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Fitness to Practise Hearings

STATUTORY COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING

Hearings of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland Statutory Committee are open to the public and are scheduled to be held at Society House, 73 University Street, Belfast, BT7 1HL. You should beware that part of a hearing may be held in private, for example, when discussing a registrant’s health. Dates and times may change at short notice so please check on 02890 326927 before travelling.

Contact:

Peter Hutchinson-Secretary to the Statutory Committee

Tel: 02890 326927

Email: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

If you’re a member of the media please contact the press office before attending

 

Hearings 2022

John Patrick McGuigan

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 27 June 2022 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant, Mr John Patrick McGuigan, Registration Number 4547.

Summary of allegations:

It is alleged that Mr McGuigan’s fitness to practise as a registered pharmacist may be impaired, pursuant to Paragraph 4(1)(a) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 by reason of misconduct.

The particulars of the alleged misconduct from which it is alleged that impairment of fitness to practise arises are set out as follows, namely:

  1. On or about 14 June 2007, when applying to join the register of pharmaceutical chemists maintained by the Registrar of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, the Registrant made a false declaration by stating that he had not been convicted of an offence in a court of law whereas he was, in fact, on 22 February 2007 convicted of driving after consuming alcohol in excess of the prescribed limit contrary to Article 16(1)(a) of the Road Traffic (NI) Order 1995.
  2. From 23 May 2008 until 12 May 2017, each year after his first registration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, the Registrant made a false declaration on his yearly retention form in that he failed to declare that he was, on 22 February 2007, convicted of driving after consuming alcohol in excess of the prescribed limit contrary to Article 16(1)(a) of the Road Traffic (NI) Order 1995.
  3. His actions, as described at paragraph 1 and 2 above, were dishonest in that (a) he knew that he was required to declare such a conviction, (b) he failed to declare the conviction at the point of first registration, and (c) he completed and submitted the retention form each year for 10 years, knowing that he had made a false declaration in the retention form.

The Society further alleges that the Registrant is in breach of selected principles and obligations of in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Ethics (2009) and Code of Professional Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance for Pharmacists in Northern Ireland (2016) by reason of misconduct.

By the Registrant’s acts or omissions, it is alleged that he has (a) brought the profession into disrepute, (b) failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles and obligations set out above and (c) undermined public confidence in the profession.

This hearing will convene at 73 University Street, Belfast. The hearing is subject to Covid-19 guidelines and access to the public may be limited. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing, they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

 

Michael John McDaid

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 27 May 2022 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant, Mr Michael John McDaid, Registration Number 3302.

Summary of allegations:

It is alleged that Mr. McDaid’s fitness to practise as a registered pharmacist may be impaired, pursuant to Paragraph 4(1)(g) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 by reason of a relevant police caution.

The particulars of the relevant police caution, from which it is alleged that impairment of fitness to practice arises, are as follows:

  1. On 3 March 2021, the Registrant attended Musgrave Police Station and accepted a police caution in relation to the following offence – that between 2nd and 24th day of March 2020 the Registrant sold or supplied a Prescription Only Medicine (POM), namely Ranitidine, otherwise than in accordance with a prescription given by an appropriate practitioner, in contravention of Regulation 214(1) of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012, contrary to Regulation 255(1)(a) of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.

For the purposes of paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended and Regulation 26(11) of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, the following principles and obligations (contained in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Professional Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance for Pharmacists in Northern Ireland (2016)) are regarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as relevant to the proceedings.  Further, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland alleges that the Registrant is in breach of these principles and associated standards by reason of the police caution particularised above.

