NI Pharmacy Conference

Brimming with on-the-pulse presentations, important discussion points and expert speakers from across the industry, the PDA is proud to announce that the countdown to the 2019 Northern Ireland Pharmacy Conference is officially on. 

Thu 28th February 2019 (9:30am - 3:30pm)

Moving From Supply To Services: Managing the Risks; Embracing The Opportunities

We are all working hard – but are we working smart?

As the pressure upon the NHS reaches breaking point, the time has come to consider how the unique skills of pharmacists around the safety of medicines and the development of pharmaceutical care can be deployed for the benefit of patients. While these developments will represent opportunities for some, they introduce risks for others as the established order of pharmacy practice across all of its sectors comes into question.

Taking place on 28th February 2019, the Northern Ireland Pharmacy Conference considers how all sectors of pharmacy might come together to use their current positioning and develop new and integrated services that are beneficial for patients, the taxpayer and the profession.

Confirmed speakers

Professor Michael Scott

Director, The Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC)

The MOIC is a new regional innovation centre, which aims to ensure better health outcomes for the population through the consistent delivery of best practice relating to the use of medicines.


Cathy Harrison

Acting Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

Cathy and her team are responsible for providing specialist advice on medicines and pharmaceutical issues to the health service and for the development of policy relating to medicines optimisation and pharmacy.


Dr Terry Maguire

Proprietor, Maguire Pharmacy, Falls Road, Belfast

Dr Terry Maguire is recognised as a pioneer in the development of pharmacy services in the UK and beyond.


Niall Downey FRCSI 

Doctor and Airline Pilot

Niall Downey qualified as a doctor working in cardiac surgery and subsequently as an airline pilot. He formed Frameworkhealth Ltd in 2011, a company providing aviation safety training modified specifically for healthcare.

Niall featured in a recent podcast hosted by Pharmacy in Practice, titled ‘Risk, dispensing errors, pharmacy and what we can learn from aviation’.

Listen to the podcast here


Mark Koziol

Chair, The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA)

Mark Koziol established the PDA in 2003. An Aston graduate qualifying as a pharmacist in 1984, Mark established PPLS a locum agency which prior to its sale in 2003 operated in eight countries. Mark was a founder of the Young Pharmacists’ Group in 1985. Elected to the RPSGB Council in 1997, his close proximity to the ‘peppermint water’ case prompted him to stand down and establish the PDA.


Dr Mark Timoney

Pharmacy Proprietor

Dr Timoney was formerly the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, after spending a number of years working within policy he has recently become a pharmacy contractor and will share the lessons he plans to utilise within his new role.


Eoghan O’Brien

Independent Community Pharmacy Contractor 

Eoghan is a casual lecturer at the Ulster University, School of Pharmacy for year 3 and year 4 pharmacy undergraduate students on Enhances Services and Complementary & Alternative Medicines


Tickets are FREE OF CHARGE for healthcare professionals. To secure yours now, complete the form below or for more information click here


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The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
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