My name is Michael Lyons, I am looking for your number one vote in the upcoming PSI Council election. I am an individual with no corporate agenda and I feel I can be a productive member of the Council.
By way of background, I have a wide experience as an employee pharmacist and more recently as an independent community pharmacy owner. I joined the PSI register in 2011 after graduating from the University of Kent with a Masters Degree in Pharmacy and following my pre-registration year in Belfast I went on to work in community pharmacy support roles in Cork and Dublin.
In 2015 I returned to education and combined studying the Barrister -at- Law Degree at the Honorable Society of Kings Inns, with working as a pharmacist at The Maple Pharmacy, Cabra, Dublin. I was called to the Irish Bar in 2016 and I also became a Pharmacy owner together with my brother when we opened our own Pharmacy in our hometown of Fermoy in Co. Cork.
I respectfully submit that the PSI Council’s number one objective is to protect the health and safety of the public by regulating pharmacists and pharmacies. This puts the pharmacists interests second to the patients and rightly so, however, I do feel that I am in a unique position being a community Pharmacist and a Barrister in that I have the necessarily skills and confidence to speak up and argue that by looking after pharmacists, treating them with the respect the profession deserves, we are in a much better place to protect the health and safety of the public.
In terms of agenda, in addition to the broad scope of developing and protecting the pharmacy profession, there are many issues which I would raise including the following;
With immediate effect, I will campaign for a just and lasting solution to the issues around Pharmaceutical Assistants.
I welcome Continued Professional Development, and I fully support the Future Pharmacy Practice report, I will be fully supporting the expanding role of the pharmacist, in particular pharmacists training as supplementary prescribers in this jurisdiction.
Pharmacist registration fees, I will campaign for a reduction in continued registration fees for newly qualified pharmacists. I believe an incremental model of fees would be better suited for pharmacy profession.
I will work with the PSI Council with passion and I will strive to bring my experience as a young community pharmacist to the table. I will highlight the challenges that pharmacist’s face on a daily basis, conflict can sometimes occur between different members of the Council, and what may appear to work on paper from a non-pharmacist point of view can very often pose to be a challenge on the ground and result in a disproportionate workload for the profession, which could in turn result in a decreased level of patient care.
I think there is a delicate balance to be achieved in decision making and I am confident that I have the skills gathered from my varied experience and professional qualifications to assist in this process. My unique qualifications will enable me to be a useful bridge between the pharmacist and non-pharmacist members of the Council and likewise between the Council and the Executive of the PSI.
I should also acknowledge that I have been newly appointed to the PSI’s expert witness panel and I also sit on the PSI’s Registration and Qualification Recognition Committee in an advisory capacity.
It would be a privilege for me to serve on the PSI Council, I aim to be an open and approachable candidate, who will listen and actively take on board my colleagues concerns.
Finally, I would like to thank my proposers- Dr Bernard Leddy, former president of the PSI and my brother and business partner Brendan Lyons for their continued support.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries. I encourage everyone to vote, it is imperative for the profession, that we have community pharmacists on the Council.
Michael Lyons, Number 1