  • The general principle of registration as a pharmacist that requires a Registrant to act to promote and maintain public confidence in the pharmacy profession.
  • Principle 2 – Provide a safe and quality service and, in particular, standard 2.1 and the associated obligations set out below.
  • Standard 2.1 – Provide safe, effective and quality care.
  • Standard 2.1.1 – Promote and ensure the safe, effective and rational use of medicines, medicinal products and therapies.
  • Standard 2.1.2 – Effectively control and manage the sale or supply of medicinal and related products paying particular attention to those with a potential for abuse or dependency.
  • Principle 3 – Act with professionalism and integrity at all times and, in particular, standard 3.1 and the associated obligations set out below.
  • Standard 3.1 – Act with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Standard 3.1.1 – Adhere to accepted and acceptable standards of personal and professional conduct at all times both inside and outside the work environment.
  • Standard 3.1.2 – Maintain public trust and confidence in your profession by acting with honesty and integrity in your dealings with others. This applies to your professional, business and educational activities.

By his acts or omissions, it is alleged that the Registrant has (a) brought the profession into disrepute, (b) failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles and obligations set out above and (c) undermined public confidence in the profession.

This hearing will convene at 73 University Street, Belfast. The hearing is subject to Covid-19 guidelines and access to the public may be limited. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing, they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

 

Alexandra Bradley

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 05 and 06 May 2022 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant, Ms. Alexandra Bradley, Registration Number 2835 IP.

Summary of allegations:

  1. It is alleged that Ms. Bradley’s fitness to practise as a registered pharmacist may be impaired pursuant to Paragraph 4(1)(b) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 by reason of deficient professional performance.

The particulars of the alleged deficient professional performance from which it is alleged that impairment of fitness to practise arises are set out as follows, namely:

(A) It is alleged that the Registrant’s ability to practise safely and effectively as a pharmacist is compromised by reason of the following matters –

(i) She displayed a lack of essential clinical knowledge;

(ii) She made errors with such frequency and to such an extent as to call into question her professional competence;

(iii) She failed to demonstrate the general skills and competencies required;

(iv) She failed to undertake tasks consistent with the role undertaken;

(v) She failed to adequately and contemporaneously record and code medical notes;

(vi) She failed to properly monitor and manage patients receiving anticoagulant medication;

(vii) She failed to properly undertake medication reviews and intervene when required;

(viii) She demonstrated a lack of insight into deficits identified;

(ix) She failed to respond adequately or at all to issues raised.

(B) Taken individually and collectively, the errors and competence issues identified above give rise to a concern about the Registrant’s ability to practise safely and effectively as a pharmacist.

(C) The Registrant’s performance consistently fell short of the required and expected standard.

(D)Potential and actual patient safety issues have been identified; and

(E)There is a specific concern with respect to the Registrant offering services as an independent prescriber (IP).

  1. The Society further alleges that the Registrant is in breach of selected principles and obligations of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Conduct Ethics and Performance (2016) by reason of deficient professional performance.
  2. By the Registrant’s acts or omissions, it is alleged that she has (a) brought the profession into disrepute, (b) failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles and obligations set out above and (c) undermined public confidence in the profession.

This hearing will convene at 73 University Street, Belfast. The hearing is subject to Covid-19 guidelines and access to the public may be limited. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing, they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

This hearing was adjourned on 06 May 2022. This hearing will reconvene on Thursday 23rd June 2022 09:30am.

Liam Burns

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 10 and 11 February 2022 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant, Mr Liam Burns, Registration Number 2883.

Summary of allegations:

The particulars of the alleged misconduct from which it is alleged that impairment of fitness to practise arises are set out as follows, namely:

