Individual success hinges on the collective professionalism and competence of a team, says Ade Williams
How to get your foot in the door with foot careSubscription
In this Q&A — as part of a campaign by The Pharmaceutical Journal and RB — Peter Bettles explains how his pharmacy-based foot clinic meets his patients’ needs while boosting business.
The opportunities for pharmacists within the community services sector are huge, says James Andrews.
Nick Thayer has always been vocal about the value and importance of local pharmacy services. Here, he describes how he is leading their development to ensure that community pharmacy remains a priority.
What neuroscience pharmacist Viv Horton does for movement disorder and Parkinson's servicesSubscription
As a neuroscience pharmacist, Viv Horton sees patients in a movement disorder clinic and Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit, and delivers ward-based medicines optimisation services covering neurology, neurosurgery, neurorehabilitation and stroke services.
As a British overseas territory located around 600 miles off the coast of the United States, Bermuda’s lack of a national healthcare system and borrowed legislation present unique challenges. John Bentley decribes his role and the benefits of island life.
As pharmacist lead for medicines optimisation across Defence Medical Services, Helena Pickin ensures high-quality, cost-effective prescribing in the UK and overseas. Here, she explains why and how she embarked on a career with the Ministry of Defence.
Simon Harris describes his experience in developing and delivering a range of education programmes for pharmacy professionals, as well as the reasons why he became a tutor, and the benefits this has brought to his career.
The multidisciplinary holistic assessment and rapid investigation team assesses, investigates and treats referred patients with multiple complex medical and rehabilitation needs. Clinical pharmacist Rania Hallaq talks about the demands of running a clinic, problem-solving and managing complex patients.
What pharmacist Sini Eskola does at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)Subscription
Forming a view on complicated matters, involving legislation and policy, which influence many parts of pharmaceutical industry businesses, is an important challenge, says Sini Eskola.
As a multi-site pharmacy manager for LloydsPharmacy and lead pharmacist based in the Carleton Clinic, a mental health hospital in Carlisle, John Mowat talks about his career and role in providing the medication supply service for Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust.
As a community pharmacist, Roger Humbles is aware of the increased levels of illness, deaths and pressure on the NHS in winter. Here, he talks about publicity and running his own pharmacy.
Annie Pannelay works in the healthcare practice of the Economist Intelligence Unit — as a pharmacist, not a journalist.
Heading for Hollywood: how community pharmacist Iqbal Mohammed ended up screening his films across the worldSubscription
Balancing working as a pharmacist with writing, directing and producing films means finding time can be a challenge, says Iqbal Mohammed.
Rachel Macdonald, professional services pharmacist for PCT Healthcare Ltd, recently participated in the Salford Lung Study in community pharmacy.
Oncology pharmacist Davina Lau describes the intensity of working with patients who are having treatment for cancer.
The apprenticeship levy is changing and will affect all employers. Vanessa Kingsbury and Tony Allen explain how your business can benefit.
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.
Pharmacist Adam Grainger’s first arrest has so far been his most exciting moment as a special constable.
Presenting live television to a global audience in two different languages every morning is a positive stress, says Bav Heer.
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.
Working in an airport means doing shifts at odd times, running travel clinics and dispensing medicines against the clock, explains Pearl D’Souza.
Pharmacist and entrepreneur Jonathon Clarke explains what led him to create his own business — and why he didn’t give up.
Pharmacy informatics involves working with new technology, automation and information systems.
As a clinical research pharmacist in a GP practice, Andrew Sturrock’s first project will be looking at the development of diabetes.
As a pharmacist working for an international charity, Owen Wood shares his knowledge of mass vaccination and medicines procurement.
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.
What makes my community pharmacy specialSubscription
Being a community pharmacy owner and an independent prescriber enables professional autonomy for pharmacists, writes Bernadette Brown.
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.
What my career in radiopharmacy involvesSubscription
Radiopharmacy involves the manufacture of sterile radioactive medicines which are used as part of nuclear medicine studies.
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.
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.
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 is the senior clinical pharmacist for care homes at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust (NHCT).
Being a consultant pharmacist in anticoagulation is varied and exciting, but supporting patients is still the highlight of the job, says Sharron Gordon.
