Emerging Risks to the Future Pharmacy Workforce

We are aware through our work and engagement with stakeholders of increasing concerns about the availability of the pharmacist workforce in patient-facing roles in Ireland. Although the PSI is not involved in the recruitment of pharmacists, as the pharmacy regulator we have made a strategic commitment to examining the issue of the continued availability of a professional workforce so that pharmacy may continue to meet patient needs and play a full role in the development of an integrated healthcare system, with the expectation of increased demands on the health service and healthcare provision by pharmacists and pharmacies. Our Corporate Strategy 2021-2023 and our Service Plan for 2022 include our commitment to this project.

Our work aims to assess emerging risks to the continued availability of a professional pharmacy workforce within community and hospital pharmacy in Ireland. The project is taking a medium to long-term view of this matter and will run across 2022-2023.

This is a complex issue with many contributing factors and multiple stakeholders. Workforce challenges are being experienced across health systems in Ireland and abroad. However, robust pharmacy workforce data for Ireland is needed to support decisions and inform recommendations that can be proposed to address Ireland’s needs for the pharmacist workforce in the future, as Ireland’s healthcare system evolves.

To assist and support us in the delivery of this important strategic project we will: 

  • Commission external support with expertise in workforce planning 
  • Consult with a range of stakeholders, including members of the profession, to help inform our work on the project 
  • Present recommended actions to the PSI Council for its consideration 

We will update this page as further information becomes available.

This page was updated on 12 August 2022.