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Staff Development and Training Services

As part of our committment to the development of Clarity's Pharmacists, Technicians and Counter Assistants; we have rolled out a number of inititiatives aimed at helping everyone in their career progression while at the same time offering a higher quality, even more robust and even more reliable service to our clients. We strongly believe Clarity's enhanced Staff Development and Training Services is a win-win situation for all who work with and do business with Clarity Locums.

Rudimentary Locum Knowledge/Skills Test

From summer 2016, we require all Locums registering with Clarity Locums for the first time to take our short introductory e-Learning course.

This is part of our committment to quality and to ensure that Pharmacists can feel confidence in themselves that they have the basic tools they need (hard skills and soft skills) to do their job confidently and effectively.

The Clarity Locums "Rudimentary Locum Knowledge/Skills Test" course is used to guide Locums and is not intended to replace or supercede PSI regulations.

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Clarity Orientation Programme

Clarity Locums now offers an (optional) Orientation Programme for all Pharmacists working for Clarity Locums.

The Clarity orientation course takes place fortnightly at our offices from 7pm to 8pm on the second Tuesday and the last Tuesday of every month.

You will be asked to complete a short 20 minute exam as devised by our management team who have over 30 years' experience in the pharmacy sector.

Upcoming orientation programmes:
• Tuesday 26th March, 2019 at 19:00
• Tuesday 9th April, 2019 at 19:00
• Tuesday 30th April, 2019 at 19:00

Continual Professional Development Series

Starting 24th February, 2016, Clarity will host the first of a series of Continual Professional Development evenings targeted at professional pharmacists working in Ireland.

CPD evening - 24th February, 2016

Clarity Locums is delighted to announce its first CPD evening. Following feedback from both Locums and Clients throughout last year, and by analysing the results of our recent survey, we have decided to host a continuous professional development course with a focus on communication skills. The event will take place on the evening of Wednesday the 24th of February in our head office on Lower Baggot Street.

Clarity has assembled a high quality panel of speakers with decades of experience in retail pharamcy, pharmaceutical sales and management of a large pharmacy group. The speakers will focus on areas such as: retail sales skills, interview skills, increasing your impact and influence, interpersonal skills, leadership and teamwork.

This evening is ideal for any pharmacist seeking to improve their skills, upgrade their marketability and gain recognition for their up-skilling efforts. As the retail pharmacy space and the Irish jobs market in general becomes increasingly competitive, it is increasingly important for many to continually sharpen non-professional skills so as to survive and thrive in the new marketspace. Places on the course are limited, so please register below as soon as possible.


The CPD evening takes place on February 24th from 7pm to 9pm at 93 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.


Rachel Dungan

"Skills to Increase your Impact and Influence"

Rachel is a pharmacist with 20 years' experience in hospital and community pharmacy. She creates and delivers training programmes accredited by the PSI, the IIOP, IPU Academy and FETAC/QQI and offers coaching and mentoring services to support pharmacists with CPD and OSCE preparation.

She is founder of 4Front Pharmacy Solutions which provides training and coaching services to pharmacists and pharmacies enabling them to grow their influence, personal and team performance, overcome fear, conflict and inter-personal challenges and harness new opportunities.

Rachel’s expertise supports them to implement new initiatives; adapt to change; protect data assets; support patient-centred care and expand the role of pharmacists as the “go to” centre of excellence at the heart of their communities.

In recognition of her pioneering work as 'The Pharmacist Coach', Rachel was recently recognised by the International Coaching Federation as Ireland’s Life and Wellness Coach of the Year 2015.

Michael McGinty

"Interview skills"

A professional pharmacist with strong business acumen and a track record of success both in Ireland and the UK. A business leader, coach and human resource practitioner with a focus on continuous personal development. A motivational multi-site leader, responsible for implementing and sustaining key change management programmes. A skilled communicator with a track record for engaging, motivating and influencing audiences of all levels, including organizing and delivering at retail strategy conferences. A trained negotiator who has delivered win/win solutions in challenging industrial relations environments.

Emma Pleass

"Retail communication skills"

Since graduating from TCD with a degree in Microbiology, Emma has spent 17 years working for global pharmaceutical companies including GSK, Sanofi & Eli Lilly.

Initially working as a sales representative she developed extensive experience in the fields of sales, marketing, sales management and coaching for performance. As a training manager she was responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of training including training needs analysis, communication skills, leadership development & change management. She has spent time based in Brussels as a global training manager for GSK.

In 2010, motivated by a passion for people development, she established her training and development company, Emma Pleass & Associates, offering bespoke, commercially focussed training solutions and coaching.

Anthony O'Neill

"Closing remarks"

Anthony is Managing Director at Clarity Locums, the fastest growing pharmacy recruitment agency in the country. In just over four years, Clarity has gone from strength to strength by offering a market-leading service that is highly responsive, cost-effective and easy-to-use. Clients (big and small) from all over the country prefer doing business with Clarity and the agency is now one of the largest agencies in the country, has thousands pharmacy professionals on its books and offers a high quality, fast, efficient and effective service.

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Training and coaching services

We are pleased to announce, in conjunction with our HR partners, the availability of a number of training and coaching services. We strongly encourage all Locums, Technicians and Counter Staff to consider participating in these courses. Employers look very favourably on those who have certified training.

Pharmacy dispensing systems
A one-on-one sit-down with an experienced pharmacist. He/she will walk you through some of the industry's most popular commercial software packages. This is a very popular course, especially with Pharmacists who trained outside of Ireland. It also gives Pharmacists the opportunity to chat to the Clarity staff and get a feel for things. We also offer the pharmacy dispensing systems course in groups of two or three.

Length: 1 hour
Format: One-on-one or group
Fee: There is no fee for the use of this service

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Interview skills
An hour long detailed conversation with an experienced pharmacy recruitment expert. He/she will study your CV in advance of your appointment, and interview you as if you were presenting for a real job interview. After the interview, the interviewer will talk you through your interview performance and relay any observations he/she may have made.

Length: 2 hours
Format: One-on-one
Fee: €150

Presentation skills
Throughout the course of your professional career, you will be tasked with communicating ideas to an audience in a clear, concise and effective manner. This comprehensive half-day course provides the answer. This course will help your improve your presentation skills and improve the quality of your communication with your target audience.

Length: half day
Format: Group
Fee: €200

Career planning consultation
This consultation will help you learn how to plan for the next steps in your career and take action to achieve your professional goals. Assess where you are now versus where you would like to be in your career and identify the steps required to get there. Learn about how to structure your plan and to understand the key elements of an effective career plan.

Length: 1 hour
Format: One-on-one
Fee: €150

CV preparation
A 40 minute detailed conversation with an experienced pharmacy recruitment expert. He/she will read through your CV in advance of your appointment, sit down with you and discuss how you can add and/or modify your CV to show off your qualifications, skills and experience in the best possible light.

Length: 40 minutes
Format: One-on-one
Fee: €150