  1. On and between 3 November 2018 and 29 January 2020, the Registrant failed as superintendent of L Burns Limited to ensure that the Pharmacy Record at Burns Pharmacy, 100 Abbey Ring, Holywood BT18 9PF, was properly maintained pursuant to Section 72A(5) of the Medicines Act 1968 and Regulation 5 of the Medicines (Responsible Pharmacist) Regulations 2008.
  2. On and between 3 November 2018 and 29 January 2020, the Registrant failed to properly complete the Pharmacy Record at Burns Pharmacy, 100 Abbey Ring, Holywood BT18 9PF, pursuant to Section 72A(4) of the Medicines Act 1968 and Regulation 5 of the Medicines (Responsible Pharmacist) Regulations 2008.
  3. On various dates between 4 November 2015 and 24 December 2019, the Registrant administered influenza vaccinations to patients at Burns Pharmacy in the absence of a valid Patient Group Direction (PGD) in breach of Regulations 214(1) and 214(2), not being an exempt activity pursuant to Regulation 233, of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
  4. On various dates between in and around October 2017 and 24 December 2019, as superintendent, the Registrant caused allowed or permitted another pharmacist, namely Michelle Laverty, to administer influenza vaccinations to patients at Burns 2 Pharmacy in the absence of a valid Patient Group Direction (PGD) in breach of Regulations 214(1) and 214(2), not being an exempt activity pursuant to Regulation 233, of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
  5. For the purposes of paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended and regulation 26(11) of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, the following principles and obligations are regarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as relevant to the proceedings. Further, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland alleges that the Registrant is in breach of these principles and associated obligations by reason of the misconduct particularised above.
  6. For any particularised conduct which occurred before 1st March 2016, the following principles and standards (contained in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Ethics (2009)) are regarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as relevant to the proceedings:
  • The general principle of Registration as a Pharmacist that requires the Registrant to act to promote and maintain public confidence in the pharmacy profession.
  • Principle 1 – Make the safety and welfare of patients your prime concern and in particular obligations 1.1, 1.3.
  • Obligation 1.1 – Act in a manner that promotes wellbeing and safeguards the health and welfare of patients.
  • Obligation 1.3 – Ensure the provision of a high standard of professional service by you or those working under your direct supervision.
  • Principle 7 – Act with honesty and integrity and in particular obligations 7.1, 7.2 and 7.7
  • Obligation 7.1 – Maintain public trust and confidence in your profession by acting with honesty, integrity and professionalism.
  • Obligation 7.2 – Demonstrate high standards of personal and professional conduct at all times.
  • Obligation 7.7 – Honour commitments, agreements and arrangement of the provision of professional services.
  • Principle 8 – Provide a high standard of practice and care at all times and in particular obligations 8.8 and 8.10
  • Obligation 8.8 – Take all reasonable steps to ensure that both you and those you employ or supervise comply with all legal and professional requirements and best practice guidance.
  • Obligation 8.10 – Make sure that your actions do not prevent others from complying with their legal or professional obligations, or present a risk to patient care or public safety.
  1. For any particularised conduct which occurred on or after 1st March 2016, the following principles and standards (contained in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code (2016) are regarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as relevant to the proceedings:
  • The general principle of registration as a pharmacist that requires the Registrant to act to promote and maintain public confidence in the pharmacy profession.
  • Principle 2 – Provide a Safe and Quality Service
  • Standard 2.1 – Provide safe, effective and quality care
  • Standard 2.2 – Manage risk
  • Standard 2.3 – Record, store and process data clearly and accurately
  • Principle 3 – Act with professionalism and integrity at all times and in particular, standards 3.1 and 3.2
  • Standard 3.1 – Act with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Standard 3.1.1 – Adhere to accepted and acceptable standards of personal and professional conduct at all times both inside and outside the work environment.
  • Standard 3.1.2 – Maintain public trust and confidence in your profession by acting with honesty and integrity in your dealings with others. This applies to your professional, business and educational activities.
  • Standard 3.1.4 – Honour commitments, agreements and arrangements for the provision of professional services.
  • Standard 3.1.7 – Make sure that any documents you complete or sign are not false or misleading, or contain false or misleading information. Take all steps that are reasonably necessary to ensure that recorded information is correct and complete. Do not omit relevant information.
  • Principle 4 – Communicate effectively and work properly with colleagues and in particular, standard 4.4
  • Standard 4.4 – Supervise and delegate effectively.
  • Standard 4.4.3 – Ensure the provision of an acceptable and proper standard of professional service by you and those working under your direct supervision.
  • Standard 4.4.5 – Take all reasonable steps to ensure that those persons you employ, or supervise, comply with all legal and professional requirements and best practice guidance.
  1. By the Registrant’s acts or omissions, it is alleged that he has (a) brought the profession into disrepute, (b) failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles and obligations set out above and (c) undermined public confidence in the profession.

