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Report on the Review of Hospital Pharmacy, 2011, with bilateral Group Job Descriptions 2012

Wednesday 18th June 2014

HPAI welcomes the announcement that Midlands Pharmacist Joan Peppard has been selected as President-elect of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists

Hospital Pharmacists’ Association of Ireland (HPAI) President, Deirdre Lynch, congratulated Joan Peppard on her new role.   “Having an Irish pharmacist at the helm of the EAHP shows that Europe appreciates the patient care provided by Irish Hospital Pharmacists. Our commitment to work for better patient care for all patients is demonstrated in Joan’s record and is typical of the level to which Irish hospital pharmacists aspire.’’

Joan sees the opportunity to lead European Hospital Pharmacists as coming at a significant time. “A robust set of hospital pharmacy practice standards for Europe has been agreed by the EAHP. These standards should be met across European health systems to ensure safe, effective and optimal use of medicines, in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams. The standards were agreed at European Hospital Pharmacy Summit in Brussels with national hospital pharmacy associations, European patient groups, doctors and nursing organisations.”

Deirdre Lynch added “The HPAI and EAHP look forward to working together to bring about the full achievement of the European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy in Ireland. Implementing the Report on the Reform of Hospital Pharmacy in Ireland will facilitate the achievement of these standards.”

Joan Peppard is Chief Pharmacist in Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, Co Offaly and previously held the post of Director of Professional Development for the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists. 

With a keen interest in the growth and development of hospital pharmacy and a strong commitment to excellence in patient care, Joan has served in a leadership capacity on a number of key committees in Ireland at local, regional and national level.  Joan served as President of the Hospital Pharmacists’ Association Ireland from 2004 - 2006 and 2011 – 2012.  She participated in national negotiations on the reform of Hospital Pharmacy, resulting in the Report on the Reform of Hospital Pharmacy in Ireland in 2011.

In 2006, Joan proposed the establishment of a clinical skills course for Hospital Pharmacists which came to fruition in subsequent years.  She also created the post of antimicrobial pharmacist in the hospital in Tullamore and on its evident success, antimicrobial hospital pharmacists were established in many hospitals country-wide.

Joan's professional qualifications and memberships include:

  • Masters of Administration Degree (M.A. Ethics)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc. Pharm)
  • Bachelor of Administration (B.A. Public Management)
  • Diploma in Healthcare Management
  • Member of the Pharmaceutical Society Ireland
  • Member of the Hospital Pharmacists’ Association of Ireland (positions held include President, Business Manager, EAHP Delegate)
  • Member of the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore Management Team

Joan will take up the post of President in June 2015.

Notes to Editors

  1. The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) is an association of national organisations across 34 countries representing hospital pharmacists at European and international levels. More information about the EAHP at
  2. The Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ireland (HPAI) is a voluntary organisation that represents its members on issues relevant to hospital pharmacists. The Hospital Pharmacists’ Association Ireland is a member of EAHP. More Information about the HPAI at
  3. Requests for interviews with Joan Peppard, President-elect of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP), can be made by contacting Eileen Butler at

HPAI looks forward to full implementation of European statement of hospital pharmacy

The new European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy, agreed with patients and other healthcare professionals at the European level, have set very clear challenges for hospital pharmacy in Ireland, particularly in respect to delivering optimised and seamless patient care.  We will continue to work with DOH, HSE and hospital management to progress the implementation of the 2011 Report on the Review of Hospital Pharmacy.  It is through the implementation of the structures agreed in the Report that these ambitious goals for better patient care will be achieved.’’
Nuala Doyle, HPAI delegate to EAHP summit,
Joan Peppard, Board member EAHP

  1. From the 2011 Report on the Review of Hospital Pharmacy:

    Transformation of Hospital Pharmacy Services

    The HSE require a National Steering Group of Regional Pharmacy Leads to be actively involved in developing a national strategy for pharmacy services and to specify national standards for pharmacy practice, care and treatment and also to lead and to be accountable for these approved strategies.
  2. The European Association of Hospital Pharmacy (EAHP) Summit took place in Brussels on 14-15th May 2014.  Summit participants scrutinised, amended and voted on the stated and desired competencies and roles for the hospital pharmacy profession in Europe to achieve.
With an amount of voting and consensus-forming that took place before the Summit, the event focused on those areas where outstanding difference of view remains. Weighted voting ensured that the passage of the statements had the consensus of not only hospital pharmacists, but also patients and sister professions.
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