President Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association and Member of the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) at EMA
Raymond has experience of working in Community Pharmacy for over thirty-six years, which has enabled him to gain an understanding of the issues facing pharmacy both locally and nationally. His current post is as a partner at Andersons Pharmacy, Portadown. He is an Independent Pharmacy Prescriber since 2007 and has a history of working with GP’s, holding hypertension and hyperlipidaemia clinics and reviewing and supporting patients with long-term conditions.
Raymond has been appointed to many advisory committees and has been a Member of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, holding the post of Treasurer from 2002 to 2005 and President from 2006 to 2009. He has been a member of DHSS&PS Central Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee and is a past Chairman. He was a member of the Professional Development committee at the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland 2012 to 2015.
With a strong interest in pharmacy issues in Europe and the Commonwealth, Raymond is currently President of the Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association, elected representative for the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) for Northern Ireland and member of the Pharmaceutical Society of N.Ireland’s Pharmacy Forum. He was appointed to the European Medicines Agency’s “Pharmacovigilance Review Assessment Committee (PRAC)” by the European Commission in April 2016.
Raymond was appointed to the post of clinical lead Pharmacist to C&B Primary Care Partnership in 2012 and subsequently to C&B Integrated Care Partnership in 2013. He brings his breadth of experience to the ICP and was elected Chair in June 2014. He held this post until June 2016.
Raymond is a strong advocate for the role pharmacy can play in transforming the care of patients with long-term conditions (LTC’s). Medication is one of the key components in managing LTC’s and Pharmacists are in a key position to help reduce the pressure on our health services.