Strand House
2nd Floor
102 Holywood Road
028 9065 6576


The Ulster Chemists’ Association held a Special General Meeting on 24th January at their offices on Holywood Road, Belfast, to consult members on a proposal to change the structure of the association to facilitate a closer working relationship with Community Pharmacy NI.

Addiction NI are delighted to have been chosen as the Ulster Chemists' Association Charity Partnership for 2018. 

As part of this support we would like to invite all members to get involved in our annual Race to Recovery.  The Race to Recovery is now entering its 6th year and we hope this year will see the continued growth of the event. 

The Pharmacy in Focus Awards provide an opportunity each year for members of the profession, representatives from the industry and members of pharmacy’s professional bodies to celebrate the amazing initiatives and projects, which have been designed to improve healthcare in general and patient outcomes in particular.


Community pharmacy is experiencing an alarming rise in aggressive and violent incidents. The worst incident involved two pharmacists (both UCA Executive Committee members) being stabbed in a pharmacy in West Belfast.


UCA surveyed its members who told us about their experiences which can be summarised as follows:


·         Aggressive and rude behaviour from patients on a daily basis

·         Violent incidents/attempted robberies in the past year

·         Attempted/robberies increasingly involving knives or guns


"Our aim is that no one finds themselves alone and vulnerable on the streets at night.

We are creating a safe haven in the heart of the city.

We are also reaching out beyond Belfast to help vulnerable people across Northern Ireland."


The Ulster Chemist's Association is urging Locum Pharmacists to come forward and register with the UCA Locum Online.

With over 200 member pharmacist, we have regular requests for temporary cover and often recieve requests from non-member pharmacies as well as other healthboards.


Opportunities arise on occassion for both full time and part time permenant positions as well as long term, temporary contracts.


Michelle O’Neill launched her vision entitled, ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together’ after considering the Expert Panel’s report, led by Professor Rafael Bengoa, ‘Systems, Not Structures: Changing Health and Social Care’ which clearly sets out the need for change.


Health Minister praises Community Pharmacy's work at the 'coalface' of patient care

In March 2014, The Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety launched an updated strategy Making it Better through Pharmacy in the Community setting the future direction for pharmacy services in the community.

The strategy recognises pharmacists as advocates for public health, and community pharmacies as frontline neighbourhood resources for improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities.

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Community Pharmacy welcomes transformation of NI Health & Social Care system

The UCA welcomes the Health Minister’s announcement that he is to radically overhaul our Health & Social Care system.The need to transform has been recognised by all with the publication of Transforming your Care and everyone agreed it just needed to be delivered. Plans to underpin the transformation with dedicated funding is particularly welcome as this was a major flaw in Transforming your Care. The call for political consensus is refreshing and is the right approach to take to ensure transformation is delivered.



UCA President

Adrienne Clugston, Executive Committee & Membership

Kate McKittrick, Prescription Payment Support

Lindsey Jackson, General Enquiries

Mairead Conlon, Representation Pharmacist

Natalie Calder, Administrative Assistant

UCA Office

Ulster Chemists' Association
Strand House
2nd Floor
102 Holywood Road

Tel:  028 9065 6576
Fax:  028 9065 1137


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