We are happy to announce the recredentialing success of Kyra Sycamore, Ciara Ni Dhubhlaing and Jane Riley.
This may be a first time our recredentialing news has demonstrated to such an extent the breadth of our international membership. On this occasion we have Ireland, New Zealand and the UK all represented!
The first of our trio to recredential is Kyra Sycamore. Kyra is a specialist mental health pharmacist at Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. She also co-convenes the mental health special interest group of the New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists’ Association.
Kyra works with adults with chronic conditions, the child and adolescent mental health team, the eating disorder service, and the mothers and babies’ mental health service.
She is interested in how individuals react differently to medicines. She says:
“Mental health can be a very grey area whereas other areas of medicine can be quite black and white. Getting medicines right for an individual can be more of a puzzle than for physical health and I really enjoy that challenge.”
Kyra was interviewed by the NZ publication Pharmacy Today earlier in the year: https://www.pharmacytoday.co.nz/article/news/pharmacist-provides-highly-developed-mental-healthcare-canterbury
Ciara Ni Dhubhlaing
Ciara Ni Dhubhlaing is the Senior Pharmacist at St.Patricks University Hospital in Dublin. She is on the National Executirve Committee of the Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ireland as well as serving on CMHP Council.
As CMHP Assistant Registrar, Ciara is very familiar with the credentialing and recredentialing process. She commented:
“This was my first time to recredential, the last 5 years have flown by! I was worried I wouldn’t have much to write about but with some encouragement from the Registrar to reflect on what I have learned through changes in my role and my work on Council I suddenly found myself having to cut down on the word count! It has been a rewarding and confidence-boosting exercise and I will use it to prompt my continuing progress and development for the next five years.”
Jane Riley is Chief Pharmacist at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She is committed to ensuring quality patient care is at the heart of everything her team does. When asked about the most rewarding aspect of her role she says it is: “feeling that the pharmacy team’s work ensures our patients get the best from their medicines.”
She found that being recognised by her peers as being an expert in mental health pharmacy was really important to her, particularly since moving to a more senior role where she is not often directly involved in patient care.
CMHP Registrar Roz Gittins says: “although Kyra, Ciara and Jane are all working in very different roles they have each demonstrated strong leadership and a high standard of expertise. They bring a lot to the field of mental health pharmacy and I am delighted to confirm their continued credentialed status.”
Credentialing is our process for assessing members' knowledge and experience; it demonstrates that they are experts in the field of mental health pharmacy. Credentialed members are full members of the College and can carry the post-nominals MCMHP. Credentialed members are invited to recredential every five years.
For more information about credentialing with the College please see theCredentialing web pages.