The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has published its performance review of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as part of its annual review of the nine statutory health and social care regulators across the UK. The performance review assesses whether each regulator is meeting the PSA’s Standards of Good Regulation. We are very pleased to report that the PSA has now confirmed that the Pharmaceutical Society NI met all the Standards of Good Regulation for 2015/16.
Reflecting on the performance review, Dr. Jim Livingstone, President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland said:
“We are delighted with this Performance Review outcome. I believe it is a testimony to the hard work and professionalism of everyone in the organisation. Above all, however, it should give the public assurance that we are doing the right things in the right way to protect patients from potential harm and to uphold the reputation of the pharmacy profession in Northern Ireland.
“At the same time, we cannot rest on our laurels, and so the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society NI will soon announce a new corporate strategy that will set fresh and ambitious objectives for the organisation, aimed at driving even further improvements in our regulatory performance.
“The PSA did identify a number of issues within our legislative framework, which governs all of our work, and has highlighted the importance of addressing these legislative deficiencies. This is a matter we are acutely aware of and have made it a key priority to work with the Department of Health to modernise our regulatory legislation. In this way we hope new legislation can match our ambition to be a trusted leader for modern and effective healthcare regulation, ensuring pharmacy services are safe and meet the highest standards for the people of Northern Ireland”.
Trevor Patterson, Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, commented:
“It is very gratifying to see that we have met all of the PSA’s standards – we are not, however, complacent and have noted areas where the PSA have helpfully suggested further improvement opportunities. Our soon to be launched Corporate Strategy 2017 to 2022 already contains ambitious plans to further develop our service delivery and improve agility, cost effectiveness and accountability – we will be working hard with all of our stakeholders to realise these benefits”.
A summary and copy of the PSA’s performance review can be found here: www.professionalstandards.org.uk/publications/detail/performance-review-psni-2015-16