This hearing will convene remotely, using online technology. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk.

Michelle Laverty

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 10 and 11 February 2022 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant, Miss Michelle Laverty, Registration Number 4833.

Summary of allegations:

The particulars of the alleged misconduct from which it is alleged that impairment of fitness to practise arises are set out as follows, namely:

  1. On and between 3 November 2018 and 29 January 2020, the Registrant failed to properly complete the Pharmacy Record at Burns Pharmacy, 100 Abbey Ring, Holywood BT18 9PF, pursuant to a Section 72A(4) of the Medicines Act 1968 and Regulation 5 of the Medicines (Responsible Pharmacist) Regulations 2008.
  2. On various dates between in and around October 2017 and 24 December 2019, the Registrant administered influenza vaccinations to patients at Burns Pharmacy in the absence of a valid Patient Group Direction (PGD) in breach of Regulations 214(1) and 214(2), not being an exempt activity pursuant to Regulation 233, of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
  3. For the purposes of paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended and Regulation 26(11) of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, the following principles and obligations(contained in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Professional Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance for Pharmacists in Northern Ireland (2016)) are regarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as relevant to the proceedings. Further, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland alleges that the Registrant is in breach of these principles and associated obligations by reason of the misconduct particularised above.
  • The general principle of registration as a pharmacist that requires the Registrant to act to promote and maintain public confidence in the pharmacy profession.
  • Principle 2 – Provide a Safe and Quality Service
  • Standard 2.1 – Provide safe, effective and quality care.
  • Standard 2.2 – Manage risk.
  • Standard 2.3 – Record, store and process data clearly and accurately.
  • Principle 3 – Act with professionalism and integrity at all times and in particular, standard 3.1.
  • Standard 3.1 – Act with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Standard 3.1.1 – Adhere to accepted and acceptable standards of personal and professional conduct at all times both inside and outside the work environment.
  • Standard 3.1.2 – Maintain public trust and confidence in your profession by acting with honesty and integrity in your dealings with others. This applies to your professional, business and educational activities.
  • Standard 3.1.4 – Honour commitments, agreements and arrangements for the provision of professional services.
  • Standard 3.7 – Make sure that any documents you complete or sign are not false or misleading, or contain false or misleading information. Take all steps that are reasonably necessary to ensure that recorded information is correct and complete. Do not omit relevant information.
  • Principle 4 – Communicate effectively and work properly with colleagues and in particular, standard 4.4
  • Standard 4.4 – Supervise and delegate effectively.
  • Standard 4.4.3 – Ensure the provision of an acceptable and proper standard of professional service by you and those working under your direct supervision.
  1. By the Registrant’s acts or omissions, it is alleged that she has (a) brought the profession into disrepute, (b) failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles and obligations set out above and (c) undermined public confidence in the profession.

This hearing will convene remotely, using online technology. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

Hearings 2021

STATUTORY COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING

Seamus Strain

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 11th November 2021 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant Mr Seamus Strain Registration Number 2470:

The particulars of the alleged misconduct from which it is alleged that impairment of fitness to practise arises are set out as follows, namely:

