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Wednesday, 6th August 2008-New MSc-Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Management (Community Pharmacy) at RCSI

06 August 2008

The Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) today launched an MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Management (Community Pharmacy). The programme, which has been developed and supported both by the School of Pharmacy at RCSI and Pharmacy Xcelerate Skillnet, is the first of its kind in Ireland.


Pictured from l to r are Prof. Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management , RCSI and Mr. John Bourke MPSI, Network Manager, Pharmacy Xcelerate Skillnet at the launch of the MSc in Healthcare Management (Community Pharmacy) on 06th of August, 2008 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Community pharmacy managers, supervising pharmacists and superintendent pharmacists in Ireland must now, under the terms of the Pharmacy Act 2007, supervise a series of processes for improving quality of service and ensuring that they are accountable for their practice. These processes include continuing professional development, evidence-based practice, audit, dealing with poor performance, managing risk, monitoring clinical care and ensuring patient involvement.


Pictured from l to r are Mr. John Bourke MPSI, Network Manager, Pharmacy Xcelerate Skillnet, and Prof. Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management, RCSI at the launch of the MSc in Healthcare Management RCSI (Community Pharmacy) on 06th of August,2008 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

The innovative MSc programme will help pharmacists to develop leadership and management skills so that they are able to apply these processes to their practice in order to improve patient care. This programme will also equip community pharmacists with the knowledge and skills necessary to embrace innovation and to deliver new services as envisaged in the new contract with the Health Services Executive.


Pictured from l to r are Prof. Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management , RCSI ; Mr. John Bourke MPSI, Network Manager, Pharmacy Xcelerate Skillnet and Dr. Paul Gallagher, School of Pharmacy, RCSI  at the launch of the MSc in Healthcare Management (Community Pharmacy) on 06th of August, 2008 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the Institute of Leadership and Healthcare Management, RCSI commented that it would build on the growing reputation of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as a provider of professional leadership and management development.

Mr. John Bourke of Pharmacy Xcelerate Skillnet, the pharmacy led-training and development network, commented he was very pleased to be associated with a new professional development programme for pharmacists. Mr. Bourke added that “in pursuing our goal of supporting managing pharmacists this programme offers a unique opportunity for pharmacists to develop skills necessary for modern community pharmacy, in a cost effective manner.

The programme commences in October 2008 and application details are available at www.rcsi.ie/healthcaremanagement and www.xcelerate.ipos.ie