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24th April 2015

Call for Expressions of Interest for Membership of PSI Disciplinary Committees

The PSI is seeking Expressions of Interest from pharmacists (including shareholders, directors and sole traders), and non-pharmacists who wish to sit on PSI disciplinary committees to make decisions about complaints made to the PSI against pharmacists, pharmacy owners and retail pharmacy businesses.

General
There are three disciplinary committees as follows:
1. The Preliminary Proceedings Committee: which hears complaints at the screening stage and advises the Council of the PSI as to whether there is sufficient cause to warrant further action.
2. The Professional Conduct Committee: which hears complaints which have been referred forward for inquiry, primarily on grounds of professional misconduct or poor professional performance; and
3. The Health Committee: which hears complaints which have been referred forward for inquiry, usually on grounds of inability to practise due to health impairment.

The PSI wishes to appoint individuals to participate in the work of these disciplinary committees. Members of the Preliminary Proceedings Committee attend all meetings that they are available to attend. Members of the Professional Conduct Committee and the Health Committee are not expected to participate in every hearing.

Key Attributes

The key attributes and experience required by disciplinary committee members are outlined in the Competency Framework for Disciplinary Committees.

These are as follows:

1.
Ability to understand all relevant laws and procedures;
2. An understanding of the PSI complaints process and the functions of the PSI as a regulatory body;
3. Ability to work in a team and in a collaborative and professional manner;
4. Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills;
5. Sound judgement and decision making;
6. Commitment and reliability;
7. Integrity, impartiality and respect;
8. An appreciation of the importance of maintaining confidentiality;
9. IT literacy.

It is not expected that any one individual committee member will possess all of these core competencies to the same degree. However, it is important that the competencies of each committee as a whole, rather than individually, meet the requirements set out in the framework. All committee members will be required to undertake training prior to their first sitting on the committee.

Remuneration
Committee members are paid a rate of €322 per diem. Committee members will also be required to attend training days which are remunerated at a rate of €300 per day, and €150 per half day. All reasonable vouched expenses are discharged in line with PSI policy. Committee members who are public or civil servants do not qualify for remuneration.

Submission of Expressions of Interest
Suitably qualified individuals are invited to register their interest by email to info@psi.ie by Monday, 18th May 2015. Please mark the subject as ‘Committee of Inquiry Expression of Interest’.

Please provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter, including an outline of specific examples of the qualifications, experience and attributes you possess which indicate your suitability for the position.

All applications received will be reviewed and information received will be treated confidentially. Appointment to a disciplinary committee is subject to the approval of the PSI Council.

It is hoped to create a panel of individuals who might be called on when additional Committee vacancies arise.

Call for Expressions of Interest for Appointment to a Panel of Experts

The PSI is seeking Expressions of Interest from pharmacists who wish to participate in PSI work by sitting on a panel of experts in relation to fitness to practise matters and providing reports and giving evidence as required.

General
The role of the expert witness in the context of the operation of the Pharmacy Act 2007 is to provide an independent opinion to a committee of inquiry (the Professional Conduct Committee or the Health Committee) in relation to the matters complained of, with such opinion informed by their qualifications and experience in pharmacy practice. Whilst the expert witness is instructed by the Registrar of the PSI, the expert is entirely independent and the expert’s duty is to the committee of inquiry, not to the Registrar.

Before an inquiry, the expert witness receives a brief from the PSI solicitors regarding the complaint being considered, namely, specified allegations of primarily professional misconduct or poor professional performance. The expert must then:
1. review the material provided;
2. form an opinion as to whether, in his or her view, there would be professional misconduct or poor professional performance, if facts as alleged are proved to be true;
3. write an expert report to that effect.

The expert report is a key element of preparation for inquiry and the expert will almost always be required to attend the inquiry and give oral evidence.

Key Attributes
The key attributes and experience required by an expert witness are:

1. Ability to understand all relevant laws and procedures;
2. Understanding of the disciplinary functions of the PSI and the PSI obligation to protect the public and maintain public confidence in the regulatory system and in the pharmacy profession;
3. Excellent written and oral communication skills;
4. Sound judgement and decision-making ability in order to provide objective and reasoned decisions;
5. Ability to form and maintain an independent view in relation to one’s peers, including, as it may arise, a view that peers have acted inappropriately;
6.Ability to analyse detailed written submissions and to write a clear, precise, reasoned and easily understood analysis of the matter;
7. Excellent oral presentation skills and ability to present opinion clearly and concisely and to respond well to searching cross-examination;
8. Ability to authenticate expertise with verifiable experience and recognised academic qualifications;
9. A demeanour that is likely to inspire confidence;
10. Be a registered pharmacist practising in Ireland with at least 10 years’ post-registration experience.

Expert witnesses should behave with integrity, impartiality and respect and maintain the confidentiality of all information provided to them in the course of their work as an expert witness, both during and after the process.

Remuneration
Expert witnesses are remunerated for provision of an expert report and attendance at all meetings/inquiries. Remuneration is by agreement on a case by case basis and is reflective of the work done. All reasonable vouched expenses are discharged in line with PSI policy.

Submission of Expressions of Interest
Suitably qualified individuals are invited to register their interest by email to info@psi.ie by Monday, 18th May 2015. Please mark the subject as ‘Expert Panel Expression of Interest’.
  
Please provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter, including the following:
1. Academic Qualifications;
2. Career History (including current work responsibilities);
3. Details of any awards received;
4. Details of any teaching experience;
5. Research interests and publications (if any);
6. Membership of any committees/groups;
7. Specific examples of the qualifications, experience and attributes you possess which meet the key attributes outlined above, and which indicate your suitability for the position.

All applications received will be reviewed and information received will be treated confidentially. Appointment to the panel is at the discretion of the PSI.

Further Information: Find out more about the PSI's disciplinary process.

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