  1. On and between 14 July 2020 and 22 September 2020, the Registrant as Superintendent of Camlough Pharmacy Limited caused, allowed or permitted Camlough Pharmacy, situate at 32A Main Street, Camlough, Newry, Co. Armagh, BT35 7JG, to operate as a retail pharmacy business from premises which were not registered in a Register maintained pursuant to Section 75 of the Medicines Act 1968.
  2. On and between 14 July 2020 and 22 September 2020, the Registrant sold or supplied medicinal products not subject to general sale, including controlled drugs, from an unregistered pharmacy, namely Camlough Pharmacy, situate at 32A Main Street, Camlough, Newry, Co. Armagh, BT35 7JG, in breach of Regulation 220 of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
  3. On and between 14 July 2020 and 22 September 2020, the Registrnat as Superintendent of Camlough Pharmacy Limited caused, allowed or permitted other registered pharmacists to sell or supply medicinal products not subject to general sale, including controlled drugs, from an unregistered pharmacy, namely Camlough Pharmacy, situate at 32A Main Street, Camlough, Newry, Co. Armagh, BT35 7JG in breach of Regulation 220 of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
  4. For the purposes of paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended and Regulation 26(11) of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, the following principles and obligations (contained in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Professional Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance for Pharmacists in Northern Ireland (2016)) are regarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as relevant to the proceedings. Further, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland alleges that the Registrant is in breach of these principles and associated obligations by reason of the misconduct particularised above.
  • The general principle of registration as a pharmacist that requires you to act to promote and maintain public confidence in the pharmacy profession.
  • Principle 2 – Provide a Safe and Quality Service and in particular, standard 2.1.
  • Standard 2.1 – Provide safe, effective and quality care
  • Standard 2.1.5 – Make sure that your actions do not prevent or inhibit others from complying with their legal or professional obligations.
  • Standard 2.1.6 – Ensure that you do not, whether by your actions or omissions, create a risk to patient care or public safety.
  • Standard 2.1.7 – Ensure that all professional activities undertaken by you, or under your control, are covered by appropriate professional indemnity arrangements.
  • Standard 2.1.12 – Ensure you are aware of and adhere to all relevant legislation, and all current standards and guidance which apply to your practice.
  • Principle 3 – Act with professionalism and integrity at all times and in particular, standard 3.1.
  • Standard 3.1 – Act with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Standard 3.1.1 – Adhere to accepted and acceptable standards of personal and professional conduct at all times both inside and outside the work environment.
  • Standard 3.1.4 – Honour commitments, agreements and arrangements for the provision of professional services.
  1. By the Registrant’s acts or omissions, it is alleged that he has (a) brought the profession into disrepute, (b) failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles and obligations set out above and (c) undermined public confidence in the profession.

This hearing will convene at 73 University Street, Belfast. The hearing is not directly open to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing, they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

Christopher Pennick

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 01 and 02 September 2021 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant Mr Christopher Pennick Registration Number 6911:

The particulars of the misconduct and the relevant police caution, from which it is alleged that impairment arises, are as follows:

Misconduct:

  1. On various unknown dates between 1st January 2016 and 15th January 2020 the registrant obtained and used testosterone, a prescription only medicine and a controlled drug listed within Schedule 4 Part II of The Misuse of Drugs Regulations (NI) 2002, other than in accordance with a prescription and administered it to himself other than under the supervision, and in accordance with the directions, of a doctor.

Police caution:

  1. On 3rd March 2021, the registrant attended Musgrave Police Station and accepted a police caution in relation to the following offence – that on 15th January 2020 he sold or supplied a Prescription Only Medicine, namely Sustanon, otherwise than in accordance with a prescription given by an appropriate practitioner, in contravention of Regulation 214(1) of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012, contrary to Regulation 255(1)(a) of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.

 

