Who we are
The Irish Pharmacy Union
About the IPU
The Irish Pharmacy Union is the professional, representative organisation for community pharmacists in Ireland. Our vision is to be the authoritative voice of community pharmacy and the driving force in the evolution of accessible, equitable and patient-focused primary healthcare.
The IPU exists to:
– Advocate, advance and protect the role of the pharmacist at the centre of primary healthcare;
– Value and demonstrate the contribution pharmacy makes to our patients and communities;
– Promote, challenge and support our profession to embrace opportunity;
– Cherish our heritage and traditions; and
– Mentor the next generation of pharmacists.
The IPU supports pharmacists’ professional and service development through education and training courses, to enhance their knowledge as a pharmacist, and by advocating for extended professional roles for community pharmacy. In addition, we support members in dealing with PSI inspections, Fitness to Practise, HSE PCRS queries and any other issues that arise. We make ongoing representations to the Department of Health (DoH), HPRA, HSE/PCRS, PSI and other bodies on behalf of members.
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About IPU COMMITEES
The Executive Committee has overall responsibility for all aspects of policy and management of the IPU. The other national committees report to the Executive Committee.
Pharmacy Contractors’ Committee (PCC)
The PCC is responsible for engaging and negotiating with the HSE on the terms and agreements of the pharmacy contract. Individual pharmacists hold contracts with the HSE for the delivery of the community drugs schemes on behalf of the State. The PCC oversees the implementation of programmes and initiatives that are developed under the terms of the contract. The mission statement of the PCC is: “Advocating and negotiating on behalf of community pharmacy contractors with Government and its agencies to secure fair remuneration and equitable contractual terms for the delivery of services to patients.”
Community Pharmacy Committee (CPC)
The CPC works to serve and support community pharmacists in their practices and to promote and expand their role as pharmacists by continually developing professional, ethical, business and technological ideals and standards. This committee is responsible for the promotion and development of the profession, the development of the business policy, training and IT agenda.
Employee Pharmacists’ Committee (EPC)
The EPC represents the growing number of community pharmacy employees in Ireland. Employee pharmacists also elect representatives onto the Executive Committee and the Community Pharmacy Committee. The mission of the EPC is “to foster an active and dynamic Employee Pharmacists’ Committee which actively promotes the professional and economic interests of employee pharmacists and constructively engages with the other Committees of the IPU and with our stakeholders.”
Eoghan Hanly was elected as President to the IPU by the Executive Committee and took up the position at the 2020 AGM on 8 October 2020. He was previously Vice-President of the IPU after being elected on 29 April 2018. Eoghan Hanly was also the Chairperson of the IPU Pharmacy Contractors’ Committee and had been a regional representative of the IPU since 2007. Eoghan was elected to the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in 2009 where he served on various committees. He was elected as Vice-President of the PSI from 2011-2013 and was President from 2013-2014. Eoghan qualified with a BSc. Degree in Pharmacy from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 1995. He has been working as the Supervising and Superintendent Pharmacist in Killian’s Pharmacy since 1996.
Dermot was elected Vice-President of the IPU at the IPU AGM on 8 October 2020 and is also the current Chair of the Pharmacy Contractors’ Committee. Dermot is a director of Youghal Pharmacy, a past Treasurer of the Irish Pharmacy Union, former board member of ICCPE and a former Chairman of the Joint Consultative Group of the IPU, which meets with the HSE on a regular basis. He has served on the IT steering group of the IPU and on the exam review board of the IIOP, as well as helping to develop Practice Review for implementation in Community Pharmacy in Ireland.
Dermot graduated with a first class honours degree from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 1995 and completed his pre-registration year in a progressive community pharmacy in Glasgow. He purchased a pharmacy in Cloyne, Co Cork, and has expanded it four times in the past 19 years. In response to customer demand, he opened the first community pharmacy-based warfarin clinic in Ireland in early 2010. The work of the clinic has been acknowledged in Dermot receiving awards such as Community Pharmacist and overall winner of the Pharmacist of the Year in 2011, as well as international recognition at the QIC Anticoagulation Awards in London in 2014.