The ballot papers are arriving today. Don’t leave it on the top of your “must do” pile. Do it now. (Note to self, Do It Now.) If you don’t vote then you can’t complain.
You’re all big boys and girls now, I shouldn’t need to explain STV (single transferable vote) to you. Vote 1 to 11 for those you most want to sit on the PSI Council or 11 to 1 for those you least want to sit there. It’s up to you. But vote early and often. The more pharmacists that vote the greater the mandate of those who sit on Council.
would like to introduce myself to you as I am running as a candidate
in the upcoming PSI council elections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I finally got FMD working in the pharmacy. Well sorta. I have to unplug the scanner so that I can log in. But hey it’s better than the variety of error messages that I have been getting.
So there was 9 totes with this afternoons orders. Guess how many products had the new 2D barcode. Six! And of that six how many could be verified? Two!
So far this didn’t take up too much time but when 9 totes of stock have to be scanned god knows how much time it is going to take. And time is money. And guess who is going to be stuck with the added expense.
Sabine Eggers, Pharmacist- seeking a place on the PSI council
coming to practice as a community pharmacist in Ireland in 1998, I
already had rich and varied experience in the fields of academia and
industrial pharmacy most notably:
BSc. (Pharm) Department
of Pharmacy at Hamburg University, Germany
in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (with
Fellow at the National Food Biotechnology Centre, UCC Cork and at
Cornell University, Upstate NY;
several research papers.
Project Manager (CPM) fir Aventis in Germany
Affairs Officer for Rowex Ltd. in Bantry, Ireland
have an abiding interest in the use of vitamins and food supplements
in maintaining good health and wellbeing and has lectured on the
subject in Ireland, Germany and the Middle East on behalf of Sona
Nutrition, Dublin since 1998 and for Pharma Nord since 2017.
further add to my extensive work experience, I have also practiced
community pharmacy in Germany and the UK.
I be elected to PSI Council, I would like to bring the wealth of
experience that I have in order to advocate for community pharmacy in
the following areas:
my experience gained in regulatory affairs, to streamline regulatory
compliance by SIP and SVPs to
reduce the sense of regulatory burden.
the introduction of systems
to help reduce the occurrence and severity of dispensing errors.
For example, a
standardised dispensary layout (following the BNF categories) would
be of benefit in pharmacies frequently using locums and would also
help to reduce, “sounds like, looks like” type of errors.”
newly qualified pharmacists, how vital
our role is as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team,
how much we have to offer to both, the public and to our peers and
how we can make a difference in patients’ lives.
the benefit of whole team pharmacy training, so that pharmacists
feel well supported in their role and the correct infrastructure is
in place to deliver top class services to the public AND value for
money to the State in the form of Medication
Usage Reviews and Minor Ailment Schemes,
to name two.
By focusing on a whole team (OTC Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians,
Pharmacists) approach to the provision of pharmacy services, we
create the space for community pharmacy to be more effective and
efficient at delivering new pharmacy services. This also means that
the success or failure of a service provided by a pharmacy is not
solely dependent on the pharmacist in charge. “According to the
Behaviour and Attitudes study carried out on behalf of the IPU, 98%
of pharmacists stated they spent to much time on paperwork, while
78% feel the profession’s role needs to be broadened”.
position of pharmacy technicians, whose tremendous skill set is
of you, who have met me will realise, that I am a straight talker,
ready to have courageous, meaningful conversations with other state
holders on our behalf.
is my belief, that we, the members of the pharmacy team, are
under-represented and under-supported.
want to be your voice on the PSI council, raising your concerns,
seeking to achieve discussion outcomes, which will support our work
and give us the recognition as valuable, highly educated health care
professionals we so deserve.
contact me using my email address firstname.lastname@example.org,
if you would like more information on what I plan to do for our
profession once elected to the PSI council.
I am contesting the council elections to seek that the majority of registered pharmacists (i.e. employees) are more adequately represented.
I believe chronic under-investment in staffing and resources to be
the single biggest hindrance to implementing good practices and coping
with the burden of regulatory compliance.It’s my view that
the role of superintendent is widely misunderstood and not taken
seriously, and as such their responsibilities are effectively passed on
to ordinary pharmacists, be they working in supervising, support, relief
or locum roles.I think it’s vital that membership of the of
the council (and its committees) is not overly corporate in nature or
overly sympathetic to corporate interests, and instead more
representative of the majority (>80%) of pharmacists that do not have
a stake in pharmacy ownership. I have close to
a decade’s experience, in which I have locumed far and wide, seeing
first-hand the strengths and weaknesses of community pharmacy, and
developing an understanding of the challenges faced.I am
committed to maintaining and raising standards in the profession and if
elected to council I will seek that superintendents are more proactive
in their managerial and directorial role, and made more accountable. Pharmacy owners may not be my constituency, but the vast majority of pharmacists are.I hope a sufficient numbers of employees will see this and my message will resonate with them. Roughly 5 out of every 6 pharmacists have no role in pharmacy ownership.If you are one of them, I am representing your interests. Anyone with queries regarding my candidacy should get in touch at email@example.com
As with the last few Council Elections I’m offering all the candidates (and there is a lot of them this time) the opportunity to post around 500 words about themselves here on my blog. This will automatically be linked to my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Those that I have contact details for should be hearing from myself soon. As for the rest I will have to do a bit of detective work. If you are one of the candidates and don’t hear from me but would like to post then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and enclose a scan or copy of your cert for proof of identity.
Subject to libel, defamation and incitement to hatred I have no intention of editing your pieces. I haven’t had to do it yet and I don’t expect that I will have to do it this time.
Even though they are appointed by the Minister to protect the public it’s vital to have the voice of community pharmacy at the Council table. Change in there can be grindingly slow and a very special sense of humour is needed. I certainly wouldn’t have the patience or energy for it now but I salute and take my hat off to those who do.