A new home!

Because of some technical difficulties between the Joomla website and the WordPress blog the decision has been made to separate the two.  There should still be a link from the website to the blog and vice versa so all you have to do is to change your bookmark. If you are reading this then you already know the new address.

We’re back, part 2.

After a second delay I’m back again.  I’ll start putting up a copy of my articles for the last year ASAP.  In the mean time they are always available on the publishers website Greencross Publishing Due to artistic differences there may be a slight difference between the published version and the version that I post.

Ronan Sheridan

My name is Ronan Sheridan, a community pharmacist from Mullingar. I’m putting my name forward as a candidate in the upcoming PSI Council election.

In this brief message, I am asking you to consider me favourably with your number one vote.

I have two main reasons for putting my name forward for this election. Firstly, I feel my experience to date across a wide range of professional activities helps me to understand many of the issues, operational, financial and otherwise, facing Irish pharmacists. Secondly, I believe that that my range of experience and understanding will help me to be a strong voice on the Council for my fellow community pharmacists.

In tandem with this, I am also passionate about raising standards in pharmacy, and have shown a solid commitment to this through working as a peer support pharmacist for the Irish Institute of Pharmacy, and also acting as a tutor with the IPU Academy. I have also written extensively on CPD topics for the Irish Pharmacy News. I am currently a director of the Pharmacy Benevolent Fund.

Irish pharmacy is at a crossroads: choices and decisions made now will determine its future, and ours. I want to work in a profession where pharmacists like ourselves can deliver advanced services for patients, and are valued, recognised, and compensated accordingly. More focused engagement with the PSI at Council and Committee levels is crucial to help achieve this meaningful role for our profession.

If elected, I promise to use my voice, my time, energy and passion to speak up at Council for pharmacists like me who entered the profession to look after their patients in the best way possible.

To conclude, I want to thank you for taking time to read this, and ask again for your number one vote in the upcoming election.

I’m Ronan Sheridan, PSI Council candidate and community pharmacist. Thank you for your time.

Muireann Ni Shuilleabhain

The PSI has a significant involvement in the development of the pharmacy profession in the interests of patient safety. I believe that I can contribute significantly to the work of the PSI because of my experience in direct patient hospital care and in Ireland and abroad. I am a firm believer in evidence based research to achieve the best outcomes for patients and, as a hospital pharmacist, for improving medication safety in our hospitals in particular and in realising better and safer care. I have a particular focus on the transition of care points e.g. at admission and discharge, I would welcome the opportunity to influence the implementation of best practice in these areas. Responsibility for these transitions of care requires a collaborative approach and I look forward to close collaboration with colleagues in all areas of practice to enhance patient safety. We need pharmacists on Council who have the experience, commitment and enthusiasm to work to this goal and I believe I am one of these pharmacists.

Please vote for me Muireann Ni Shuilleabhain for Council.

Joanne Kissane

Joanne Kissane MPSI, Superintendent Pharmacist, LloydsPharmacy Ireland https://ie.linkedin.com/pub/joanne-kissane/41/7bb/29b

As a community pharmacist with experience in both a patient facing and regulatory role, I am acutely aware of both the opportunities and challenges that pharmacists face on a daily basis. I am a passionate champion of our profession and I strive to drive change in across the profession as a whole. If elected I am dedicated to working relentlessly to establish a just and practical regulatory system which consistently acts in the best interest of the patient and profession.

I received my BSc Pharm from TCD (1996 to 2000) and my MPSI in November 2001. I have worked in the field of community pharmacy since qualification and with Unicare Pharmacy, (now LloydsPharmacy), since Jan 2004. I assumed the role of Superintendent Pharmacist within the group in Sept. 2011. I am currently undertaking an MSc in Quality and Safety in Healthcare Management in RCSI and I am a director with the Pharmacy Benevolent Fund.

As Superintendent pharmacist for LloydsPharmacy I am responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance across the 83 pharmacies and I support over 150 pharmacists on a daily basis. I drive quality, safety and accountability by developing standards and promoting the ethical, responsible and competent professional activities of all pharmacists and colleagues within the group. Consequently, I have vast, varied and extensive experience in working with the PSI and if elected I will utilise my knowledge and skills to act in the best interests of both pharmacists and patients alike.

Anne McEntegart

I am a community pharmacist ,retailer and business owner based in Dundalk for the past 24 years.I am currently on the PCC committee of the IPU.

I was the pilot project for the first Life Pharmacy in 2008.I also served as a non –exec director on the board of Uniphar and had a part time position as community pharmacist on the old NEHB.

My aims if elected would be

*remove our fear of the regulator

* ensure that the PSI becomes a regulator that respects our profession

*reduce the extortionate fees

*ensure that pharmacy remains patient focused with the continuation of the personal contact between patient and pharmacist.