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Bugewa Apampa, pharmacist and one of just 18 black female professors in the UK

How Bugewa Apampa overcame the odds to launch a new pharmacy degreeSubscription

Pharmacist Bugewa Apampa has recently launched a new professional pharmacy degree at the University of Sussex. Here, she tells Julia Robinson about her journey to professorship.

Pharmacist Ana Martinez speaks during the Congress of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

How Ana Martinez helped tackle the HIV epidemic

Pharmacist Ana Martinez explains how involving pharmacists in HIV clinical trials earned her the highest honour from the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

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.

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Rachel Macdonald, professional services pharmacist for PCT Healthcare Ltd

How Rachel Macdonald got involved in research in a community pharmacySubscription

Rachel Macdonald, professional services pharmacist for PCT Healthcare Ltd, recently participated in the Salford Lung Study in community pharmacy.

Davina Lau, oncology pharmacist at London Bridge Hospital

My life as an oncology pharmacist in a private hospitalSubscription

Oncology pharmacist Davina Lau describes the intensity of working with patients who are having treatment for cancer.

Vanessa Kingsbury, managing director of Buttercups Training, and Tony Allen, chief executive of apprenticeship and skills consultants at AAS Ltd

How the apprenticeship levy will affect your businessSubscription

The apprenticeship levy is changing and will affect all employers. Vanessa Kingsbury and Tony Allen explain how your business can benefit.

Ross Wardle of Newport Gwent Dragons is tackled by Ulrich Beyers of Zebre

Trying hard: how I tackle my career as a professional rugby player and working as a pharmacist

As a professional rugby player and pharmacist, Ross Wardle fields questions from his colleagues about doping and is concerned about long-term health problems associated with the sport.

Adam Grainger, senior medicines performance pharmacist and special constable for the police

On the beat: my career as a police officer and pharmacistSubscription

Pharmacist Adam Grainger’s first arrest has so far been his most exciting moment as a special constable.

Bav Heer, pharmacist and television presenter holds a clapperboard

Lights, camera, action: my career as a pharmacist and television presenterSubscription

Presenting live television to a global audience in two different languages every morning is a positive stress, says Bav Heer.

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.

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Headaches in children: an unmet need

Pharmacist Christine Glover discusses the need for greater awareness and better management of paediatric headache in community pharmacy.

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How your hobbies can boost your careerSubscription

Steve Hemsley investigates the interesting hobbies of pharmacists and how the skills they gain translate into career skills.

Lecturer in classroom full of students

How pharmacists can get into a career in academia

A career in academia means the opportunity to publish research and support future members of the profession, while often still retaining the ability to practise pharmacy. Steve Hemsley finds out how pharmacists can get started in the sector.

A writers' desk with different pharmacy-related magazines and publications

What a career in publishing has to offer pharmacistsSubscription

The media is a highly competitive industry and perhaps one that most pharmacists would not have considered exploring as a career option. However, there are many pharmacists who work in publishing.

Pharmacist stocks and checks various drugs

Careers in pharmacy procurement: medicines, management and moneySubscription

Jennifer Richardson finds out what type of professionals work in pharmacy procurement and why it may be a more interesting career option than you think.

Doctor and trainee with a patient

Placements for pharmacy students and trainees in GP practices and primary careSubscription

Preregistration trainees can now take advantage of opportunities in primary care. Gareth Malson finds out more.

Sallianne Kavanagh, a pharmacist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Practical ways pharmacists can gain leadership skillsSubscription

Sasa Jankovic takes a practical look at how pharmacists can seek opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

A candidate during an interview talks with the interviewees

Seven of the hardest pharmacy interview questions and how to answer themSubscription

Some questions asked in job interviews can be a challenge, even for an experienced pharmacist. What are prospective employers hoping to find out from the trickiest questions and how should you tackle them?

Close up of person signing a resignation letter

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 in the UK: a perspective from Hong Kong

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Choy Tsun Ho and Ho Wing Hei Phoebe, two undergraduate pharmacy students from Hong Kong, describe their experiences of UK pharmacy during an exchange programme in 2016.

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Special report

Summary care record

A one-off £200 payment will be awarded to each England-based community pharmacy contractor when the summary care record (SCR) service is activated before 31 March 2017, and pharmacies using the SCR can earn points through the Quality Payments scheme — which could be worth up to £1,280. Learn more about the service and how to use it with The Pharmaceutical Journal’s special report on the SCR.

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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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