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Helen Pinney

A day in the life of a senior primary care pharmacy technician

Helen Pinney details a typical day as a senior primary care pharmacy technician.

Lisa Smith is a paediatric palliative care pharmacy technician with CHAS

A day in the life of a paediatric palliative care pharmacy technician

Lisa Smith details a typical day as a paediatric palliative care pharmacy technician at Children’s Hospices Across Scotland.

Asta Prajapati, mental health pharmacist

The right frame of mindSubscription

Steve Hemsley speaks to Asta Prajapati, the first mental health pharmacist to be awarded £350,000 to develop a medication adherence tool for patients with bipolar disorder.

Julia Whettam, senior pharmacist, North West Ambulance Service clinical hub

A day in the life of an ambulance service pharmacistSubscription

Julia Whettam details a typical day as a senior pharmacist at the North West Ambulance Service clinical hub.

Shivani Patel, pharmacist, with a patient

A day in the life of a GP pharmacistSubscription

Shivani Patel details a typical day as a newly registered GP pharmacist.

Lisa Jamieson

From pharmacist to patient to researcherSubscription

Lisa Jamieson’s self diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome came years after she first became unwell. Here she tells Julia Robinson how she discovered the link between her seemingly unrelated symptoms, and how her research is raising awareness of the connective tissue disorder.

Nikki Holmes, head of pharmacy for forensic services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

How pharmacist Nikki Holmes helps mental health patients on their journey from high secure services to recoverySubscription

Nikki Holmes is head of pharmacy for forensic services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, as well as immediate past president of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. Here she talks to Julia Robinson about forensic mental health, how she entered the field and why she could never go back to “normal” pharmacy.

Karen Baxter is director of content strategy for The Pharmaceutical Press (PhP)

How Karen Baxter's career evolved from clinical pharmacy to content strategy Subscription

Twenty years after registering as a pharmacist, Karen Baxter, director of content strategy for Pharmaceutical Press, reflects on her move into publishing and shares some advice for others considering a similar career change.

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GPhC registration assessment result gap must be closedSubscription

24 SEP 2018

There is still much work to do to reduce disparities in registration assessment results, but the General Pharmaceutical Council’s efforts should hopefully be a move in the right direction.

All For pharmacy preregistration trainees

Alison Hemsworth

Alison Hemsworth: supervision, mentoring and flu vaccines

A minute in the company of one of the most senior pharmacy technicians at NHS England.

Claire Wynn Anderson, academic, pharmacy education advocate and chair of the 2018 FIP World Congress host committee

Claire Anderson: snorkelling, multitasking and FIPSubscription

A minute in the company of the academic, pharmacy education advocate and chair of the 2018 FIP World Congress host committee.

Graham Stretch, 60 seconds

Graham Stretch: biking, climbing and power toolsSubscription

A minute in the company of the multi-award winning primary care pharmacist.

Leyla Hannbeck, 60 seconds montage

Leyla Hannbeck: driving fast, fresh croissants and changing her mind on GDPRSubscription

A minute in the company of the National Pharmacy Association’s director of pharmacy.

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Christine Heading: career breaks, freelancing and following your gutSubscription

A minute in the company of the pharmacist and academic.

Abraham Khodadi, a community and practice pharmacist

Abraham Khodadi: YouTube, BBQs and not playing it safe

A minute in the company of the social media educational video creator. 

Reena Barai, pharmacist, montage

Reena Barai: comfy shoes, having no regrets and living la dolce vitaSubscription

A minute in the company of the pharmacy owner and National Pharmacy Association board member.

Nadira Callachand, pharmacist and pharmacy services manager at Hibernian Healthcare

Training pharmacists in travel healthSubscription

Pharmacist and pharmacy services manager at Hibernian Healthcare, Nadira Callachand, has developed an e-learning travel health vaccination programme for pharmacists, soon to be launched in the UK.

Moonira Hinglotwala, pharmacist, business owner and MasterChef UK 2018 finalist

Mixing medicines and MasterChefSubscription

Pharmacist Moonira Hinglotwala talks about her passion for pharmacy, and her experience on the BBC television show, MasterChef.

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Words from the wise: tips for new pharmacistsSubscription

The Pharmaceutical Journal asked experienced pharmacists on Twitter to give their advice to recently qualified pharmacists starting their new jobs in August 2018 using the hashtag #tipsfornewpharmacists. Here are some of the best responses.

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GP pharmacist contracts: to sign or not to sign?Subscription

Pharmacists give advice to a colleague who has discovered something disturbing in the small print of their contract.

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Medicines optimisation in care homes: the role of the pharmacy professionalSubscription

Care homes have been described as ‘healthcare black holes’, so why should pharmacy professionals work in one? Steve Hemsley discusses the opportunities and challenges.

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What to consider before selecting a preregistration placement

National recruitment to preregistration placements in England and Wales has been conducted through a computerised recruitment tool called ‘Oriel’ for the second consecutive year.

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How to ask for a pay rise

In these difficult times of limited resources, funding cuts, lower profits and reductions in staff, it may have been some time since you have had a pay increase or even considered requesting one — but that does not mean you do not deserve one.

