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Eamon O’Donnell elected Chair of Pharmacy Forum NI

Eamon O’Donnell (pictured) has been elected as the new Chair of Pharmacy Forum NI. The decision was taken at the Forum Board’s last meeting held 11 November 2021, which also saw the appointment of Dr Oisín Kavanagh as the Forum’s new Vice-Chair.

Outgoing Chair, Sheelin McKeagney, who has been instrumental in leading the Forum over the past five years, commented:

“It has been a pleasure to have served as Chair of Pharmacy Forum NI. I am immensely proud of my profession but it is the people behind it who make it…I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to the Forum Board, Committees and Special Interest Groups who have supported me throughout my tenure. I remain an elected Board member but I am confidently handing over the reins to Eamon, who I have no doubt will ensure we remain responsive and representative of our great profession.”

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Pharmacy team 24/7 health & wellbeing service

The 24/7 health & wellbeing service made available for all members of the pharmacy team, has been extended until March 2022.

Whether you are a pharmacy technician, dispenser, healthcare assistant, delivery driver or if you are providing any other type of pharmacy support role, you can avail of this service, which includes access to a 24/7 telephone helpline, structured telephone/video counselling, financial and legal guidance and access to online support at Inspire Hub.

Support available is free, confidential and delivered by the independent workplace wellbeing provider, Inspire.

All of the above support, along with a range of other services, is currently available to NI pharmacists and family (spouse/civil partner, children and dependants) through the Pharmacists’ Advice and Support Service (PASS) on an ongoing basis.

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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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Inspire Provides Advice on Festive Stress

Stress at Christmas

For many, the festive season is one of joy. However, it can also be a season of stress and anxiety. There are so many things to do and a limited time to do them in.

Working people may feel especially harassed, trying to fit Christmas activities into their limited time. As healthcare professionals, there can also be additional work pressures during the winter season. In uncertain times and recession, the commercial aspect of Christmas might seem especially difficult. Often part of the problem is the large discrepancy between ‘expectations’ and reality. This time of year is ‘supposed’ to be joyous, perfect, celebratory but with all the shopping, Christmas parties, and holiday get-togethers, it can be an extremely stressful time of year, and can bring a sense of dread to many people.

Pharmacists’ Advice and Support Service (PASS) partner Inspire have drawn up a useful guide with tips on how to help ease stress during the festive season. Just follow the link below.

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PASS Welcomes a Generous Donation from Boots UK

The Pharmacists’ Advice and Support Service (PASS) is delighted to welcome a donation from Boots UK to support its work in Northern Ireland.

PASS, which is an independent charity, provides a wide range of free and confidential services for pharmacists, former pharmacist and their dependants, in Northern Ireland. These include, information and signposting to key service providers, face to face telephone and specialist counselling, short term financial assistance, funding for specialist treatment and pre-retirement courses.

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The Pharmacy Forum NI Rewards Excellence

A festive Belfast City Hall was the venue on the 15th November, as Pharmacy professionals joined politicians and other honoured guests to recognise and celebrate excellence in the pharmacy profession.  The Pharmacy Forum NI conferred three new Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, Cora Sonner, Professor Carmel Hughes and Loretto McManus.

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