Strand House
2nd Floor
102 Holywood Road
BELFAST BT4 1NU
028 9065 6576

History of the UCA

For over a century the UCA has worked closely with its membership to keep them up to date with matters in an ever-changing professional and business world.

1901

The UCA originates from 1901 when it was known as “The Ulster Drug Trade Association”.

In 1901, the organisation’s main aim was:

“to take all steps necessary to protect and develop the interests of the trade and to promote friendship and confidence in the relationship of members with one another and with trade connections."

This remains the same, over a century later.

1935

The Association amalgamated with the North Irish Pharmacists Association became the Ulster Chemists' Association.

1948

The National Health Service started on 5 July 1948 and all pharmacies were invited to take up NHS contract. Members of the UCA Executive Committee were instrumental in forming the Local Pharmaceutical Committee. The LPC exists today as CPNI and their remit remains, as contract negotiators for community pharmacy business owners.  The UCA continues to offer advice and support to pharmacies across Northern Ireland.

For more detail on what is offered to pharmacies in Northern Ireland, via UCA Membership, please see the Work of the UCA section.

View an interactive timeline of NHS reform >

Introducing the Health Service – a video:

2012

UCA begins the development of a social enterprise model which can deliver integrated services to the community via pharmacy and partners in the community & voluntary sectors. Formed in 2014, Primary care and Community Together (PACT) partners include Community Pharmacy, Ulster University, GP Federations (Down), the Community & Voluntary Sector, Fold Housing, Carers NI and Oasis.

2015

Ulster Chemists' Association's strategy for 2015-18 launches a new Pharmacist Membership. UCA will now provide representation and support for both contractors and employed pharmacists in Northern Ireland. UCA President Cliff McElhinney said "In the current pharmacy environment, It is vital that all those contributing to the success of pharmacy in the community can have a voice and their views represented by one body. UCA has always supported the whole pharmacy team so we welcome the formal opportunity for pharmacists to be come members of the UCA."

 

Contact

UCA President
president@uca.org.uk

Adrienne Clugston, Executive Committee & Membership
adrienne@uca.org.uk

Kate McKittrick, Prescription Payment Support
coding@uca.org.uk

Lindsey Jackson, General Enquiries
info@uca.org.uk

Mairead Conlon, Representation Pharmacist
mairead@uca.org.uk

Natalie Calder, Administrative Assistant
support@uca.org.uk

UCA Office

Ulster Chemists' Association
Strand House
2nd Floor
102 Holywood Road
BELFAST
BT4 1NU

Tel:  028 9065 6576
Fax:  028 9065 1137

 

Office Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00am -5:00pm