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.

Three pharmacists registered in Northern Ireland have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to pharmacy and were made Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society NI at an award ceremony and reception hosted by the leadership body Pharmacy Forum NI at Belfast City Hall on Thursday 8th February 2024.

Fellows and distinguished guests were joined by Health Minister Robin Swann, who delivered a brief address at the start of the evening.

Those conferred this year were: Dr Brenda Bradley, Pharmacy Lead at HSCNI; Mr Michael Guerin, Founder and Director of MediCare Pharmacy Group; and Prof. Roisín O’Hare, Teacher Practitioner Team Leader at Queens University Belfast.

Rewarding Excellence is a biennial event, organised by the Pharmacy Forum NI, where new Fellows are conferred. It is also the occasion for awarding Gold Medals to the top scoring graduates of the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast schools of Pharmacy.

A Fellowship recognises individuals who have exhibited strong leadership and distinction in the pharmacy profession, science or practice and have promoted the profession to an exceptional degree or have rendered outstanding service to the community at large.

It is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a registered pharmacist in Northern Ireland. It recognises those individuals who have attained distinction in a particular aspect or aspects of their career.

As Fellowships are based on nominations from members of the profession in NI, it also signifies the esteem in which a nominee is held by his or her peers.

There are currently 20 Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, including the recently appointed cohort, who are drawn from across the profession and represent a variety of sectors and career stages.

Health Minister Robin Swann addressing Rewarding Excellence 2024

Addressing the event, Health Minister Robin Swann said:

“My department is fully committed to an ambitious future for pharmacy in Northern Ireland, where your skills and knowledge are fully realised.”

Gold Medal Winners 2023: Emma Harmon (L) and Poppy Clements (R)

The Gold Medals were awarded by the Forum to Emma Harmon from Queen’s University Belfast, and Polly Clements from Ulster University.

Ronnie McMullan Winners for 2022 and 2023: Sue Cho (L) and Olivia Casey (R)

The Ronnie McMullan Award is awarded each year to the Foundation Year Trainee who receives the highest mark in the Common Registration Assessment. At the event it went to Sue Cho, who was the top scorer in 2022, and Olivia Casey who achieved the same success in 2023.