The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists is pleased to announce Dr Roisin O’Hare as the new president. Roisin is the Leadof a Team of Teacher Practitioner Pharmacists across Northern Ireland, and has a wealth of experience and expertise in pharmacy training and education as well as employment and professional matters. She has worked as the Vice President for the last 2 years and on the Guild executive committee since 2008 as the Northern Ireland Regional Member and then as the Chair of Education and Development.
It is a historic presidency for Roisin, who is the first Northern Irish pharmacist to undertake this role. Roisin said ‘It is a great honour to become the president of this fantastic and important organisation. It is particularly special for me as my presidency will include the centenary of the formation of the Guild. I am keen that as an organisation we continue to promote the role of the pharmacist in the managed sector and influence national policy. It is an exciting time for pharmacists as recognition of our role and potential grows in all sectors, most notably in General Practice, and it is important that we support members in this changing landscape. I am particularly keen that we find new ways to engage with our members on a national and regional level to ensure we are representing them in the most effective way possible. I also want to note my thanks to Graeme Richardson for everything he has done as president over the last two years, and I am delighted that he is remaining on the executive as immediate past president. His experience and wisdom will be a great support to me and the rest of the committee.’