How to make a successful RPS Faculty applicationSubscription
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty recognises pharmacists for their professional achievements. Faculty assessor and journalist Asha Fowells explains what is involved when applying for membership.
Patients undergoing gender reassignment can find it difficult to get the medicines they need because of how services are commissioned.
Pharmacy professionals have to complete continuing professional development (CPD) activities as a requirement to remain on the pharmacy register. How can they best capitalise on these opportunities for learning?
After discovering Twitter, Mr Dispenser started a blog on community pharmacy — which eventually became a book.
Practising veterinary pharmacy offers flexibility and creativity that the traditional sectors do not, writes Rob Morris.
How we refurbished a famous London pharmacySubscription
John Bell & Croyden pharmacy, which first opened over 200 years ago and holds the Royal warrant, has just had a £4m makeover.
Working in pricing at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee gives Harpreet Chana the opportunity to educate and support pharmacists.
By working in HIV medicine, Ghadeer Muqbill can stay on top of the latest research in drugs and best practice.
Ensuring the quality of medicines manufacturers takes inspector David Churchward across the world.
Why I enjoy inspecting pharmacies for the GPhCSubscription
Inspecting pharmacies for the General Pharmaceutical Council gives Helen Jackson the opportunity to engage the pharmacy team and see services improve.
A career in homecare enables pharmacist Tariq Atchia to work at the interface of community and hospital pharmacy.
Role-emerging placements enable pharmacy students in all years to work with members of the public and learn about their needs.
As a Diabetes UK clinical champion, Elizabeth Hackett aims to help pharmacists play a bigger role in the healthcare of patients with diabetes.
Community pharmacists in Canada are delivering a new type of mental health service called the Bloom Program.
A career in chemotherapy and nutritionSubscription
Independent prescriber Priya Mistry (pictured) has been working as the lead pharmacist in nutrition and peritoneal malignancy at ...
Getting the right medicines at the right priceSubscription
Organisation and delegation are essential skills in a procurement role.
Charity Pharmacist Support explains how pharmacists can prevent and overcome their own health issues.
Manufacturing medicines in the aseptics unitSubscription
Ensuring that medicines are manufactured to the highest quality is a major part of a pharmacy production manager’s role.
The option of shared parental leave in the UK following a birth or adoption gives couples more flexibility.
Improved outcomes for mental health patients, including reduced length of hospital stay, is a major aim of a new pharmacist role in Wigan.
Bench rounds at Northwick Park Hospital help promote the prudent use of antimicrobials.
Anisha Patel is the only pharmacist working for the National Ambulance service in Abu Dhabi. Here, she describes her role in expanding the pharmacy — and developing services for the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Rajiv Dhir is senior prescribing adviser for the Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group in London. He explains why working in primary care allows him to be both a practitioner and a manager.
Pharmacists who have not practised for a while may feel daunted about the prospect of returning to work. Michelle Styles, from the Centre of Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, explains what to expect and what you can do to prepare.
Setting up a pharmacy on GP premises: the lawSubscription
Pharmacy owners may have considered locating their businesses on GP premises to increase their dispensing volume. However, they need to ensure they are acting within the law.
Lindsay Smith has been lead pharmacist in emergency medicine at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for two years. She describes what the role involves and why it suits her.
Advice on securing a bank loan to buy a pharmacySubscription
Most would-be pharmacy owners have to secure funding from a bank to set up a business. Sean Dixon, head of Business Services Group at the Royal Bank of Scotland, describes what you can expect from your advisers — and what they expect from you.
Supporting pharmacist prescribers in the UKSubscription
Pharmacist prescribers in the North East of England were asked to explain what they used their qualification for and what problems they face. David Gibson describes what the survey showed.
Advocating community pharmacy in EuropeSubscription
In his role at the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Jamie Wilkinson spends his time promoting community pharmacy in a variety of ways. Here, he describes the travelling, presenting and networking associated with the job.
Teaching pharmacy students in NamibiaSubscription
Newcastle-based pharmacist Nicola Rudall took a career break to teach clinical pharmacy to students in Namibia, in south-western Africa. Here, she describes the challenges she encountered and why this role is so vital.
