News: Current News

8th All Ireland Pharmacy Conference

20 June 2017

The 8th All Ireland Pharmacy Healthcare Conference will take place on 17th October 2017 in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk.

Delegates can register for the conference and pay the delegate fee £40 (€45) below.

Advanced practice framework information evening

9 March 2017

Riddel Hall, 23rd Match 2017 from 7-9pm

The RPS Faculty Advanced Practice Framework is derived from the Advanced to Consultant Level (ACLF) Framework, and increasingly is being adopted as the international standard against which pharmacists should develop themselves.

This information evening will enable pharmacists to use this framework to document and demonstrate their advanced professional practice.

There is no obligation to join the RPS or submit a portfolio for assessment. However, if you decide that you would be interested in submitting to the Faculty, or in developing yourself further as an Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner, NICPLD will be offering a number of support workshops for pharmacists from April - June 2017.

If you would like to attend this information evening, please register on the NICPLD website under pharmacist workshops.


An Exciting Opportunity for Pharmacy Leadership Development across Ireland

9 March 2017

Pharmacy Management is seeking to support The Medicines Optimisation Quality Framework for Northern Ireland by helping address the need for clinical pharmacy leadership.

This leadership programme runs over 18 months and full details are provided in the attached brochure, which provide prospective delegates with details of programme content, timings and costs.

Download the course brochure

February E-news

23 February 2017

The February e-news from NICPLD is now available.

The 8th All Ireland Pharmacy Healthcare Conference will take place on 16/17 October 2017 in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk and a link is provided to enable you to submit your abstract online. This edition also focuses on programmes to support technician development and pharmacists working in primary care.

Information is provided on the next Return to Practice programme and those considering participating should register their interest by contacting the NICPLD office. We will be accepting CPD grant applications from 1 April 2017 and there will be an information evening on 23rd March 2017 for those interested in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Faculty Advanced Practice framework, which developed from the original advanced to consultant level framework.

Christmas and New Year closure

21 December 2016

NICPLD will be closed on 23rd December 2016 and will reopen on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

November E-news

10 November 2016

The November e-news from NICPLD is now available and can be downloaded here.

This edition introduces Jo Sutton, our new Lead for Technician Training and provides an update on the post-qualification programmes available to pharmacy technicians.

Additionally, we focus on independent prescribing, practice pharmacists and other courses to support healthcare strategy announced recently by the Health Minister.

 

Job opportunity at NICPLD

15 September 2016

The Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD) is seeking to appoint a Lead for the Community Pharmacy Foundation Programme. This 0.5 WTE post is available until 31 July 2018 (in the first instance) and will manage and lead the planning, implementation and evaluation of a national foundation programme for newly or recently qualified community pharmacists.

Full details of this post can be found at: https://hrwebapp.qub.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=89232578AC&WVID=6273090Lgx&LANG=USA

Practice-based pharmacists

30 August 2016

The HSC Leadership Centre is currently recruiting both Lead and Practice Based Pharmacists for GP Federations in the North Belfast, South Belfast, Lisburn, North Down, Craigavon, Armagh and Dungannon.

In addition, a Lead Practice Based Pharmacist is being sought for both Derry/Londonderry and Down (half-time).

Closing date for completed applications is 9th September 2016 and it is anticipated that interviews will take place between 3-14th October 2016.

For more information and to apply go to http://v1.hscrecruit.com/JobSearch.aspx?_CatID=all&_OrgID=all&_Keywords=pharmacist

September - December programme

4 August 2016

The new Live and Distance Learning programme for September - December 2016 has been sent to all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Online enrolment for workshops in the new programme is now available via the NICPLD website.

June eNews

20 June 2016

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This edition provides an overview of the education programmes and their uptake in 2015/16. There has been a continuous increase in programme uptake over the last 24 years and without additional funding it is not possible to go on meeting the increasing demand. It is, therefore, with reluctance that the Department of Health, NICPLD and Committee for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education and Training have decided it necessary to discontinue locum and travel payments for community pharmacists from 1 August 2016.

We also focus on training to support roll-out of the practice-based pharmacist initiative. Recruitment is now starting for the foundation, advanced practice and independent pharmacist prescribing programmes.

Download the June 2016 eNews

CPD grants

6 April 2016

NICPLD is now accepting applications for CPD grants, which should be submitted online via www.nicpld.org. Applications submitted by Friday 27th May 2016 will be reviewed at the committee meeting in June 2016.

February eNews

9 February 2016

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The February e-news from NICPLD is now available.

This edition highlights new elearning courses on minor ailments, mental health and reporting adverse incidents in community pharmacy. We also focus on the programmes to support pharmacists working, or intending to work, in general practice and include important information on accredited training for technicians and pharmacists. The advanced practice development programme will start in April 2016 and this will be particularly useful to pharmacists considering applying to join the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Download the February 2016 eNews

Independent prescribing

1 September 2015

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Application forms and details associated with the independent prescribing course beginning in April 2016 are now available.

Applications are being accepted from 1st September 2015 and the closing date for applications is Friday 6th November 2015.

See for more details.

June eNews

25 June 2015

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The June e-news from NICPLD is now available to download.

This edition reviews the uptake of NICPLD programmes during 2014/15. Also highlighted are forthcoming training opportunities that include the Foundation, Advanced Practice and Pharmacist Independent Prescribing programmes.

New suites of elearning covering Women's Health and Respiratory Disease are now available to study on the NICPLD website.

Download the June 2015 eNews

Conference proceedings

9 February 2015

Proceedings of the 7th All Ireland Pharmacy Healthcare Conference, which took place on 26th and 27th January 2015 in Dundalk, are now available to download as a PDF.

Click here to download.

