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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.

Stewart Adams, pictured, discoverer of ibuprofen, talks about why he researched the drug and how he tested it on himself

The man who discovered ibuprofenSubscription

Ibuprofen is one of the world’s best selling anti-inflammatory painkillers. Its pioneer, Stewart Adams, now 92 years old, tells Julia Robinson about how and why his discovery came to fruition.

Tina Bayuse (pictured) was the first pharmacist ever to work for NASA and now heads a team of four in its own pharmacy at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.

How Tina Bayuse became the first pharmacist at NASA

Tina Bayuse was the first pharmacist ever to work for NASA and now heads a team of four in its own pharmacy at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.

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Black-African student

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

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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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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.

Pharmacist Marion Westwood, pictured, is a pharmaceutical assessor at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). She explains why she was drawn to the pharmaceutical industry

How I help bring new drugs to patients in EuropeSubscription

Bringing new drugs to market in Europe keeps pharmacist Marion Westwood on her toes.

Carmel Copeland, pictured, is the senior clinical pharmacist for care homes at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust (NHCT)

How I reduce hospital admissions by working as a pharmacist in 77 care homesSubscription

Carmel Copeland is the senior clinical pharmacist for care homes at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust (NHCT).

Sharron Gordon, pictured, is a consultant pharmacist in anticoagulation at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a faculty fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

How I review anticoagulation as a consultant pharmacistSubscription

Being a consultant pharmacist in anticoagulation is varied and exciting, but supporting patients is still the highlight of the job, says Sharron Gordon.

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Ever dreamt of upping sticks and making the move elsewhere? Perhaps to the coast, a pretty village, or maybe to the heart of an exciting, fast-paced city?

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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?

Collage of different awareness days

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.

Students around a table with an illustration of a world map

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.

Many community pharmacists will go on to be owners and managers of their own pharmacies. But what qualities should a pharmacist have to be a successful entrepreneur? In the image, illustration of a man climbing towards a lightbulb

Employee or entrepreneur: what type of pharmacist are you?Subscription

Many community pharmacists will go on to be owners and managers of their own pharmacies. But what qualities should a pharmacist have to be a successful entrepreneur?

In the image, University of Bradford Pharmacy students learn how to deal with patients in the university's mock clinical pharmacy

The five-year pharmacy degree: what have we learnt?Subscription

Proposals for a five-year pharmacy degree – where preregistration training is integrated into undergraduate education – have been discussed since 2011. But how is the programme working in universities that already offer it?

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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

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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