CLIP Ireland 2017 - 2018


This programme is sponsored by the following companies:-

Daiichi Sankyo UK Ltd, MSD Ltd and Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

These companies have had no input into the design or content of the programme.

The Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy Programme is a comprehensive leadership series aiming to unlock the potential of Ireland’s future pharmacy leaders. By embedding collective leadership behaviours within the pharmacy sector, this programme hopes to support our future leaders in maximising the opportunities created by health and social care integration and novel models of care.

The modern NHS, and associated health and social care landscape, continues to undergo change at an exceptional rate and scale. Pharmacy leaders, both now and in the future, are likely to encounter increasing challenges to the profession amidst an evolving leadership culture and climate. Pharmacy Management understands the high priority challenge that this presents, and has therefore worked closely with senior pharmacists across Ireland to design and deliver our unique approach to leadership development.

We need to develop leaders rather than finding them by accident.
Tim Delaney, Head of Pharmacy, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin


The content of the Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme has been shaped by the Pharmacy Management National Reference Group for Scotland. Membership of this Board includes ten forward-thinking, influential leaders in pharmacy, who have had a key role in mentoring programme delegates through their personal development journey. Members of the All Ireland Steering Group have reviewed the documents and made adjustments for the two jurisdictions where needed.

In this way, the leaders of today will work with the leaders of tomorrow as an engaged and involved workforce, realising collective responsibility for leadership in pharmacy.

This programme will improve participants’ understanding of the practice of pharmacy and the challenges and opportunities facing its leaders across Ireland, supporting connectivity and future joint working.  
Cathy Harrison, Senior Principal Pharmaceutical Officer, Department of Health, Northern Ireland


Pharmacy Management has worked closely with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to align the Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme in Scotland to the RPS Faculty competencies for Leadership, Management and Collaborative Working Relationships.  In recognition of the high quality training, delivered to recognised RPS standards and in line with the Advanced Pharmacy Framework, this programme has been granted RPS Faculty Accreditation. There is no current equivalent across Ireland. PM is currently exploring a similar accreditation process, with a relevant body in each jurisdiction, for the programme across Ireland. 

All successful applicants are required to contribute £100/ €100 towards the cost of this educational programme. However, the programme will be predominantly funded by a limited number of pharmaceutical companies. These companies will have no input into the design or content of the programme, but each company will have one delegate from their organisation participating in the programme.

The programme was designed to include members of Pharmaceutical industry as participants.  The NHS members I have spoken to about this have all said that this added significant extra value.  This different dimension allowed NHS colleagues to become exposed to a different perspective and different challenges which added to their learning experience.
Michael Pratt, Director of Pharmacy, NHS Dumfries and Galloway


Programme Content

The Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme offers pharmacy professionals an exciting opportunity to enhance their effectiveness within current and future roles. The programme includes a broad suite of leadership training events aimed at transforming delegates’ leadership capabilities, through the development of appropriate skills and behaviours.

The programme comprises a total of twelve learning days over a twelve month period, structured as eight one-day events and two two-day residential courses, with supporting written materials also provided. 

Delegates must complete all the days. Where a delegate is unable to attend a particular day due to an existing commitment, there is capacity to catch up built into the programme. If you have a commitment already planned please do not put off applying.

The Launch/Welcome event was on the evening of Thursday 25 May 2017 at the Ballymascanlon House Hotel in Dundalk prior to the programme commencing; with a closing Next Steps Conference at the end of the programme. These events provide invaluable networking opportunities; a concurrent workplace-based healthcare improvement project will be completed by all delegates to show application of learning during the programme. This will include a poster and an article for publication to demonstrate the output of the CLIP programme.

Day One - Leading with Colleagues

Getting to know you


This initial day will provide an introduction to the programme and consider the objectives of both the programme and its participants, as delegates embark on this challenging, but rewarding, development programme. This will include a session that compares and contrasts pharmacy services in the two jurisdictions.

Day Two - Leading with Flexibility

How to ‘work’ your leadership style


Having considered the theory of flexible leadership, delegates will be encouraged to identify their own leadership style before learning how to flex it to lead and inspire others

Day Three - Leading with My Team
Day Four - Developing yourself and others


This two-day residential course will use both theoretical and practical exercises to gain an understanding of training, mentoring and coaching as effective approaches to engaging others and developing leadership capacity in colleagues.

Day Five - Leading with Focus

Project leadership for project success


This training event will work through, and look beyond, the process of project management to consider how it can be used to deliver successful project outcomes.

Day Six - Leading with Impact

Making a personal impact


Communicating effectively is crucial for any good leader. During this training day, delegates will review different communication styles and strategies, and consider how they can be used to tailor and deliver effective personal communications.

