Adjunct Clinical Lecturer Keith O’Hourihane

Name: Mr Keith O’Hourihane
Position: Adjunct Clinical Lecturer
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Keith O’Hourihane


Keith O’Hourihane is a Community Pharmacist working as the Superintendent of the Pharmacy First Plus Group in Cork. Keith graduated with MPharm (Hons) from the Robert Gordon University in 1999 and joined the register of pharmacists in Ireland in October 2000.

Having worked for several pharmacy groups, national and multinational, Keith joined with two others in forming a pharmacy group in the summer of 2002. Since then, Keith’s greatest interest is in the development and evolution of the role of the community pharmacist. He believes that community pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals and therefore can help patients in many ways other than solely dispensing prescriptions.

Keith was instrumental in setting up UCC Healthvine to encourage undergraduate pharmacy students to, “think outside the pharmacy box”, helping pharmacy students to develop strategies and informative healthcare campaigns. He continuously supports undergraduate pharmacy students with placements at his pharmacy group and regularly gives of his time to speak with and present his vision to students during their academic year.






To date



Pharmacy First Plus Group, Support Office, “Shournagh House”, Tower, Blarney, Co. Cork.





Company Director and Superintendent Pharmacist

Ensuring company compliance with all rules and regulations that apply to Community Pharmacy and employment legislation

Recruiting pharmacists, including interview processes.

Pharmacy Student Placement coordination

Expanding the role of the pharmacist to include INR testing, HbA1c testing, FeNO testing, pulse oximetry, cholesterol and visceral fat testing.





Sam McCauley Chemists, Blackpool Shopping Centre, Blackpool, Cork

Support Pharmacist






Walsh’s Pharmacy, North Main Street, Youghal, Co. Cork

Managing Pharmacist



Boots The Chemist, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, Scotland

Pre-registration pharmacist


Committee Appointments:

Feb 2019             Member of IIOP Accreditation Review Team - Responding to an Emergency Situation, Including the Management of Anaphylaxis and Parenteral Administration of Medicines Training Programmes.

2017 to date      PSI Fitness to Practise Expert Witness - providing Expert Witness Reports and testimony at Fitness to Practise Inquiries

2017 - 2018        Member of Medicinal Cannabis Expert Reference Group, Department of Health

2017 - 2018        Member of Inspection and Enforcement Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI)

2016                   Chair of an Accreditation Review Team Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) for two CPD programmes on Mental Health

2016                    Chair - Community Pharmacy Subgroup and Steering Group member - Future Pharmacy Practice Project (FPPP) Committee at the PSI

2011 - 2015        Member of PSI Council

2013 - 2015        Chair Pharmacy Practice Development (PPD) Committee of the PSI

2013 - 2015        Member of the inaugural Steering Group of Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP)

2008 - 2010        Chair of Community Pharmacy Committee (CPC) of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU)

2008 - 2010        Southern Region Representative for the IPU

School of Pharmacy


Cavanagh Pharmacy Building Room UG06 University College Cork