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Roger Knaggs, pharmacist, Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

How a pharmacist made a career in pain and anaesthesiaSubscription

Roger Knaggs is the first pharmacist to be appointed as a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He tells Julia Robinson about his journey into pharmacy and pain management.

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. 

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

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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.

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Anthony McDavitt, primary care pharmacist and independent prescriber in the Shetland Islands

Sheep, supply issues and the Shetland Islands: my life as a pharmacist in rural ScotlandSubscription

Working over 100 miles off the coast of Scotland presents unique challenges and requires health practitioners such as Anthony McDavitt to have generalist skills.

Pearl D’Souza, airport pharmacist at Gatwick Airport

High emotions, high expectations, high flying: my life as an airport pharmacistSubscription

Working in an airport means doing shifts at odd times, running travel clinics and dispensing medicines against the clock, explains Pearl D’Souza.

Jonathon Clarke, pharmacist, entrepreneur and co-founder of Locate a Locum

How locum pharmacy work inspired me to build my own businessSubscription

Pharmacist and entrepreneur Jonathon Clarke explains what led him to create his own business — and why he didn’t give up.

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.

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How pharmacists can resign in the best way possibleSubscription

Resigning can be an awkward experience but it does not mean you have to sever all ties with your current employer. Steve Hemsley finds out the best way to handle your resignation.

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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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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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Special report

RPS annual conference 2016

The 2016 Annual Conference (4–5 September 2016 at the ICC Birmingham) focuses on improved service delivery in pharmacy, clinical excellence and educational reform. Through four conference themes, delegates will engage in sessions that explore important issues that affect pharmacy, while showcasing innovation and best practice.

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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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