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ULSTER CHEMISTS’ ASSOCIATION IN FOCUS


President's Welcome 2


017 may be well under way, but on 28 January I had the pleasure of hosting the


President’s Ball, which looked back at 2016.


In my speech, I spoke about our colleague Martin White and the very sad death of his patient, Mrs Ethna Walsh. for every pharmacist, patient safety is paramount, and for an error to lead to a patient dying is devastating.


to add to a pharmacist’s distress, such an error leads to a criminal prosecution. this ‘Sword of Damocles’ over our heads does nothing but breed fear among pharmacists, and UCA is calling for a change in the law to create an environment where we can learn


terrific catalyst in helping Urban Pharmacy to improve its working processes. Plus, it was great fun!


from dispensing errors and improve patient safety. Read more about it on page 8.


Community pharmacy is eagerly waiting to hear news of our new contract, which has been promised for this year. Pharmacy can do so much more for the health and wellbeing of our communities than our current contract allows, so let’s hope that a new contract will help us to reach our full potential. Read what Joe Brogan has to say on the matter on page 50.


Staff are the best asset any community pharmacy can have and my own pharmacy team recently took on a challenge – training to Work as a Successful team. the training, which was arranged by UCA, has been a


Whether it’s rolling out new services, improving patient safety or providing better customer care, we all need to think in terms of continuous improvement, so training and development for every member of the team is essential.


that’s why UCA has developed a range of team or business training courses to help our members develop their team.


the President’s Ball in January was a great success and I’d like to thank Profile Publishing for another wonderful event. the evening provided an opportunity for myself and my fellow pharmacists and industry colleagues to not only celebrate the very best that pharmacy


PROMOTING AND PROTECTING COMMUNITY & PRIMARY CARE PHARMACY IN NORTHERN IRELAND


has to offer, but to look back over ten years of Pharmacy in focus Awards!


Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of this year’s Chemis and, as I said in my speech, ‘milk it’. Make the most of your achievement and be very proud of the great work you are doing to serve your community.


ClIff MCElHInnEY, PRESIDEnt, UlStER CHEMIStS' ASSoCIAtIon


REPRESEntAtIon PHARMACISt’S DIARY by Mairead Conlon


I am delighted that with my first year in the role now under my belt, our UCA members are most definitely getting in contact with me more and more for advice and suggestions on how we can better support their businesses.


Upon your request, I have written a ‘How to get started on Social media’ guide - look out for that coming to you soon. Any further questions, please just let me know.


We have been busy in the office getting the Pre-reg placement packs ready for distribution to all third-year students in QUB and UU. I had the pleasure of addressing both groups (approximately 160 students) and giving them my advice on how rewarding a career in community


Tel: 028 9065 6576 www.uca.org.uk


pharmacy really is, as they embark on choosing their pre-reg placement.


lots of great questions and discussion from a number of students and it is very encouraging to see so many enthusiastic young people interested in joining our profession.


the packs have also been emailed to all schools of pharmacy across the UK, so any student wishing to return home, will have all the information they require to apply in nI.


We have also had four pre-reg training days since Christmas - covering a number of topics including asthma and CoPD and pain management, as well as an excellent ‘speed dating’ style session, working on the Performance Standards.


feedback from the students is increasingly positive with every session, so it seems our newly- revamped course is really hitting the mark with both students and tutors.


Don’t forget to read the Pharmacist Representation group’s ‘ten questions with…’ - it’s a really exciting new feature in the Pif magazine and this time Joe Brogan, HSCB Pharmacy lead will be telling us a bit more about himself.


My role is shaped by the needs of our members - so if you need me, please do not hesitate to get in contact and I will endeavour to help!


Contact the UCA office on 02890656576 or email Mairead@uca.org.uk


MY RolE IS SHAPED BY tHE nEEDS of oUR MEMBERS - So If YoU nEED ME, PlEASE Do not HESItAtE to gEt In ContACt AnD I WIll EnDEAVoUR to HElP!


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