028 9065 6576


UCA-NI and Coastal Core have teamed up once again to launch a First Aid Training session for all staff.

The training session takes just 3hrs and can be delivered in the pharmacy or at premises of your choosing.

To find out more, complete this form or contact Adrienne @ UCA-NI on 028 9065 6576.


Deadline for entry and nominations: Friday 12th January 2024

We have made it even easier the attached has the direct links to the application forms, hints, and tips.

Open the PIF Awards information here, click on the category you want to enter, fill in the form and we could be contacting you with great news.

The Pharmacy in Focus Awards are the most prestigious and respected awards in the pharmacy sector. They celebrate the achievements, innovations, dedication and excellence of pharmacy professionals and teams across Northern Ireland.

If you are a pharmacy owner, manager, pharmacist, technician, or support staff, you have the opportunity for your work to be recognised through your contribution to the health and wellbeing of your community. The full list of categories, entry criteria and details on how to enter are listed on the attached.

The deadline for nominations is 12th January 2024, so don't delay!

The winners will be announced at a glamorous gala ceremony on 2 March 2024, where you will also have the chance to meet with other pharmacy teams across Northern Ireland. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the Pharmacy in Focus Awards and to celebrate the achievements of you and your colleagues in the Pharmacy profession!










Unleash your potential with McLernons..

McLernons are recruiting a Trainer to support the implementation and effective use of their software products and services.

If you think you have potential, find more details and how to apply here.

Apply now

McKay Pharmacy are recruiting for 2 new Pharmacist positions across the group of 3 pharmacies:

Pharmacist to provide cover for all 3 branches in Belfast, Newtownards & Templepatrick - details

Pharmacist for the Newtownards branch - details

If you are looking for an opportunity to join a leading, innovative pharmacy, contact McKay Pharmacy today.


Community Pharmacies encourage people to ‘take 5 steps to wellbeing’ this winter

Kevin McSorley, PHA and Niall Falls, Falls Pharmacy Cookstown

Living Well community pharmacies are backing a call for people to look after their mental health this December and January.

Across the two months, the pharmacies involved are encouraging people to ‘take 5 steps to wellbeing’ and show the same level of care for their mental health as they do for their physical health.

The ‘Take 5’ approach encourages building healthy habits into your everyday life to help bolster your emotional and mental wellbeing.

Fiona Teague, Regional Lead for Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing at the Public Health Agency (PHA), said: “Looking after your mental health should be every bit as important as your physical health.

“The Take 5 Steps are a great way to make sure you’re checking in with yourself and taking time for that little bit of self-care that can help you to feel better.

“They cover a range of aspects crucial to your emotional wellbeing and are good for helping people to find balance, build resilience and boost mental health and wellbeing.”

The Take 5 Steps are:

  • Connect
  • Keep learning
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Give

To find out more about the Take 5 Steps, please visit www.pha.site/Take5Steps

Niall Falls, community pharmacist from Falls Pharmacy in Cookstown, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with this campaign which can really help people with their mental wellbeing.

“Starting that conversation about someone’s mental health is so important and our role at the heart of communities allows us to make those connections.

“We also have other more specialist resources that we can signpost to, for those that are feeling low or feel they might benefit from further help.”

Living Well is a community-based pharmacy service offered in over 500 pharmacies across Northern Ireland. It is delivered in partnership by the PHA, Community Pharmacy NI, and the Department of Health, and provides key public health messages and advice through these pharmacies.


UCA-NI has launched its Community Pharmacy Heroes video celebrating the contribution of community pharmacy teams across Northern Ireland through the pandemic.

Pharmacies were a lifeline for their communities remaining open to ensure that patients continued to receive their medication on time, plus delivering a number of new services including the very successful vaccination programme. 

Behind the scenes, everyone working within the community pharmacy sector played a significant part in making this happen: our wholesalers and suppliers who ensured stock got though, voluntary & community groups who helped their local pharmacies, support organisations such as CPNI & UCA, colleagues in DoH/HSCB/PHA who supported pharmacy with new and updated guidance, and of course other traders & members of the community who were patient, supportive and often brought food to keep staff going.

So a big thank you and well done to everyone involved!

Watch here


UCA-NI has teamed up with Northern Ireland's only locally headquartered merchant services specialists, SmartPayNI, to offer payment solutions to community pharmacies across Northern Ireland. As a UCA-NI preferred provider, SmartPayNI promise to offer market-leading products and services based on competitive pricing, great customer service and transparent contract terms.


10-12 Artillery St, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RG
028 7116 3240 (L/Derry)
028 9099 3545 (Belfast)

Email: admin@smartpayni.co.uk

Web: http://www.smartpayni.co.uk

If you would like a no-obligation review of your current payment facilities and charges or if your current contract is due to end soon, please contact SmartPay directly.

NB As a preferred provider, UCA-NI a small one-off commission from SmartPayNI for every new pharmacy client. This funding will help support the ongoing work of UCA-NI on behalf of community pharmacies in Northern Ireland.

Community Pharmacy COVID & FLU vaccination service

People are being urged to get their vaccinations updated now as cases of Covid-19 & Flu are rising.

The vaccination service in Community Pharmacies will offer a Covid-19 vaccination and Flu vaccination to the following eligible individuals aged 18 years and over:

• Residents of RQIA registered care homes

• Individuals aged 65 years and above

• Under-65s who are clinically at risk (evidence should be supplied by the patient to demonstrate eligibility)

• Eligible frontline health & social care staff

• Pregnant women

• Eligible carers who seek vaccination

If you are in an eligible group, you can access your vaccination in a participating pharmacy either by booking using their online system or calling in if they are offering a walk-in clinic. Check your pharmacy's website or social media pages for information on how to book.

NB Pharmacies have been authorised to vaccinate certain eligible groups - they may need to ask you for information to check your eligibility, i.e., you may need to show ID or a letter from your GP showing that you are eligible. If a pharmacy is unable to confirm that you are in a group which they have been authorised to vaccinate, they will refer you to your GP.

Vaccines help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and Flu and it is especially important that you are protected if you have underlying health conditions or are immuno-suppressed. If you have any questions, please speak to a pharmacist or another health professional to get the best advice.

We are here to help you stay safe and well. Community pharmacy teams are continuing to roll-out the vaccine service, helping to protect communities whilst continuing to deliver vital daily services such as dispensing medicines. 

Exciting opportunities are now available in a number of community pharmacies across NI.

Pharmacies are now recruiting for a range of posts suitable for experienced pharmacists or those newly-registered.

  • Pharmacy Managers
  • 2nd Pharmacists
  • Relief Pharmacists

To find out more visit the Pharmacy in Focus Recruitment page 

Have a job vacancy? Contact Maureen Delaney on maureen@profilepublishing.com to find out how they can help you recruit.

UCA-NI have teamed up with Coastal Core Ltd to offer Pharmacists Live Covid Vaccination training in various locations in Northern Ireland.

Training sessions are arranged as required.

If you require full training or refresher training, contact UCA



All enquiries should be directed to:

Adrienne Clugston

Operations Manager



UCA Office

5 Annadale Avenue

Tel:  028 9065 6576


Office Opening Hours:

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