Pharmacists in Leeds have created a new pre-registration placement, where trainees split their time between a clinical commissioning group (CCG) and a hospital. Sue Alldred, care homes pharmacist at Leeds South and East CCG, describes the process.
Supporting vulnerable patients with addictionSubscription
In her role as an advanced pharmacist in addictions, Elizabeth Marr supports patients who often face prejudice in society. Here, she describes the challenges she faces.
The pharmacy department at Watford General Hospital recently introduced longer weekend working hours. Operational manager Sue Schechter describes how they made the changes without causing too much disruption to the staff.
Newly registered pharmacists have been given the opportunity to work with GPs in southern England as part of a programme run by a consortium of GP surgeries. Ravi Sharma, senior primary care pharmacist and quality assurance lead, explains how the programme was set up and what it has achieved.
Pharmacist Mark Duman helps organisations improve their services and products by involving patients and the public. He advocates sharing knowledge with patients to help them make informed choices about their healthcare.
Researcher Amira Guirguis is designing a model to improve on-site identification of new psychoactive substances of misuse. She explains why the work is vital to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and prevent avoidable deaths.
In her role as principal research fellow at the Drug Safety Research Unit, Deborah Layton uses principles of pharmacoepidemiology to develop studies to help assess the safety of drugs.
Hospital pharmacist Anish Patel moved to Qatar in 2014 to help set-up a new women and children’s hospital in Doha. Here, he describes his role in establishing an electronic prescribing system.
Independent prescriber and pharmacist Tejal Sangani opened her own aesthetics clinic, SaRivaa, in 2011. Here, she explains how her pharmacy background comes in handy.
Reema Caddies splits her time working between urgent care helpline NHS 111 at Yorkshire Ambulance Service and managing medicines for Local Care Direct, which operates an out-of-hours GP service.
Volunteering as a pharmacist in TanzaniaSubscription
Pharmacist Claire Liew spent 18 months volunteering at St Walburg’s hospital in Tanzania with Voluntary Service Overseas. Here, she describes what she learnt — and hints that her adventures abroad might not be over yet.
Derek Woodcock is a Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance and works as a consultant for a variety of pharmaceutical companies. Here, he explains why pharmacovigilance does not have to be seen as the department of “bad news”.
Superintendent pharmacist Omar El-Gohary enjoys the challenge of combining medicines, business and technology expertise in his role at online pharmacy Chemist Direct.
As a medical science liaison, Lisa McCluskey travels worldwide presenting medical information. She has now been appointed final medical signatory, a role recently made available to pharmacists.
Improving soldiers’ health from the front lineSubscription
Army pharmacists must always be prepared for the unexpected. Senior pharmacist Robert Liddington, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel, explains why and how he embarked on a career with the Ministry of Defence.
Showcasing life as a community pharmacistSubscription
Teacher-practitioner Elizabeth Scahill divides her time between lecturing university students and training pharmacy staff.
Putting clinical information at your fingertipsSubscription
Harvinder Sondh uses his background as a pharmacist to help design online tools to assist pharmacists and pharmacutical scientists.
In a bid to have more patient contact, pharmacist Tejas Khatau qualified as an independent prescriber. Here, he explains how he is using this qualification in a clinic
Clinical research: see it, do it, lead itSubscription
Pavitar Gandham and colleagues at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust explain what it is like to be some of the first pharmacists to become NIHR trainee research fellows
Making a difference to how you practiseSubscription
RPS Support pharmacist Rakhee Amin explains her role advising other pharmacists
A pioneer of care home pharmacySubscription
Zeshan Ahmed talks about his role advising on elderly care medicine and GP prescribing
How I came to be a pharmacy ownerSubscription
Pharmacist Rob Pitt shares his thoughts on building good relationships within pharmacy
As applications for the RPS Faculty roll in, Jeff Mills speaks to Faculty fellow and assessor Peter Hylands about his career so far
A varied yet grounded career in pharmacy practice Subscription
Royal Pharmaceutical Society fellow Deborah Evans has found her career to be continually rewarding.
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