  1. For the purposes of paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended and Regulation 26(11) of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, the following principles and obligations (contained in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Professional Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance for Pharmacists in Northern Ireland (2016)) are regarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as relevant to the proceedings. Further, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland alleges that the registrant is in breach of these principles and associated obligations by reason of the misconduct and police caution particularised above.
  • The general principle of registration as a pharmacist that requires you to act to promote and maintain public confidence in the pharmacy profession.
  • Principle 2 – Provide a safe and quality service and, in particular, standard 2.1 and the associated obligations set out below.
  • Standard 2.1 – Provide safe, effective and quality care.
  • Standard 2.1.1 – Promote and ensure the safe, effective and rational use of medicines, medicinal products and therapies.
  • Standard 2.1.2 – Effectively control and manage the sale or supply of medicinal and related products paying particular attention to those with a potential for abuse or dependency.
  • Principle 3 – Act with professionalism and integrity at all times and, in particular, standard 3.1 and the associated obligations set out below.
  • Standard 3.1 – Act with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Standard 3.1.1 – Adhere to accepted and acceptable standards of personal and professional conduct at all times both inside and outside the work environment.
  • Standard 3.1.2 – Maintain public trust and confidence in your profession by acting with honesty and integrity in your dealings with others. This applies to your professional, business and educational activities.
  1. By his acts or omissions, it is alleged that the Registrant has (a) brought the profession into disrepute, (b) failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles and obligations set out above and (c) undermined public confidence in the profession.

This hearing will convene at 73 University Street, Belfast. The hearing is not directly open to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing, they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

 

Sian Corr

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 09, 10, and 11 June 2021 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant Ms Sian Corr, Registration Number 4311.

Summary of amended allegations:

The particulars of the alleged misconduct from which it is alleged that impairment of fitness to practise arises are set out as follows, namely:

  1. On various dates between 1st August 2017 and 6th February 2018, the Registrant supplied prescription only medication to herself except in accordance with a prescription given by an appropriate practitioner in contravention of Regulation 214 of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
  1. On various dates between 1st August 2017 and 6th February 2018, as a person conducting a retail pharmacy business, the Registrant failed to make, or cause to be made, an entry in a written or computerised record kept for that purpose of every sale and/or supply of a POM, in contravention of Regulation 253 of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
  1. On various dates between 1st August 2017 and 6th February 2018, the Registrant supplied prescription only medication to herself in a manner that was not open and transparent and was an abuse of her position as a pharmacist and by doing so failed to act with integrity.
  1. For the purposes of paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended and Regulation 26(11) of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, the following principles and obligations (contained in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Professional Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance for Pharmacists in Northern Ireland (2016)) are regarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as relevant to the proceedings. Further, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland alleges that the Registrant is in breach of these principles and associated obligations by reason of the misconduct particularised above.

The general principle of registration as a pharmacist that requires you to act to promote and maintain public confidence in the pharmacy profession.

Principle 3 – Act with professionalism and integrity at all times and, in particular, standard 3.1 and the associated obligations set out below.

Standard 3.1 – Act with honesty and integrity at all times.

Standard 3.1.1 – Adhere to accepted and acceptable standards of personal and professional conduct at all times both inside and outside the work environment.

Standard 3.1.2 – Maintain public trust and confidence in your profession by acting with honesty and integrity in your dealings with others. This applies to your professional, business and educational activities.

Standard 3.1.7 – Make sure that any documents you complete or sign are not false or misleading, or contain false or misleading information. Take all steps that are reasonably necessary to ensure that recorded information is correct and complete. Do not omit relevant information.

  1. By her acts or omissions, it is alleged that the Registrant has (a) brought the profession into disrepute, (b) failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles and obligations set out above and (c) undermined public confidence in the profession.

This hearing will convene remotely, using online technology. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

Brigdgeen Regan

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 18 and 19 January 2021 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant, Ms Bridgeen Regan Registration Number 5672.

Summary of allegations:

The particulars of the alleged misconduct from which it is alleged that impairment of fitness to practise arises are set out as follows, namely:

