Archive 2016

Dr Ann Frankish re-appointed as PSI Council President

July 07, 2016

The Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), the pharmacy regulator, has today re-elected Dr Ann Frankish as President. Rory O’Donnell has been elected as the new Vice-President of the Council.

Ann was initially elected President of the PSI Council in June 2015 and will now serve a further one-year term. She has also previously served as Vice-President and has been a member of the Council for many years. Ann has had a long career in pharmacy, in a variety of settings, with 26 years as Chief Pharmacist in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. She has more recently taken up a role in the pharmaceutical industry.

Rory O’Donnell is a community pharmacist with a pharmacy in Gweedore, Co. Donegal.  He qualified in pharmacy from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and holds a Science degree from Trinity College Dublin, as well as a diploma in Diabetes Management. He has undertaken professional development with the Irish Management Institute and the Institute of Directors in Ireland.  He served as President of the Irish Pharmacy Union from 2012-2014 and recently completed a term as President of the Pharmacy Benevolent Fund.  He is currently Chairman of hmR Ireland. Rory was appointed to the PSI Council in 2015.

Both commence their respective roles immediately and will continue, with the Council, to oversee substantial projects for the remainder of 2016, including the development of the requisite training standards and supports to facilitate pharmacists in the delivery of new vaccination services and the provision of emergency medicines under new legislation; the output of research from the Future Pharmacy Practice Project, considering a cost-effective and beneficial direction for the future of pharmacy in the interest of both patients and the health service; the roll out of a self-assessment system for pharmacies as part of a changing inspection policy; and the publication of a Patient Charter to create greater understanding of the role of pharmacists and what patients can expect from them.

The PSI is governed by a 21-member Council with a non-pharmacist majority. All appointments to the Council are made by the Minister for Health. The role and responsibilities of the PSI, and all ongoing projects, can be found on this website.

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