Pharmacy Forum Northern Ireland (PFNI) is continuing its campaign aimed at supporting current NI pharmacy workforce needs and has officially launched Phase 2 of Pharmacy Futures NI with a paid digital campaign across Google Ads, Facebook and Instagramwhichtargets pharmacy team applicants in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

NI employers have been asked to post current vacancies on popular job sites, which will be signposted from:

This time round, PFNI is also looking beyond NI’s immediate workforce needs.

To prepare for the 1,100+ additional roles in the NI pharmacy sector required over the next five years, during phase 2, PFNI is engaging with NI post-primary schools and encouraging students to make pharmacy their career of choice.

The highlight of the outreach activity is a dynamic virtual careers event on Wednesday 19 May, which will also be made available as an ongoing resource. Lasting 40 minutes, the virtual showcase event will give pupils an exciting insight into life as a pharmacist in NI – from studying pharmacy at university, to the first few years as a pharmacist and opportunities to progress in hospital, community and GP surgery pharmacy sectors. Keep an eye out on the campaign website for more information.

New campaign resources available

For this phase of the campaign, PFNI has also updated the campaign website with the following new features and materials:

  • The virtual careers event
  • A News & Resources section featuring blog posts from the profession
  • New videos including, among others:

– Jacqui Hanley, Pushing the Boundaries
– Michael Cooper, Reinventing Ourselves
– Dr Rachel Huey, Opening Doors to the Future
– Thinking of coming home
– Studying chemistry? Want to care for people? Become a Pharmacist

The Forum will be actively promoting this next phase on Twitter over the coming months, so follow the campaign @PharmForumNI!

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