in response to the development of new pharmacy services – will include up to 560 community, hospital and general practice pharmacists and over 600 pharmacy technicians.

The requirement for the roles has been identified in the Department of Health ‘Pharmacy Workforce Review’ published November 2020 and which is designed to inform Health and Social Care (HSC) workforce development needs in the pharmacy sector over the next 10 years.

Developed specifically to respond to the Review’s recommendations, ‘Pharmacy Futures NI’ is initially aimed at students thinking of entering the profession and pharmacists working away from home who may be thinking of returning to Northern Ireland.