NLPB Registrar Announces Intention to Retire

Registrar, Margot Priddle, has announced her intention to retire from her position with NLPB in the fall of 2022. Margot has served as Registrar of NLPB for the last decade, with many noted advancements to the pharmacy profession and its regulation taking place under her leadership.  Please read the full retirement announcement, available on the NLPB website for more details regarding Margot’s tenure as Registrar.

NLPB has contracted Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette to begin the process of recruiting a new Registrar.

New NLPB Registrant Portal Coming Soon!

In order to better support registrants, NLPB is moving to a new registrant portal. As of Monday, May 2, 2022, the registrant portal was no longer accessible in order to allow for the transfer of information, including all registrant profiles and learning portfolio records (CEs). NLPB is expecting the launch of the new registrant portal by the end of June. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to introducing our enhanced portal to you in the near future.

Please note: Registrants and applicants should expect processing times of 3-5 business days on any applications or requests submitted during this time.

NLPB’s Public Register

The Public Register is currently available by download only.

As NLPB moves to a new registrant portal, the current registrant portal from which the Public Register is generated is currently not accessible. As such, the register will be updated manually as registrant or licensee information changes. The date of the last update can be viewed above the links to each section of the register on the website. Should you have any questions or need further clarification regarding NLPB registrants and/or licensed pharmacies, please contact us at inforx@nlpb.ca.

The NLPB Team

SPOTLIGHT ON QUALITY ASSURANCE

NLPB’s Quality Assurance (QA) team is responsible for administering the QA program. The QA team aims to advance continuous quality improvement processes so that the program can have the greatest impact on the quality and safety of pharmacy practice.

 

NOELLE PATTEN (SHE/HER)
Noelle is the Associate Registrar at NLPB who oversees the Quality Assurance and Licencing portfolios.

Over the past 8 years, she has visited most community and hospital pharmacies in the province to assist them with meeting NLPB standards for pharmacy operation and practice. She is also responsible for ensuring pharmacy professionals meet their yearly professional development requirements and practice expectations, which includes coordinating the activities of the Professional Development Review Committee and Quality Assurance Committee.

Noelle graduated from Memorial University’s School of Pharmacy in 2006. For the first 8 years of her career, she enjoyed practicing in community pharmacy, with a focus on management of Opioid Use Disorder. Joining NLPB further sparked her interest in health policy, leading her to complete a graduate degree in Health Management from McMaster University and a Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Noelle is passionate about optimizing pharmacy professionals’ roles within the health system to improve access to healthcare and health outcomes.  She looks forward to continuing to learn about effective regulation and quality improvement strategies.

 

 

 

KEN WALSH (HE/HIM)
Ken is a practice consultant and pharmacy practice site assessor for hospital pharmacies with NLPB’s QA Team.

In this position, he conducts assessments of hospital pharmacies and addresses practice questions from hospital pharmacy professionals throughout the province. Over the past 3 years, he has been leading hospital pharmacy teams through the implementation of new standards for sterile and non-sterile compounding, which represent a significant change to compounding practice and pharmacy infrastructure. To prepare him for this key role, Ken received sterile compounding inspector training at Critical Point in the United States and maintains this skillset through continuing education. He also represents NLPB on NAPRA’s sterile compounding standards working group.

Ken is a graduate of the College of Trades and Technology Pharmacy Program and has a Bachelor of Technology (Health Science) degree from Memorial University. He is well-positioned to mentor hospital pharmacy teams, as he worked as a hospital pharmacist for 34 years, the last 25 years of which he was the Regional Director of Pharmacy for Western Health. Ken looks forward to bringing hospital pharmacy teams to the “finish line” in meeting compounding standards and continuing to grow the hospital pharmacy practice site assessment program.

 

 

 

RHEYA WHITE (THEY/THEM)
Rheya is a practice consultant and practice site assessor for community pharmacies as part of the QA team.

Presently Rheya works with pharmacy professionals across the province, providing guidance on questions related to pharmacy practice and operational standards. Additionally, they facilitate practice site assessments for community pharmacies, working directly with pharmacists-in-charge to promote quality assurance and continuous quality improvement within a community pharmacy setting.

Rheya entered the profession in 2008 upon graduating from Memorial University’s School of Pharmacy. Since that time, they have had the opportunity to work with a variety of community pharmacy teams as a pharmacist, pharmacy district manager, and now as a member of NLPB’s QA team. Rheya looks forward to their continued work with others in hopes of ensuring safe, progressive and equitable care for all.

 

 

 

2021 Annual Report

NLPB’s 2021 Annual Report is now available for viewing online at https://nlpb.ca/media/Annual-Report-2021.pdf

The report showcases NLPB’s achievements and highlights the challenges overcome during the year, as well as provides updates on registration and licensing, quality assurance, professional practice, and complaints and discipline.

 

Regular reminders

  • Registrant Contact Information – Registrants are responsible for ensuring that the contact information on their registrant profile, including email address and practice site, is accurate at all times. The NLPB primarily uses email communication to send newsletters, renewal reminders, practice site assessment information, professional development audit information, calls for interest for committees, and other alerts. If the email address on file is incorrect, important information may be missed and/or disclosed to the wrong person. If your contact information changes, please log into the NLPB Online Registrant Portal to update your file with your new contact information as soon as you can.
  • Application Submission –NLPB receives many applications for processing. Unfortunately, some of the applications submitted are illegible, incomplete, or missing supporting documentation or payment, leading to delays in processing and approving the application. In order to ensure that your application is processed in a timely manner, please take a moment before submission to ensure that all fields are completed and legible and that all supporting documentation is included. These small steps will help improve the process for both the applicant and NLPB.

 

This e-newsletter contains information on a wide variety of topics intended to enhance the practice of pharmacy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As it is published and circulated to all registrants on a monthly basis, it is the expectation of NLPB that all registrants are aware of the matters contained therein.



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