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Sarah Billington, head of medicines optimisation at the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

How Sarah Billington helps improve medicines use across EnglandSubscription

Sarah Billington explains why and how she leads medicines optimisation at the Care Quality Commission.

Richard Hough is a partner at Brabners LLP and a pharmacist

Law and pharmacy: a dual careerSubscription

Richard Hough is a partner at Brabners LLP, a commercial law firm in north west England, where he established a specialist pharmacy law team. He has been also a pharmacist for 26 years, a role which he says sets him apart from nearly every other legal adviser. 

Claire Ward, chair of Pharmacy Voice

How Claire Ward helps to give community pharmacy a voiceSubscription

Claire Ward became the youngest female MP at the age of 24. She tells Emma Page about her career and explains why she now leads community pharmacy as chair of Pharmacy Voice.

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Pass rate for new GPhC registration assessment reaches four-year high

1 AUG 2016By

The pass rate for candidates who took the revamped registration assessment for new pharmacists in June 2016 is the highest it’s been for four years, the General Pharmaceutical Council has revealed.

Black-African student

GPhC sheds light on lower pass rates in Black-African pharmacy students

11 JUL 2016By

An investigation into why Black-African trainee pharmacists perform less well in the registration assessments has been carried out by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the results suggest they could be more likely to struggle because many are also mature or overseas students.

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Jerry Fahrni, consultant in pharmacy informatics

Technology and pharmacy: my role as a pharmacist in informaticsSubscription

Pharmacy informatics involves working with new technology, automation and information systems.

Andrew Sturrock

How I encourage patients to take part in research in GP practicesSubscription

As a clinical research pharmacist in a GP practice, Andrew Sturrock’s first project will be looking at the development of diabetes.

Owen Wood works as a ‘flying’ pharmacist for Médicins San Frontières (MSF)

What I do as a flying pharmacist in Democratic Republic of CongoSubscription

As a pharmacist working for an international charity, Owen Wood shares his knowledge of mass vaccination and medicines procurement.

Graham Mould, pharmacist expert witness

What I do as a pharmacist expert witnessSubscription

Advising a solicitor about a drink driving case led Graham Mould to become a pharmacist expert witness.

Bernadette Brown, independent prescriber and pharmacy owner, with her daughters at the 2016 Scottish Pharmacist Awards

What makes my community pharmacy specialSubscription

Being a community pharmacy owner and an independent prescriber enables professional autonomy for pharmacists, writes Bernadette Brown.

Surgical pharmacist, Neetu Bansal

What I learnt in a year as a scholar at the National Institute for Health and Care ExcellenceSubscription

Neetu Bansal is looking into how pharmacists can support the recovery of patients with colorectal disease as part of a project for her National Institute for Health and Care Excellence scholarship.

Jilly Croasdale is head of radiopharmacy and associate director of healthcare science at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

What my career in radiopharmacy involvesSubscription

Radiopharmacy involves the manufacture of sterile radioactive medicines which are used as part of nuclear medicine studies.

Christine Rowlands, senior practitioner and clinical pathways lead with medicines management for the Health and Justice services

What I do as a pharmacist in the prison serviceSubscription

An interest in substance misuse led pharmacist Christine Rowlands to work in Health and Justice services.

Mark Stuart standing in front of the 2012 Olympics logo

My role as a pharmacist at the Rio 2016 OlympicsSubscription

Finding out an athlete has been cheating by taking banned substances is the hardest part of being a pharmacist at the Olympic Games, says Mark Stuart.

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Pharmacy technical services: what it involves and who can work in this areaSubscription

Pharmacy technical services include aseptic dispensing and preparation, production, radiopharmacy and quality assurance and control. Jennifer Richardson finds out why the role is so vital and rewarding.

Members of the Team Up is a volunteering programme

Why pharmacy students should volunteer with Team UpSubscription

Team Up is a volunteering programme that partners trainee and student healthcare professionals with organisations that help disadvantaged communities. Here, four pharmacy students talk about the projects they participated in.

Snapshot of Warman-Freed pharmacy during busy hours of the day

Structured training for community pharmacy staffSubscription

Finding the time and money to train pharmacists and pharmacy team members is not easy but there are business advantages of having well-trained staff, including a more knowledgeable and productive workforce.

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How to revise for the new pharmacy registration assessmentSubscription

Nadia Bukhari and Harsha Parmar provide tips for preregistration trainees sitting the registration assessment in its new format.

Pharmacist takes the blood pressure of a female patient

All you need to know about GP practice pharmacistsSubscription

The first pharmacists are about to start work under a new pharmacists in GP practices scheme. What do existing practice pharmacists do and how will the new roles differ?

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Using awareness days to further your pharmacy businessSubscription

Every day, week and month in the UK there is an attempt to raise awareness or money for one cause or another – from ‘Love your liver’ throughout January to ‘Anger awareness week’ in December. How can pharmacists use these events to make a profit and promote their services?

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What value does RPS Faculty membership add to pharmacists’ career portfolios?Subscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty offers the opportunity for pharmacists to seek professional recognition. Gareth Malson investigates what membership means in terms of employability and pay.

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How preregistration training reflects pharmacy practice across the worldSubscription

‘Basic bootcamp training’ is how Northern Ireland agency Locate a Locum Now describes the preregistration training year that all graduate students must undergo in order to register as a pharmacist.

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How students at the University of Manchester are promoting inter-professional education


Healthcare students at the University of Manchester have set up a society to improve inter-professional learning. Pharmacy student Linda Owens describes its most popular event, the clinical skills evening.

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Hepatitis awareness

Hepatitis is usually caused by a viral infection but can also result from liver damage caused by drinking alcohol. People infected with the hepatitis A or B virus usually recover in a couple of months. But over 200,000 people in the UK are affected by Hepatitis C. After years or even decades, infection can lead to liver damage that is potentially life-threatening. On this page are a number of articles related to hepatitis, including coverage of the advent of new and highly effective drugs for Hepatitis C, how they work and also the struggle for the health system to afford them.

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A reference you need

Registration Exam Questions IV

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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