  1. In and around January 2019, the Registrant submitted a pharmaceutical care plan to Pharmacist A, a Practice Supervisor, in Altnagelvin Hospital as part of the assessment process for the Foundation Programme for Pharmacists run by the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD) which was found to contain content similar to or copied from a former student of the Foundation Programme, namely Pharmacist A.
  1. The Registrant’s actions as described at paragraphs 1 were dishonest in that (a) the registrant knew, or must have known, that the pharmaceutical care plan was not wholly her own work; and (b) by submitting the pharmaceutical care plan for assessment, the Registrant knew, or must have known, that she was claiming that the content was wholly her own work.
  1. For the purposes of paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended and Regulation 26(11) of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, the following principles and obligations (contained in the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Professional Standards of Conduct, Ethics and Performance for Pharmacists in Northern Ireland (2016)) are regarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland as relevant to the proceedings. Further, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland alleges that the Registrant is in breach of these principles and associated obligations by reason of the misconduct particularised above.
  • The general principle of registration as a pharmacist that requires a Registrant to act to promote and maintain public confidence in the pharmacy profession.
  • Principle 3 – Act with professionalism and integrity at all times and, in particular, standard 1 and the associated obligations set out below.
  • Standard 3.1 – Act with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Standard 3.1.1 – Adhere to accepted and acceptable standards of personal and professional conduct at all times both inside and outside the work environment.
  • Standard 3.1.2 – Maintain public trust and confidence in your profession by acting with honesty and integrity in your dealings with others. This applies to your professional, business and educational activities.
  • Standard 3.1.7 – Make sure that any documents you complete or sign are not false or misleading, or contain false or misleading information. Take all steps that are reasonably necessary to ensure that recorded information is correct and complete. Do not omit relevant information.
  1. By the Registrant’s acts or omissions, it is alleged that she has (a) brought the profession into disrepute, (b) failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles and obligations set out above and (c) undermined public confidence in the profession.

This hearing will convene remotely, using online technology. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

Hearings 2020

STATUTORY COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING

Heather Trueick 

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 13 and 14 October 2020 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant, Heather Trueick, Registration Number 2448 R.

Summary of allegations:

That the Registrant, as a director of Wynrose Limited, and holding the role of superintendent pharmacist for that company, and having effective control over the business:

  1. On or between 22nd July 2012 and 22nd September 2016, having taken on pre-registration trainees, failed to ensure that the business was organised or operated in such a way that the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s requirements and conditions for pre-registration training were adhered to and observed.
  2. On or between 22nd July 2012 and 22nd September 2016, managed the business in such a way that trainees were not placed with accredited tutors in accordance with the Standards for Pre-Registration Training (July 2012), adversely impacting the ability of the designated tutors to properly carry out their function.
  3. On or between 22nd July 2012 and 22nd September 2016, managed the business in such a way that trainees, tutors and the employer were not able to comply with the Standards for Pre-Registration Training (July 2012), thereby undermining the pre-registration training programme.
  4. On or between 22nd July 2012 and 22nd September 2016, actively assisted, facilitated and allowed the prescribed standards for pre-registration training to be breached.
  5. Fundamentally failed in her duty to Trainee A, in the supply and provision of a placement for the purposes of providing pre-registration training, causing harm to him and in particular that he was required to undertake additional training in order to validate his pre-registration training.
  6. Fundamentally failed in her duty to Trainee B, in the supply and provision of a placement for the purposes of providing pre-registration training, causing harm to him and in particular that he was required to undertake additional training in order to validate his pre-registration training.
  7. On and between 31st July 2014 and 11th May 2015, failed to properly or adequately respond to, or address, concerns expressed to the Registrant by Trainee C that Tutor A should have been working with him on a full time basis as tutor and that he was not.
  8. Knowing that the pre-registration training arrangements for Trainee C were not adequate and did not comply with the Standards for Pre-Registration Training (July 2012), the Registrant wrongly assured Trainee C that the arrangements were adequate and allowed the situation to continue.
  9. On and between 6th July 2015 and 22nd September 2016, failed to properly or adequately respond to, or address, concerns expressed to the Registrant, whether by Trainee D or Tutor B, about the pre-registration training arrangements for Trainee D.
  10. Knowing that the pre-registration training arrangements for Trainee D were not adequate and did not comply with the Standards for Pre-Registration Training (July 2012), the Registrant continued to place Trainee D in Campbell’s Pharmacy rather than McFadden’s Pharmacy as requested by his designated tutor, Tutor B , in breach of the Standards for Pre-Registration Training (July 2012).
  11. On and between 14th April 2019 and 1st May 2019, the Registrant failed as superintendent of Wynrose Limited to ensure that the Pharmacy Record at Rosetta Pharmacy was properly maintained pursuant to Section 72A(5) of the Medicines Act 1968.
  12. On 2nd May 2019, the Registrant caused, allowed or permitted prescription medication to be dispensed from Rosetta Pharmacy other than under the control and supervision of a pharmacist as the dispensing occurred at a point in time when the pharmacy notified as being closed due to the unavailability a pharmacist.
  13. On 24th May 2019, other than under the control and supervision of a pharmacist, the Registrant caused, allowed or permitted deliveries of medicines (namely and in particular controlled drugs and prescription only medication) to be received at Rosetta Pharmacy.
  14. The Society further alleges that the Registrant is in breach of selected principles and obligations of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Conduct Ethics and Performance (2016) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Ethics (2009), by reason of misconduct.
  15. By the Registrant’s acts and / or omissions, it is alleged that she has:
  • created a risk to the safety of patients,
  • brought the profession into disrepute,
  • failed to maintain public trust and confidence in your profession
  • failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles set out above, and
  • failed to demonstrate honesty, integrity and professionalism.

