Below you can read about some of the people who are working in pharmacy in Northern Ireland. If you’re interested in a career in pharmacy or have a question about pharmacy in Northern Ireland you can connect with our LinkedIn network to find out more.
My father was a dedicated community pharmacist and I was brought up working in the world of pharmacy from no age!
My role brings practice experience and knowledge of the community pharmacy setting to both undergraduate and postgraduate education. My work in practice is based on providing core services and patient advice.
I work in primary care, supporting GP practices to manage chronically ill patients across several disease areas. This can involve patient facing clinic work, remote clinics as well as notes based audits and therapy reviews.
I am currently a community pharmacist working mainly in West Belfast, where I’m originally from. I also own my own aesthetic and skincare business with my partner who is a doctor. During the Covid-19 pandemic, however, we returned to the front line.
Since 2008, I have had the privilege of leading the Teacher Practitioner Pharmacist Team, who are based across the NI hospital Trusts and both Schools of Pharmacy (UU and QUB). In this role, I have focussed on developing the clinical pharmacy workforce for all settings by teaching undergraduate pharmacy students and pre-registration pharmacists, mentoring foundation trainee pharmacists as well as advanced practice
I provide pharmaceutical professional leadership in mental health services and act as an advanced practitioner, providing expert opinion both within and outside pharmacy to ensure the safe and effective delivery of medicines management within this sector which optimises clinical outcomes and minimises adverse reactions and errors in this area. I have been a pharmacist for 21 years.
I am the lead pharmacy technician training at the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD). My background is in hospital pharmacy so it’s been amazing to have a national role that enables me to interact with pharmacy colleagues across the UK and Ireland. I have learned so much about the different roles pharmacy professionals undertake, and how we can support these.
I develop and deliver teaching and assessment for undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences students.
I work in a dynamic team driving safer and more effective medicines use through innovation, research, service development, technology and knowledge transfer to optimise patient care. This includes collaborating extensively across Europe and sharing our work locally, nationally and internationally through conferences, events and publications.
My role centres on training student pharmacists to be safe and effective healthcare professionals and inspiring them to be passionate about the profession. Through various teaching and learning approaches, I aim to foster the development of key skills and knowledge so that students are equipped to positively contribute to person-centred care, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
My first weekend job in a pharmacy was 18 years ago! Today, I advise on the development and implementation of pharmacy and medicines policy, in support of the Minister for Health and Department of Health.
I have been a pharmacist for 22 years and my current role has two main elements - to support and help local National Pharmacy Association (NPA) members with resources and guidance to successfully run their businesses, and to work with members and stakeholders to raise the profile of community pharmacy.
I have been a pharmacist for 19 years. I started my career in community pharmacy with a Saturday job, aged 15 and have never looked back. I have held positions in small independents and regional roles for large multiples and now use my experience to mentor and develop colleagues across the profession in NI.
I have been a pharmacist for 40 years and pharmacy in NI has given me opportunities I would never have imagined.
In my final year at Queen’s University Belfast, I took part in a pharmacy elective in Nepal with an organisation called Work the World. I absolutely loved the experience volunteering abroad and helped out again on another trip to Kenya. Then my real-life career began…
I am accountable for the medical content in the therapy area and company products I work on. I lead on medical strategic plans and work on projects that will enhance patient care. I communicate with healthcare professionals from all disciplines to answer medical and scientific enquiries, while building relationships to understand their healthcare environment. I am also responsible for training colleagues within my therapy area.
Homecare medicines is a specialist pharmacy service, where regular supplies of hospital prescribed medicines are delivered to patients at home. These services, which may include providing nurse training for patients at home, are provided by external providers. A large part of my role is managing the contracts and service level agreements with the homecare providers.
I have been a qualified pharmacist for 32 years. I studied at Queen’s University Belfast and completed my pre-registration year in Boots, Coleraine. I continued into management with the company and moved to England and Scotland for six years. For family reasons, my wife and I returned to Northern Ireland and after two years working for independent pharmacies, we opened up community pharmacies in the North Antrim villages of Rasharkin and Dunloy.
I have just completed my undergraduate degree in pharmacy and received a first class honours from Ulster University. Studying at Ulster University allowed me to avail of some of the best teaching the UK has to offer, along with having some of the most beautiful scenery in the world on my doorstep. Ulster University allowed me to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes I needed to confidently start my pharmacy career.
I have been a pharmacist for 17 years and currently have two roles. I provide clinical pharmacy input to the specialist palliative care team in the Macmillan Unit and across the Trust and I lead a team delivering innovative discharge follow-up service supporting patients with medication issues after discharge from hospital.
In my job, I help to improve the quality of older people’s lives by supporting, developing and evaluating models of pharmaceutical care, which focus on optimising medicines using a person centred approach.
I am currently a third-year pharmacy student at Ulster University. I chose to study pharmacy in Northern Ireland because of the reputation and quality of teaching of Ulster University, the small class sizes and the beautiful and historic surroundings NI has to offer. Moreover, the pharmacy community in Northern Ireland is small and supportive, which I have experienced first-hand at all my university placements across community, hospital and industry settings.
I am a final year pharmacy student in Ulster University and I also work part-time in my local community pharmacy. I have worked as a pharmacy assistant in my local community pharmacy for two years.
I studied pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast and have been qualified four years now, spending three as a Pharmacist Branch Manager in community, however since October 2020, I have been working with East Antrim Federation as a General Practice Pharmacist.
I am currently doing the first half of my pre-registration year in a hospital. I will complete the second half in community pharmacy. I completed my MPharm degree at Queen’s University Belfast. I also have some research experience from participating in the summer studentship programme at Queen's University.
I have worked in pharmacy for 16 years. I started out without any experience of working in pharmacy and quickly grew to love my career. Today, I teach on the BTEC Level 2 & 3 Pharmacy courses and I am one of two lead NVQ IVs who coordinate the NVQ Pharmacy course for Pharmacy Assistants and Pharmacy Technicians at the South Eastern Regional College (SERC), Northern Ireland.
I have completed three years of the MPharm degree at Queen’s University Belfast and I am currently in my fourth and final year.
Pharmacy NI Champion
Pharmacy Futures NI is aimed at attracting pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy staff to come work in Northern Ireland. To support it, we have a network of dynamic and enthusiastic ‘Pharmacy Champions’ to help get the word out on the job opportunities currently available in NI and to promote the profession here.
Are you passionate about pharmacy in NI? And would you be willing to champion the great work happening in pharmacy and why NI is the place to be? If so, we’d love you to join our network of ‘Pharmacy Champions’.
Being a Pharmacy NI Champion is flexible to suit your availability. Click here for more information.