COMPASS therapeutic notes

21 January 2015

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The latest edition of COMPASS therapeutic notes, entitled Management of Gastro-intestinal Disorders, is now available on the NICPLD website.

Once you have completed your study of COMPASS, MCQs for this edition are available in the course listing. Don't forget, to access the MCQs you must login using your username and password.

January eNews

5 January 2015

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The January e-news from NICPLD is now available to download. This edition highlights three new elearning courses on Patient Safety, together with additional features that have been added to our elearning courses.

We also focus on the Medicines Management Accredited Programme (MMAP) for pharmacy technicians in secondary care which will launch in April 2015.

The next return to practice course will run in September 2015 and you can register your interest in this course by contacting the NICPLD office.

Christmas and New Year holiday

22 December 2014

The NICPLD office will close on Tuesday 22nd December 2014 and reopen on Monday 5th January 2015.

Patient safety courses

1 December 2014

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Three new courses are available which supports patient safety: high-risk medicines; medical calculations; medication incidents. These courses replace the course on Improving medicines safety.

The course on medical calculations has been greatly expanded, providing examples of different types of medicines-related calculations commonly encountered in the clinical setting . All courses are available on the NICPLD website.

7th All Ireland Pharmacy Conference - call for delegates

24 October 2014

The 7th All Ireland Pharmacy conference will take place on 27th January 2015 in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel. Almost 120 abstracts have been accepted for presentation under the categories of antimicrobial stewardship, care of the elderly, leading practice, medicines management and workforce development.

Those who wish to attend the conference should complete the application form on the attached Call for Delegates and return it to NICPLD, along with a cheque for £40 made payable to Queen’s University Belfast.

The main author from each poster and oral presentation have been contacted separately and do not need to reply using this Call for Delegates application.

To download the Call for Delegates form click here.

July Holidays

11 July 2014

The NICPLD office will be closed on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th July 2014 and will reopen on Wednesday 16th July 2014.

7th All Ireland Pharmacy Healthcare Conference

9 July 2014

The 7th All Ireland Pharmacy Conference will take place on 26th and 27th January 2015 in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk.

Abstracts are invited that deal with a broad range of pharmacy practice, including (but not limited to) collaborative initiatives, innovation, medicines management, medicines safety, service development.

To download further conference details click here.

Pharmaceutical care of people with dementia

3 July 2014

The distance learning course, Pharmaceutical care of people with dementia, is now available to order on the NICPLD website.

This course, which provides 10 hours of learning, aims to equip learners to deliver an effective service to patients with dementia, and to their families and carers.

Independent prescribing

2 July 2014

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Application forms and details associated with the independent prescribing course beginning in April 2015 are now available.

Applications will be accepted from 1st September 2014 and the closing date for applications is Friday 7th November 2014.

Updated course on diabetes

20 June 2014

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An updated version of the elearning course, Evidence-based management of diabetes, is now available on the NICPLD website.

This eight-module course, worth 16 hours of learning, aims to provide health professionals with the knowledge to deliver evidence-based care to patients with diabetes.

May e-news

27 May 2014

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The May e-news from NICPLD is now available to download. This edition highlights important changes to the ACPT programme which have been implemented as a result of changes to the Nationally Recognised Competency Framework.

We also focus on the results of the 2014 needs assessment and on the Foundation programme that starts in September 2014. Information is included for pharmacists considering training to be a prescriber in 2015 and for hospital pharmacists considering the MSc in Advanced Practice.

March e-news

20 March 2014

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The NICPLD March e-news is now available to download. This edition focusses on training to support MURs in diabetic patients, new eLearning courses, independent prescribing in primary care/community pharmacy and changes to the accredited checking technician programme.

The next Advanced Practice Development course starts on 1 May 2014 and is available for application. CPD grant applications may be submitted from April 2014 using a new online application process.

Elearning for Inflammatory bowel disease

19 February 2014

The new elearning course, Lower GI disease: inflammatory bowel disease, is now available on the NICPLD website.

This course provides 3 hours of learning and will enable healthcare professionals to provide effective care for patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.

This course compliments other courses in Lower GI series.

Public Health: Obesity

20 December 2013

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The online distance learning course, Public Health: Obesity, is now available on the NICPLD website.

This course, worth 14 hours of learning, aims to provide health professionals with up-to-date facts on obesity and its impact on public health and allow them to develop the skills necessary to engage individuals in a weight management programme.

November e-news

7 November 2013

The November e-news from NICPLD is now available to download.This edition focusses on workshops in the January - March 2014 term, new eLearning courses, opportunities to become involved in research ethics committees and the launch of a new cancer survivorship website for patients, carers and professionals.

Information is also provided on the next pharmacist prescribing course; the closing date for applications is 15 November 2013.

COMPASS therapeutic notes

25 October 2013

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The latest edition of COMPASS therapeutic notes, entitled Management of Osteoporosis, is now available on the NICPLD website.

Once you have completed your study of COMPASS, MCQs for this edition are available in the course listing. Don't forget, to access the MCQs you must login using your username and password.

CPD grants

21 June 2013

This year has seen an unprecedented number of requests by pharmacists for CPD grants to support their professional development.

Twenty-six bursaries were provided to enable pharmacists to participate in a diverse range of university courses, short courses and conferences.

Because of the demand for bursaries, the budget for 2013/14 has now been fully allocated and we are no longer accepting new applications for funding until March 2014 that relate to course uptake in 2014/15.

Public Health: Smoking Cessation

24 April 2013

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The online distance learning course, Public Health: Smoking Cessation, is now available on the NICPLD website.

This course, which has been extensively updated, provides 12 hours of learning and aims to provide healthcare professionals with up-to-date facts on smoking, and its impact on public health, and to develop the skills necessary to engage individuals in a smoking cessation programme..

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