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The Pharmaceutical Society NI welcomes the appointment of Dr. Geraldine O’Hare as President of the Council.

The Health Minister, Robin Swann, has announced the appointment of Dr. Geraldine O’Hare as President of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

Geraldine is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist, Associate Fellow, and a Chartered Scientist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is the Chief Assessor with the BPS and Chair Elect for the British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch, and recently received the BPS President’s Award for Innovation in Practice for her work following a Churchill Fellowship, completed in the USA. Geraldine has worked with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland for over 25 years as Head of Psychological Services, and the Director of Rehabilitation. She has extensive experience working with the Health and Justice sector, regulatory bodies and professional boards. Geraldine is an accomplished leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the public sector and from her involvement with various health care professional bodies and committees.

Trevor Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, said:

“I am pleased to welcome Geraldine as the new President of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society NI. Geraldine has a wealth of leadership and innovation skills and extensive experience in the health and justice sectors. Her experience and skills will be extremely valuable as Council guides the organisation during a period of significant change within pharmacy and within regulation. I look forward to working with her to continue our overarching mission to protect the public.”

Geraldine will take up the position of President on 1 November 2022.

ENDS

30/9/22

Notes to editors

The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland is the regulatory body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland. Our primary purpose is to ensure practicing pharmacists in Northern Ireland are fit to practise, keep their skills and knowledge up to date and deliver high quality safe care to patients.

For further information, please contact Mark Neale at the Pharmaceutical Society NI on 028 9026 7933 or mark.neale@psni.org.uk