I have been a registered pharmacist for 20 years. I graduated in 1999, and pursued a career in hospital pharmacy at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, England. In 2003 I returned home to Northern Ireland to work as Lead Admissions Pharmacist and then project lead for the rollout of Integrated Medicines Management (IMM) within the SHSCT.
In 2008, I took up post in the WHSCT as Lead Pharmacist (Medicine) and in 2012, I was appointed as one of the first two consultant pharmacists within NI. Today, I have responsibility for implementing and evaluating innovative pharmacy models focusing on the benefits of medicines optimisation for older people across acute, intermediate care, community and care home settings in NI.
Pharmacy is the cornerstone to the most common medical intervention made within NI. On a daily basis, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and support staff navigate, support and safeguard colleagues and patients to achieve the best outcomes from the use of medicines. It is an immensely rewarding role to play a part in alleviating suffering, preventing harm and providing comfort to people within our communities. Pharmacy in Northern Ireland has a strong culture of supporting, innovating and growing exceptional talent. I am proud to be part of it.