Adjunct Clinical Lecturer Aileen Barry
Name: Ms Aileen Barry
Position: Adjunct Clinical Lecturer
T: 353 (0)21 4901662
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Aileen Barry is currently A/Chief Pharmacist at South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital in Cork where she is also Secretary of the Medication Safety and Drugs & Therapeutics Committees.
Aileen graduated in Pharmacy (B.Sc.(Pharm) from Trinity College Dublin in 1992, completed her pre-reg year at the Adelaide Hospital, Dublin and subsequently worked as a pharmacist at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin (NICU, Aseptic Compounding, Meds in Pregnancy, Obs & Gynae including Pharmacy service to Delivery Suite & Operating Theatres and Infertility Clinic). She completed her M.Sc in Hospital Pharmacy (TCD) at the MANCH Group (Meath, Adelaide & National Children's Hospital) rotating through Cardiology, Endocrinology, Age-related Healthcare, Urology & Vascular Surgery, Paediatrics and ICU) moving to AMNCH when the hospitals merged in 1998 and working as Senior Clinical Pharmacist (Cardiology & Warfarin) and subsequently as Pharmacy Operations Manager & Deputy Head of Pharmacy. As part of that role, she was the Pharmacy lead for the AMNCH response to the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board process and became involved in process improvement at AMNCH, completing Six Sigma certification. During that time, she also supported students (undergraduate, pre-registration and post-graduate up to Ph.D level) as well as developing effective Pharmacy induction training for new pharmacy staff at AMNCH and applying six sigma DMAIC methodology to some of the problems being encountered. Moving to Cork, she taught Sterile Manufacturing at UCC School of Pharmacy in 2008-9 and was a Senior Pharmacist at Marymount University Hospital & Hospice from Feb 2009 until Nov 2020 when she took up her current role. During her time at Marymount, she also supported final year pharmacy student research projects and APPEL students. Having been involved in education and training from the mid-nineties, to augment her skills she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Professions Education in UCC in 2019-20. She developed and delivers the Palliative Care Section of the UCC Postgraduate Masters in Clinical Pharmacy and continues as an APPEL Preceptor and Senior Preceptor.
Ongoing interests include the use of process improvement methodologies based on her experience of the transformative difference these make to improvement efforts and to hospital pharmacy work generally. Understanding the causes of dispensing errors in hospital pharmacy and improving systems for medication safety has been another focus. Aileen has been fortunate to work with many pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians, nurses and doctors over her career who have inspired her ideas on team work, process improvement and the delivery of effective value-adding hospital pharmacy services and safer better care in the real world. She's also keen on discovering what sustains a vibrant professional life across the professional lifespan!