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Interested in appointment to our Disciplinary Committee panel?

April 05, 2019

As part of our role to protect the public, the PSI requires independent people to sit on Disciplinary Committees to make decisions on the complaints that we receive about pharmacists and pharmacies. It is important that the committees are made up of a range of people with different experiences and backgrounds, who can contribute to this particular area of our work.

We are creating a panel to fill the vacancies on our Disciplinary Committees over the next few years. We are asking people to consider their interest in this type of appointment, where you will have the opportunity to contribute to public service and provide patient benefit, and we invite applications to the panel.

About PSI and its Disciplinary Committees

In Ireland, it is estimated that two million visits are made to pharmacies each month. The majority of people have high levels of trust and confidence in their pharmacist and pharmacy, but errors do happen, medicines are complex, and concerns can arise about the care or treatment that is received from a pharmacist or pharmacy. When this happens, the PSI – the pharmacy regulator —is responsible for receiving and handling fitness to practise complaints from any member of the public about a registered pharmacist or pharmacy.

The PSI has three Disciplinary Committees that are involved in considering a complaint at different stages in the official complaints process. The complaints process is a legal process and the work required of the committees is also set out in law, in the Pharmacy Act 2007.  Aside from a requirement to have some registered pharmacists on the committees, no particular qualification is needed. Equally, there is no need to have participated in committees or public bodies like this previously.  It is important that committee members bring appropriate experience, knowledge and ability to the work of the committee. Applicants for committee appointments are asked to describe how they meet the competencies that are needed of committee members. This includes:

  • commitment to public protection,
  • able to work effectively with others,
  • able to analyse detailed information and reach reasoned and clear decisions,
  • understanding or interest in regulatory or legislative environments,
  • able to work within legal frameworks and rules,
  • understanding and valuing diversity and fair treatment.

Training is provided by the PSI for Disciplinary Committee members once appointed. Committees members are entitled to a fee for their work.

How to apply

If you are interested in the work of these committees, please consider this information booklet with details about the committees, their work, requirements and the commitments for committee members.

If you wish to apply to be part of the Disciplinary Committee panel, please complete this application form. Only applications submitted on this form will be accepted, and no additional material should be provided at this time. Applications should be returned to the PSI by 5pm on Friday, 26 April 2019. You can email completed application forms with the subject line Disciplinary Committee Panel Application to eanna.olochlainn@psi.ie. Alternatively, it can be sent by post to: Disciplinary Committee Panel Application, PSI- the pharmacy regulator, PSI House, 15-19 Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD72.

The information booklet describes the selection and appointment process to the panel and to committees. A panel will be created from the successful applications received. This panel will be called on when committee vacancies arise, and the panel will be in place from summer 2019 until December 2021. The PSI is committed to ensuring diversity and inclusivity across its panel members. Appointments to the committees are subject to the approval of the PSI Council.

Information session

We will hold an information session about the role of the committees on Tuesday, 16 April at 5pm. There will be representatives of PSI available to answer any queries you have. Please email us to let us know if you plan to attend. You can also phone us on 01 218 4000 to speak to a member of our fitness to practise/legal team if it is useful.

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