Day Seven - Leading without Conflict

Conflict management and resolution


The training event will take an in-depth look, both conceptually and practically, at understanding conflict, the factors affecting it and means of managing. Delegates will work in small groups to consider the skills required to manage others within changing, and challenged, work environments.

Day Eight - Leading with Negotiations

Negotiating for success


This course offers a masterclass in achieving successful outcomes when negotiating. Delegates will identify the basics of negotiating skills and reflect on their own natural negotiation style, before considering the methods available to navigate complicated decision making processes with multiple stakeholders.

Day Nine - Leading within Health Systems

Why are we doing this?


This interactive day spent with Ireland’s current leaders in pharmacy and healthcare will provide context to the learning delivered throughout the programme. Delegates will consider the incorporation of national policy into local strategy and participate in open dialogue about where, and how, pharmacy across Ireland will be led in the future.

Day Ten - Leading with Me

Delegate-determined Flex Day


The content of this penultimate training event will be individually designed and tailored to meet the specific needs of programme delegates. This may involve re-visiting and building on a topic already covered, or alternatively may concentrate on a newly identified training need; either way, this flexible day ensures a bespoke leadership programme meeting the particular needs to the cohort across Ireland in 2017-2018.

Day Eleven - Leaving as Leaders
Day Twelve - Reflection, consolidation and anticipation


This demanding two-day residential course will reflect on the learnings of the entire programme as delegates strive to enhance their personal effectiveness. Having completed the programme, delegates will move forward within their roles, inspired to lead through change within their own environments.


Output from the Programme

By working collaboratively alongside colleagues from across Ireland, the CLIP programme will encourage delegates to learn from their peers, through sharing experiences, challenging each other and developing productive, professional networks.

This opportunity to enhance relationships amongst future leaders across Ireland, both during and beyond the duration of the programme, will be galvanised by the shared commitment amongst the selected delegates to lead through high-quality care.

The completion of a workplace-based healthcare improvement project is a key element of the Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme. This project enables practical application of learning from the programme to delegates’ specific challenges, within their own local context. It will be used as a demonstration of a delegate’s ability to lead service improvements and organisational change by drawing upon their newfound leadership skill set.



The Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme has been designed with current, emerging and potential leaders in mind.

Therefore, applications are welcomed from Hospital Pharmacists, Prescribing Advisors, Community Pharmacists, Senior Pharmacy Technicians and Practice-based Pharmacists, who should be currently working in a clinical pharmacy role in an operational environment and be in a new leadership role, or aspiring to move into a role that includes this aspect.

This programme will challenge, stretch and support you to grow as a leader. It will help you to develop the skills and behaviours essential to effective leadership practice, and will enable you to:-

• Confidently motivate those around you

• Resiliently lead a positive work environment

• Capably influence change within your organisation

The development and delivery of this leadership programme has involved significant investment by several groups of stakeholders. Participation in this intensive and demanding programme will similarly require an investment of time and effort by any potential delegate, and therefore a demonstration of commitment to the programme will be necessary upon application. Successful applicants will also be required to make a financial contribution of £100/€100 towards the cost of this educational programme and agree to attend all sessions.

The Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme across Ireland for 2017 – 2018 is limited to thirty delegates (a potential of 12 from the Republic and 18 from Northern Ireland, depending on applications). Therefore, a clear and transparent recruitment process will be applied to the selection of the first cohort of invited delegates.


What is a sponsor?

Those undertaking the course each have their own sponsors to support them, help them think differently and to challenge them. A sponsor may be a pharmacist, but pharmacy leaders of the future need to go beyond the pharmacy world so sponsors from other healthcare backgrounds are actively encouraged.

At least one sponsor is expected to be from a non-pharmacy background to demonstrate that the candidate is able to lead beyond the profession. Their main role will be to support the delegate during their time on the course and to bring an outside perspective to the work that the candidate is doing. Ideally, they might be a GP, a consultant, a senior nurse or a health system manager to help the delegate bring a rounded approach to the course. The person will, at times, need to give feedback to the candidate and will complete a 360 degree leadership assessment after the first module has taken place.

The time commitment will be dependent in part upon the needs of the candidate. Regular slots for discussion between the candidate and sponsor should be scheduled during the programme.

If you have any queries about the course, please email Val Shaw, Programme Co-ordinator, Pharmacy Management – [email protected]

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“I believe CLIP has been of significant benefit to the participants and to the service.  It has developed our new leaders, and will add value to our organisation.  I would recommend CLIP to any future Pharmacy Leader.”
Michael Pratt, Director of Pharmacy, NHS Dumfries and Galloway.
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