This hearing will convene remotely, using online technology, on Tuesday 13 October and Wednesday 14 October 2020. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee: peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

This hearing was adjourned on Wednesday 14 October 2020 and will reconvene on Friday 16 October 2020, 09:30am.

Link to Statutory Committee determination

STATUTORY COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING 

Michelle McCorry

The Statutory Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of NI will meet on 21 September 2020 to consider allegations of impairment in relation to the Registrant Michelle McCorry, Registration Number 3276 IP R.

Summary of allegations:

  1. On and between 17 September 2018 and 10 May 2019, the registrant’s professional performance was deficient, pursuant to Paragraph 4(1)(b) of Schedule 3 to the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976.

Particulars of deficient professional performance are as follows:

  • A review of 9 incident reports at Donaghadee Health Centre, Donaghadee relating to patients dealt with by the registrant revealed errors and competence issues;
  • A review of 63 patients dealt with by the registrant at Loughview Medical Centre, Kircubbin revealed 43 examples demonstrating errors and competence issues;
  • Potential or actual patient safety issues were identified;
  • Errors were detected with the registrant’s practice as a GP practice based pharmacist with such frequency and to such an extent that basic competencies expected of a practice based pharmacist were lacking. In particular, it is alleged that the registrant –
  • failed to adhere to the basic principles of medication reconciliation in accordance with training and guidance;
  • failed to adhere to a medicines reconciliation agreement between the registrant and the GP practice;
  • made basic errors in relation to the supply of medication and the provision of pharmaceutical services;
  • failed to display sufficient competence to practise as a practice based pharmacist; and
  • failed to report near misses and adverse incidents, as required.
  • Taken individually and collectively, the errors and competence issues detected have given rise to a cumulative concern about the registrant’s ability to practise safely and effectively as a pharmacist; and
  • Particular concerns are extant with respect to the registrant practising as a pharmacist within a GP practice based setting and offering services as an independent prescriber (IP).
  1. The Society further alleges that the Registrant is in breach of selected principles and obligations of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland’s Code of Conduct Ethics and Performance (2016) by reason of deficient professional performance.
  2. By her deficient professional performance, it is alleged that the registrant has:
  • created a risk to the safety of patients;
  • brought the profession into disrepute;
  • failed to maintain public trust and confidence in her profession; and
  • failed, on a professional basis, to observe the principles set out above,

This hearing will convene remotely, using online technology, on Monday 21 September 2020. If a member of the public has an inquiry about this hearing they should contact the Secretary to the Statutory Committee:  peter.hutchinson@psni.org.uk

Link to Statutory Committee determination