Dear Pharmacy Colleagues
I would like to introduce myself to you as I am running as a candidate in the upcoming PSI council elections.
I am a practicing community pharmacist who graduated from TCD in 2005. I completed my Pre-Reg In Bhagwans Pharmacy, Ballinteer and started my career in Meaghers Pharmacy in 2007. I became Supervising pharmacist in 2010 and Superintendent pharmacist in 2016.
Educating pharmacy students and developing the profession of pharmacy is a special interest of mine. As a tutor pharmacist since 2010 I have overseen the successful progress of over 50 interns through the National Pharmacy Intern Programme (NPIP). Alongside my community pharmacist role I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Practice of Pharmacy in TCD helping develop the communication and conflict resolution skills in the future graduates.
I have substantial committee experience having in the past advised RCSI with the NPIP and sat on the steering group for the Irish Institute Of Pharmacy. I am currently a Strategic Advisory Board member for the School Of Pharmacy TCD. I am also a sitting member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the PSI.
Over the past 12 years I have worked through the dramatic changes to our profession and livelihoods including The Pharmacy Act , FEMPI and the resulting strikes , Reference Pricing and more recently the implications of FMD. I have a wealth of experience in community practice and understand the implications the Pharmacy Act has had on our day to day practice as we work to deliver excellent pharmacy care and services to our patients. I have been excited to be an advocate for the expanding role of the community pharmacist through the delivery of pharmacy vaccination and Emergency Hormonal Contraception services.
Since 2017 I have been a member of the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. During that time I have become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the hospital pharmacist in the safe delivery of pharmaceutical care and the impact this has on patient outcomes. I understand the challenges facing hospital pharmacists while working as part of the multidisciplinary team and at the interface between hospital and community pharmacy.
I would appreciate your vote to strengthen the representation of pharmacists in patient-facing roles. If elected I will act in the best interest of the patients and the public to ensure that professional developments and evolutions of the role of the pharmacist are robust and well-reasoned. As a superintendent I am very aware of the legal and professional responsibilities we have as patient facing pharmacists. Drawing on all this experience I feel I would be a worthy representative of our profession on the council.
Ballots will be circulated by post in the coming days to your registered address and need to be returned to the PSI before April 17th. Please use your vote and I would really appreciate your first preference.
Eugene Renehan MPSI