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Call for new Council Members

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is seeking to appoint six Council Members to the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (five registered persons and one lay member). To be appointed with effect from 1 June 2016.


The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland is the regulatory and professional body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland whose work is overseen by a Council comprising 14 Non-Executive Members.  It maintains a register of over 2300 pharmacists, 210 pre-registration trainees and over 500 pharmacy premises across the country.

Essential Criteria

Applicants for the six Council Member posts must meet the following four essential criteria: Business Sense; Corporate Governance; Stakeholder Engagement; and Self Awareness and Personal Contribution.


No Member of the Council is allowed to hold office for more than an aggregate of eight years in any twenty year period.

  • Remuneration – details in Information Pack attached
  • Time commitment – to attend at least 6 Council meetings per year and may be asked to attend other Committees as required

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is committed to encouraging a diverse range of applicants for public appointments and to the principle of appointment on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.

Applications are welcomed from all backgrounds regardless of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependents.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities as these groups are currently underrepresented on HSC bodies.

Application Information

Information packs, application forms, equality monitoring forms, probity and conflict of interest guidance, can all be found on the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety website:

Contact details


Telephone:      028 9076 5606

Fax:                 028 9052 8403

Write to:           DHSSPS Appointments and Business Unit, Room D1, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SQ.

Closing Date

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 18 March 2016.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Information Packs and application forms can be provided in alternative formats and applicants who require assistance will be facilitated on request.  Applicants invited for interview will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses.