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10th All-Ireland Pharmacy Conference

By Irish Pharmacist - 07th May 2023

The 10th All Ireland Pharmacy Conference (AIPC) will be held at Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk, on 6 and 7 November 2023, with the theme for this year’s conference ‘Creating Momentum and Building Capacity’

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

This conference is jointly co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development and the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP). Its focus is to share good practice in pharmaceutical care and practice development across the primary and secondary care sectors.

Pharmacists, technicians and qualified assistants are encouraged to exchange ideas for pharmaceutical service development in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

CONFERENCE DATES AND REGISTRATION

On the evening of Monday 6 November, the conference dinner will take place at 8.00pm and provides an opportunity to network with colleagues. The main conference proceedings will start at 9.30am on Tuesday 7 November and will involve parallel oral sessions and poster presentations.

Further details on the conference can be found on the IIOP Website under the Courses and Events tab (https://iiop. ie/content/10th-all-ireland-pharmacyconference-2023).

The day delegate rate for the conference is €55 and online registration will be available in mid-May through the IIOP website.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The 2023 conference theme is ‘Creating Momentum and Building Capacity’. Abstracts are invited for posters and oral presentations that deal with a broad range of pharmacy practice, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Education.
  • Workforce.
  • Enhancing Practice.
  • Leadership.
  • Policy.

Abstracts can be submitted at this link (https://aipc2023.exordo.com/), and further information can be found on the IIOP website, under the ‘Courses and Events’ tab.

Posters will be on display throughout the conference, with dedicated time for viewing and discussion during the day. Oral presentations should be 10 minutes in duration, with an additional five minutes for audience questions. You are welcome to submit multiple abstracts for consideration. The 10th All Ireland Pharmacy Conference (AIPC) will be held at Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk, on 6 and 7 November 2023, with the theme for this year’s conference ‘Creating Momentum and Building Capacity’

Applicants should clearly indicate the corresponding and presenting author(s) and whether they wish their abstract to be considered for poster or oral presentation. The closing date for receipt of abstracts is Wednesday 31 May 2023. The organising bodies will cover the conference costs (ie, the day delegate fee and accommodation) for the main presenter of each oral presentation. For those presenting posters, the day delegate fee will be covered.

THREE REASONS TO REGISTER

Accessibility: It’s very accessible to all practitioners. Sometimes conferences can be quite focused on formal academic research and studies and this makes them feel out of reach for practitioners. At AIPC, the focus is on sharing information about initiatives and approaches from practice, and therefore is very applicable and accessible to practicing pharmacists and technicians, as well as those involved in applied research. You are likely to leave with new ideas for your practice.

Networking: AIPC provides an ideal setting for networking. The diverse range of attendees from both North and South, across all areas of practice, makes it a great place to meet new people in pharmacy. The format of short oral and poster presentations, with lots of opportunity for interaction through the dinner and breaks, means it’s a very sociable and welcoming experience. You are likely to leave with new connections and friends.

Perspective: It provides a space to consider the Irish profession. The keynote address will provide food for thought on how Irish pharmacy can evolve, and examples of practice from both sides of the border will help to shape thinking over the course of the conference proceedings. You are likely to leave with new ideas about pharmacy’s direction.

The IIOP asked one of its previous attendees to share their experience of attending the All-Ireland Pharmacy Conference:

“It is probably 15 years since I went to my first All-Ireland Pharmacy conference. It is a testament to all those involved in the conference that despite a hurricane and pandemic, it is still here to showcase the work of pharmacy teams on the island of Ireland. “It is probably the only pharmacy conference that is open to all pharmacy team members that covers research and quality initiatives in the community, hospital academic and regulatory setting.

“The layout of the event, starting at the dinner the night before, allows for the discussion of information, ideas and resources, as well as networking and catching up with old friends.

“The posters and oral presentations allow for the sharing of initial ideas and pilots, through to larger-scale research and practice initiatives. It is always enjoyable to see ideas develop and come to fruition over a number of conferences.

“I would recommend the conference to anyone as either an attendee or if you want to share ideas and resources via submission of an abstract. From small acorns mighty oaks grow, and the All-Ireland Pharmacy conference is a great place to start.” (Sinead McCool, Hospital Pharmacist, Kilkenny)

This conference provides a unique opportunity for those working in pharmacy practice, north and south, to consider issues directly relevant to their profession in a friendly and welcoming environment.

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