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A day in the life of an industry preregistration pharmacist

Aisha Ahmed details a typical working day for a preregistration trainee pharmacist at GSK.

Sara Sawieres

A day in the life of a liver intensive therapy unit pharmacistSubscription

Sara Sawieres details a typical day as lead pharmacist for the liver intensive therapy unit at King’s College Hospital.

Helen Pinney

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

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 technicianSubscription

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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Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council

Autumn prereg assessment pass rate increases for second year in a row

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The number of preregistration trainee pharmacists who passed the autumn registration assessment has increased for the second year in a row, according to the latest results from the General Pharmaceutical Council.

All For pharmacy preregistration trainees

Alison Hemsworth

Alison Hemsworth: supervision, mentoring and flu vaccinesSubscription

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.

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Graham Stretch: biking, climbing and power toolsSubscription

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

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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.

More career Q&As

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Tips to help newly registered pharmacists prepare for revalidation

Once registered, pharmacists need to revalidate each year and the Royal Jizak is here to help, says Janet Till.

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The working lives of pharmacy techniciansSubscription

Emma Wilkinson investigates the effect of expanding pharmacy technician roles on job satisfaction.

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The right ‘fit’: racial bias in pharmacy recruitmentSubscription

Pharmacists provide their thoughts and advice to a colleague concerned about racial discrimination in the workplace.

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Could you offer a veterinary pharmacy service?

The UK is well known as a nation of animal lovers. From agricultural livestock to household pets, this has created a growing niche sector for pharmacy — but how do you get involved?

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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.

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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.

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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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How the shortage of preregistration placements should be addressed

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Final year pharmacy student Mahamoud Ali shares his concerns over fewer numbers of preregistration placements available compared to trainees.

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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.

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Supporting black pharmacy students: how can we improve?

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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

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

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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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