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How to ace pharmacy calculations

Newly qualified pharmacists Abida Begum and Urvasi Patel share their eight tips for tackling the calculations paper in the GPhC registration assessment.

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Six tips on how to use social media to promote your pharmacy Subscription

Steve Hemsley describes how pharmacy professionals can optimise the use of social media to develop and grow their career or business.

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Health technology: learn, grow or become obsoleteSubscription

Steve Hemsley reports on the latest advancements in health technology, how they will affect the careers of pharmacy professionals, and why new technologies should be embraced in order to win the race for relevance.

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The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellow Scheme: from the insideSubscription

With applications for the 2018 Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme closing on 9 April, pharmacists in the UK are encouraged to consider this unique opportunity to expand their professional skills

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From the shop floor to the glass ceilingSubscription

The significance of gender inequality in pharmacy and its potential impact on the careers of female pharmacists.

Discussion during the RPS conference

Pharmacy conferences: to attend or not attend?Subscription

Pharmacy conferences can be a good way to deepen your connection to pharmacy but it is important to be selective 

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Developing the role of the critical care pharmacistSubscription

The evolution of the critical care pharmacist — from lone practitioner to integral multidisciplinary team member.

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Supporting the supporterSubscription

With ever increasing stressors placed on the healthcare sector, it is important that pharmacy professionals are able to look after their own health and wellbeing. But who can pharmacy professionals turn to when they are the ones in need of support? 

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Tech pioneers: pharmacists in technology and software developmentSubscription

Technology enables better healthcare, so it comes as no surprise that many pharmacists are dedicating their careers to developing digital solutions to optimise patient health outcomes.

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Civilian pharmacy roles in the Ministry of DefenceSubscription

A large number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are currently working in various capacities in the Defence Medical Services, safeguarding the health of our military personnel. Saša Jankovic discovers what opportunities and challenges face pharmacy staff in the DMS.

Group photo of the Medicines Management Team (MMT) at Bay Medical Group, Lancashire

The medicines management team: a sustainable approach to pharmacist and GP collaborationSubscription

Steve Hemsley explains how pharmacists in Bay Medical Group’s Medicines Management Team have become instrumental in easing the burden of GP shortages in Lancashire.

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What the changes to the apprenticeship levy mean for pharmacySubscription

Changes to the apprenticeship levy in England came into force in April 2017, meaning that regardless of the size of your pharmacy business, the apprenticeship programme should be seen as an opportunity to strengthen your workforce. Vanessa Kingsbury and Nick Marler explain what these changes mean and how the pharmacy team can make the most of them.

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How to get the most from your summer placement

You have been successful in your application for a summer placement, but now what? In this article, Karen Gunnell and Kerry Neville discuss what to do and what not to do before, during, and after a placement, and how to get the most out of the experience.

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Media training and media-facing roles in pharmacySubscription

Pharmacy is too often left out of the media conversation on key healthcare issues, so it is important to strengthen our presence across all sectors, through both mainstream and social media. Gareth Malson explores how media training benefits both pharmacists and pharmacy.

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The importance of improving GP and community pharmacy relationsSubscription

The relationship between community pharmacy and general practice has undergone significant changes over recent years, from a transactional one to that of co-managing the care of patients. However, these changes have brought new challenges. Saša Jankovic reports.

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pharmacy students from Cairo University attend a Clinical Pharmacy School at the University of Manchester

An amazing summer experience at the University of Manchester, School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy students from Cairo University attended a Clinical Pharmacy Summer School at the University of Manchester 

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The curious life of a prison pre-registration trainee

Xinyu (Lisa) Yu describes her experience of completing her pre-registration training in a prison.

Students sitting their preregistration exam

Supporting black pharmacy students: how can we improve?


Mahendra Patel urges the pharmacy profession to do more for BAME students.

Mental health first aiders, Queen’s University Belfast School of Pharmacy

Mental health first aid for students needing support

Queen’s University Belfast School of Pharmacy have formed a student-led mental health and well-being team to help safeguard the health of every student.

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Overcoming an early career setback


Aamer Safdar describes the preregistration experience which defined the rest of his career

Junel Ahmed, 2018 BPSA president

Introducing Junel Ahmed — 2018/2019 BPSA president


Junel Ahmed, recently elected British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association president, speaks about his pharmacy journey, why he chose to run for president and his hopes for the future.

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Apprenticeships: putting community into community pharmacy

Marc Krishek from North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee highlights the benefits of pharmacies taking on an apprentice and how Local Pharmaceutical Committees can help.

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Special report

FIP 2018

The theme of the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is 'Pharmacy: Transforming outcomes!'.

The 2018 FIP congress in Glasgow, Scotland, brought together pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists from around the world to consider ways of extending the role of pharmacists so that they play a full part in ensuring patients, and health systems, achieve full benefit from the medicines people take.

This is the first time that the FIP World Congress has been held in the UK for nearly 40 years. The last time was in 1979, making this a truly unique learning opportunity for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in Great Britain.

UK healthcare company RB was Gold Sponsor of this year’s congress.

A reference you need

Registration Exam Questions IV helps pharmacy trainees to revise for their GPhC registration assessment with a comprehensive bank of questions on a range of topics likely to be covered in the exam.


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