The University of Sheffield MOOC on HTA is starting on Monday 15th Feb 2016. Runs for 4 weeks, committment is 3 hours per week. Ideal introduction to the topic. For further details, see https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/hta
PIER is a voluntary organisation, supported by a committee elected from within the membership. PIER is entirely self funding and relies on the membership fee from working members to fund our activities. Up-to-date membership allows FREE access to all PIER CPD events. PIER membership is open to anyone who has undertaken a pharmacy degree (in Ireland or other countries) and is eligible to be listed on the Register of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. Membership Fees Full Membership: €100 (runs full year from 1st February to 31st January). Student Membership is free for MPharm interns and pharmacists undertaking further study (e.g. MSc, PhD). Membership Renewal When PIER membership expires, you will receive a notification email with a link to how to renew your membership.  If you can’t find that email simply follow the steps below:
  1. Log on to PIER using you username and password.  http://localhost/pier2016/login/ If you have forgotten your password, click the ‘lost password’ option to reset your password.
  2. Click on the ‘Educational Resources’ tab or http://localhost/pier2016/resources/
  3. Click register or click on http://localhost/pier2016/membership-account/membership-levels/.
  4. Then select ‘full membership’, which will lead you to a link to the Paypal website which will accept payment from credit card.
If you have any issues, please email membership@pier.ie.  
Interesting report by ABPI about the skills shortage that is facing the UK life sciences industry. The report states that there is a need for individuals with a knowledge of clinical pharmacology, bioinformatics, statistics, data mining, health economics and outcomes. All areas that pharmacists would be ideally suited to with further qualifications. Would expect similar skills shortages is facing the Irish life sciences industry. http://www.abpi.org.uk/media-centre/newsreleases/2015/Pages/111115.aspx
http://thepsi.ie/tns/news/latest-news/15-12-10/Acting_Registrar_appointed.aspx
The PIER Committee would like to offer Marita Kinsella, PSI Registrar, all the best in her new role in the Department of Health’s Acute Hospitals Policy division. http://thepsi.ie/tns/news/latest-news/15-11-25/Registrar_Marita_Kinsella_to_take_up_a_position_in_the_Department_of_Health.aspx
Congrats to PIER member Dr Mike Morris (Director of Scientific Affairs, HPRA) on his Professional Excellence Award at the Helix Health Pharmacist Awards on 21st November 2015. His contribution to the Irish regulatory environment is immense. And he has contributed hugely to the IMB/HPRA reputation at the EMA, Ph Eur & ICH table.Dr Mike Morris Professional Excellence Award
For those members who weren't able to attend the PIER CPD meeting and AGM last Saturday, here is the presentation given by Professor Anne Marie Healy (School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, TCD) on the integrated MPharm programme which has just commenced APPEL MPharm presentation PIER Nov 2015. Also a leaflet explaining the placement opportunities in the industry sector Integrated MPharm programme leaflet_April 2015.
Welcome to Vanessa Lyons (HPRA), Olivia Murphy (Quintiles), Dr Katie Ryan (UCC School of Pharmacy) and Ita Walsh (Compliance Group) who are joining the PIER Committee. Thanks to David Carroll, Dr Brendan Griffin, Jenny Loughney & Dr Catherine McHugh who have stepped down for their contribution to PIER over the past number of years. Cathal Gallagher has now assumed the Treasurer role.
The Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) launched its strategy “Supporting the Pharmacy Journey” at a seminar in the RCSI on Wednesday 23rd September 2015. Recordings of the presentations are now available http://irish-institute-of-pharmacy.newsweaver.com/12sveplv2ito7io9216d0l?email=true&a=2&p=679015&t=179580

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