Click to see what President Cliff McElhinney has to say about the #PIFAwards

Time and time again, community pharmacy is referred to as the first ‘port of call’ for the public to present with
healthcare issues. Yet, time and time again, community pharmacy is denied the funding to provide the services that it is perfectly placed to deliver but not reimbursed for doing so.

Having said that, the Pharmacy in Focus Awards provide an annual opportunity to showcase and highlight the good and the great from our sector. From superbly innovative projects to state-of-the-art technological advances, the awards show exactly what community pharmacy is not only capable of, but is currently providing on a daily basis to its local communities. The event, which was held on Saturday 28 January at the Crowne Plaza at Shaw’s bridge in Belfast, was hosted by Q radio’s Stephen Clements and local celebrity, Zoe Salmon.

More than 500 industry professionals were not only blown away by the fantastic dinner and the great entertainment provided by Peter Corry, but by the achievements of community pharmacists across the province. the UCA President’s ball and Pharmacy in Focus awards attracted some of the sector’s most influential figures, including Chief Pharmaceutical officer, Dr Mark Timoney, as well as Paula Bradshaw MLA, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Leyla Hannbeck Chief Pharmacist with the NPA .

Thanks must go to the award partners, Sangers AAH, Alliance Healthcare and Numark, and also to the category sponsors: Numark, Alliance Healthcare, Wockhardt UK, McLernon Computers, Bank of Ireland (UK), Actavis UK, Teva UK, EMIS Health and Ulster Bank. Associated sponsorship was also provided by Medicon Ireland, NPA, Consilient Health, Lexon UK, Fujifilm and Charles Hurst Jaguar Landrover. This year’s awards attracted some new supporters, namely IDIS and Water Wipes.

Click to see what the #PIFAwards judges had to say

Major thanks are also due to the prestigious judging panel, who went above and beyond the call of duty in choosing the night’s winners.

The evening kicked off with a presentation by the UCA President, Cliff McElhinney, who not only welcomed guests to the event, but reminded them of a very special anniversary  ‘ten years ago my pharmacy won the first ever Pharmacy in Focus Award,’ Cliff told the attendees. ‘at that event none of us attending, including myself, could have foreseen just how big an event this would become and how important it would become to community pharmacy.

This annual event is always very popular in the pharmacy social calendar. It highlights and celebrates the high standard of pharmaceutical care that community pharmacy in northern Ireland affords the public and the department of health and social care.




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