E-Bulletin Issue No 89

Message from the PSS Council

It has been a busy yet rewarding year for PSS. Our annual congress was successfully held with a half-page feature on pharmacists in the Straits Times on 18 August 2013. Our Pharmacy Week was also successfully held from 14-20 October 2013 We have conducted 7 CPEs, 3 workshops and 12 pre-registration pharmacists training sessions. Our Certified Pharmacy Technicial Course is into its 25th intake. Our volunteers have also delivered public education talks and engaged in outreach activities in collaboration with the Northwest Community Developement Council, National University of Singapore Pharmaceutical Society, MOH City for all Ages (Ageing Planning Office) and National Council of Social Services. We launched the Shining Stars initiative to showcase our role models in community pharmacy. The Pharmacists Health Ambassador Programme is in its 7th year and the collaboration with the Agency for Intergrated Care- iCHAMPs was rolled out this year. All in the effort to ensure pharmacists, being an integral part of the healthcare team (no matter which sector we practice in) strive to provide safe and quality care that is accessible and affordable.

Nationally, we are represented in the MOH Nursing Home Standard Workgroup, MOH Telemedicine Guidelines Committee, MOH Medication Safety Taskforce, HPB workgroups, Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore, Singapore Sports Council Anti-Doping Singapore Board. Representation at international pharmacy associations include Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Society (FAPA) and Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum (WPPF).

For that, we have to thank all the volunteers for their selfless commitment, innovation and hard work in making all our activities possible.

There are certainly issues and engagement with the various sectors  we need to improve on and we will continue to work on them.  We welcome any suggestions you might have for us to help engage you better. 

PSS would also like to thank all our members for their unwavering support towards the society and profession. We wish you a most healthy and fulfilling 2014 ahead!

PSS awarded the ESPA Excellent Partnership Award

The Health Products Regulation Group (HPRG), Health Sciences Authority (HSA) organized its inaugural HPRG Excellent Stakeholder & Partnership Awards (ESPA) on 6 Nov 2013. For the first time, HPRG is introducing the ESPA event as a public platform to recognize exemplary behaviour and teamwork demonstrated by HPRG’s stakeholders. PSS was one of the organizations which won the Excellent Partnership Award. 

Mr Ivan Chew (ex-officio of PSS Community Chapter) receiving the award from Guest-of-Honour Dr Amy Khor (Senior Minister of State, Health & Manpower)

SIG Online case studies

Online case studies are back! And to beat it all, its complimentary to all PSS members! 

To access these case studies, simply follow these instructions:-

1. Visit www.pss.org.sg. Under member’s login, key in your user ID and password (your user ID is your PSS membership number). If you forget or do not know the password, click “request new password”, key in your email address and the password will be sent via email to you. (Please contact PSS at 6221 1136 if you need assistance)

2. Upon successful login, go to the Healthcare Professionals tab, under the section “Pharmacist”, click CE Online to access the CE module. Choose the case study you want to access.

3. Complete the assessment and you will be eligible for 1 CPE point (category 3A). However, please note that you will have to submit this claim at the SPC website.

Renewal of PSS membership

You will have received your membership payment advice to renew membership for 2014. If you have any of your particulars changed, please remember to update our secretariat. This is important so that you will continue to receive updates from us. If you have not received any payment advice, kindly contact PSS secretariat at 6221 1136 or email [email protected]

For a list of member’s benefits, please visit www.pss.org.sg/members-benefits

PSS is the only professional body that represents pharmacists in Singapore. To hold to our mission of “Maximizing the contribution of pharmacists to the healthcare of residents in Singapore” we need your support. A strong PSS will enable us to have a louder voice as we strive to advance our profession. Please continue to support or volunteer in our efforts.