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PSA Review published

The Professional Standards Authority publishes its review of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s performance for 2017/18

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has published its annual performance review of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, which can be found here. The PSA, which annually reviews each of the statutory health and social care regulators to assess whether they are meeting their Standards of Good Regulation, announced that the Pharmaceutical Society NI, whose register covers 2,563 pharmacists practising in Northern Ireland, has met all of the Standards of Good Regulation for the third year in a row and has maintained the improvement in its performance.

Commenting on the PSA’s report, the President of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, Dr Jim Livingstone, said:

“We are delighted that we achieved all of the Standards of Good Regulation for the third year in a row, which I believe is a testimony to the hard work and professionalism of everyone in the organisation.

“This serves to reinforce the importance of securing the willingness of the public, pharmacists and other stakeholders to engage with us to make further improvements towards meeting our regulatory objectives of protecting the public, upholding the reputation of the pharmacy profession in Northern Ireland and maintaining standards.

“Listening to the public, pharmacists and other stakeholders to ensure our regulatory work is really helpful, sensibly proportionate, and well-focused in the right areas is always beneficial and I invite all stakeholders to keep engaging with us in our continuing development.

“As always, however, we are not complacent. We recognise that the healthcare system, professionals and patients are under significant pressure at present and recent reports, incidents and investigations, demonstrate that regulators must remain constantly vigilant, willing to work with others and focused on improvement”.

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 for the third year in a row. We recognise the importance of public confidence in the delivery of our work and such an endorsement is very helpful. The PSA review a significant amount of information as part of their assessment and, as always, they have helpfully identified areas for our future focus which we will pursue.

“We are entering a new era with PSA following a recent review and update of their standards for good regulation and we are already working towards ensuring we continue to meet the current standards and preparing to demonstrate how we meet the new standards when they are introduced”.



A summary and copy of the PSA’s performance review can be found here.