A recent graduate has been awarded a prestigious national accolade at the Helix Health Pharmacist Awards 2012.
Ronan Sheridan, 26, from Granard, Co Longford, was selected ahead of his contemporaries as the Irish Young Pharmacist of the Year. He collected his award at an official ceremony held on Saturday 10 November at The Mansion House, Dublin.
The Helix Health Pharmacist Awards, now in their sixth year, were established to recognise the important role that pharmacists play in communities all over Ireland. The 2012 Awards were attended by pharmacists in hospital, community, industry and academia in addition to representatives from leading healthcare companies.
The young Pharmacist of the Year award recognises pharmacists under the age of 30 years whose activities, in the course of their professional duties and development, is judged to be the most commendable.
Ronan, who graduated from RGU’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences in 2009 with a Master of Pharmacy degree, was selected for the award in recognition of the consistently high standard of his work and his proactive approach to providing additional services.
For example, while working as a pre-registration pharmacist and resident clinical pharmacist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Ronan undertook research on electronic prescribing and renal function, for which he reached the final of the UK Clinical Pharmacist association awards.
Ronan, who is currently working in a community pharmacist role at Market Point Pharmacy, Mullingar, said: “To have been put forward as a finalist was a fantastic achievement but to have won was just brilliant. I really didn’t think I was going to win. I was so overwhelmed with the support from colleagues, both past and current, friends, family and members of the School of Pharmacy academic staff.”
During his time at RGU, Ronan was vice president of the pharmacy house committee and a member of the university academic board. In 2009 he received the Student Representative of the year award. He was also a member of the university rowing club and equestrian club.
He added: “I really loved studying in Aberdeen. The quality of teaching, resources available and positive atmosphere created by the staff in the school make it an incredible place to study. I am not surprised that it is ranked so highly as a place to study pharmacy in the UK.”
Denise Hansford, senior lecturer in Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences said: “As MPharm Course Leader when Ronan was at RGU, I am not at all surprised at this recognition. However, on behalf of all the staff who taught him, I am absolutely delighted to offer him our sincerest congratulations on his award of 2012 Irish Young Pharmacist of the Year.
“Ronan was an extremely able student who also made a huge contribution to the life of the School whilst an undergraduate. He engaged with all that was on offer on the MPharm course and is a very good advertisement for the excellent work done by staff here.”
The Helix Health Pharmacist Awards also serve to raise the standard of the profession across the board by awarding best practice across a range of specialities, in addition to raising funds for charity through the Pharmacy Benevolent Fund.
Further information about the awards can be found at www.pharmacistawards.com.
Ronan Sheridan receiving his award at the Helix Health Pharmacist Awards 2012
(l-r) Howard Beggs, Helix Health; Winner of the Young Pharmacist of the Year Award, Ronan Sheridan and Aisling Reast, PBF President
Notes to editor
- Helix Health is the leading provider of pharmacy software systems in Ireland. Sponsors of this year’s Helix Health Pharmacist Awards include Teva, Actavis, Pinewood Healthcare, Lundbeck, JPA Brenson Lawlor and Irish Pharmacist. www.helixhealth.com
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