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Welcome to Tomorrow’s Pharmacist — your one-stop shop for information and resources about a career in pharmacy. Whether you are a pharmacy student, preregistration trainee, newly registered pharmacist or someone considering studying pharmacy, we have a bank of useful and informative resources to assist you. If you would like to see a particular topic covered, contribute an article or join our growing community of bloggers, let us know.

How to dress so you look professional, presentable and approachable in a pharmacy

Look sharp! How to dress so you look professional, presentable and approachable in a pharmacySubscription

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Do you need to wear a white coat to be taken seriously? Sasa Jankovic finds out that it is attitude more than appearance that influences customers’ perceptions of you.

Steps to secure a summer placement in a community pharmacy

How you can secure a summer placement in community pharmacy

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Applications for those all-important community pharmacy summer placements are open now. Here’s how you can secure your place.

Becoming an independent prescriber

How to become an independent prescriberSubscription

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Gaining a non-medical prescribing qualification allows pharmacists to diagnose conditions and prescribe medicines to patients. If you are innovative in your practice and think laterally, many opportunities present themselves, says independent prescriber Anja St Clair Jones.

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Which career pathway: community or hospital pharmacy?Subscription

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Are you trying to decide between the hospital and community sectors? Gareth Malson explains what you can expect from both, including responsibilities, salaries and career progression.

The use of zero-hour contracts — especially in skilled professions such as the NHS — has long been controversial. On one hand, the NHS saves money by only paying people as and when they are needed to work, but, on the other hand, the employer has no guara

Working as staff bank members in hospitals offers pharmacists flexibility and variety Subscription

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There are advantages and disadvantages for NHS employees who work only when they are needed. New legislation is set to protect them a little more.

Locum work for pharmacists can be a viable option while they look for a permanent position

Consider a career as a locum pharmacistSubscription

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Many newly qualified pharmacists work as a locum while they look for a more permanent position. This article explains how to be a successful locum — and describes how locuming can be a rewarding career

Technological innovations would benefit pharmaceutical care

Using technology to enhance pharmaceutical careSubscription

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Tomorrow’s pharmacists will have a wealth of technologies at their disposal to assist them with both patient care and professional development.

Betty Chaar, senior lecturer in pharmacy professionalism, University of Sydney, Australia

How do future pharmacists view themselves and the profession?Subscription

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Tomorrow’s pharmacists need to have a positive self-image and view of the profession, but there are challenges to overcome.

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Antipsychotics and forensics: my week in mental health pharmacySubscription

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In a week-long mental health placement at Nottingham Healthcare Trust, pharmacy student Catherine Leggett had the opportunity to visit a mother and baby ward and a low security forensic ward

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Getting started in the pharmaceutical industry

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This article will help you to decide whether industry might be for you and gives some top tips for getting started.

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Surviving your first year in practice: dos and don’tsSubscription

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As you embark on your first year as a practising pharmacist, you may be faced with ethical dilemmas, medical emergencies and dispensing errors. Eamonn McArdle shares some tips for this important time.

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Volunteering in India: my pharmacy experience in KolkataSubscription

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Giving up your job to spend six months volunteering in Kolkata may seem like an unusual career move. Amritpal Atwal explains how it made her a better pharmacist.

Preregistration interview at hospital

How to prepare for your hospital preregistration interviewSubscription

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Well done — you have secured a preregistration interview in a hospital. How are you going to make that all-important first impression and secure a job offer? Gill Shelton and colleagues offer an insight into the interview process and the characteristics that the recruiter will be looking for.

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Hospital pharmacy practice: US versus UKSubscription

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British pharmacist Hannah Weekes worked as a pharmacy intern in the US. In this article, she explains the main differences she has found in the profession between the two countries

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Pharmacy in Nepal: my placement in PokharaSubscription

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Katy Bailey spent her three-week placement in Nepal dispensing, kayaking and paragliding. In this article, she describes her experience

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How you should prepare for the registration assessmentSubscription

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How can you get through the registration assessment unscathed? This article covers advice and revision tips from current tutors, as well as views from two current preregistration trainees.

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Inspiration, support and Guinness: what I gained from the FIP world congressSubscription

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The International Pharmaceutical Federation congress 2014 is taking place from 31 August–4 September in Bangkok. Pharmacy education PhD student Dalia Ahmed Almaghaslah describes the experience she had at last year’s conference

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Jumping the final hurdle — the 39-week appraisalSubscription

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The 39-week appraisal is the last significant point of reference for you and your tutor to evaluate your progress. Your registration assessment entry paperwork is often completed around the same time as your appraisal, so it is prudent to consider both the performance standards you have accomplished and your preparedness to enter the registration assessment.

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Specialist roles in pharmacySubscription

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Obtaining a pharmacy degree can be viewed as being synonymous with acquiring a key to endless career opportunities. With the continuously evolving and expanding role of the pharmacist, a pharmacy degree opens the doors to many unconventional and unique roles.

Tips on selling OTC medicines in a pharmacy during a summer placement

Third-year pharmacy student Elliot Werner-de-Sondberg gives advice for learning about over-the-counter medicines during a community pharmacy placement.

My placement at the Spinal Injury Centre in India

Pharmacy student Rutendo Muzambi describes her experience of working at a spinal injury centre in New Delhi, India

How to get hospital experience as a pharmacy student

Fourth-year pharmacy student Alisha Sodhi shares her advice for securing adhoc shadowing experiences and placements in hospitals

Shadowing a resident on-call pharmacist in hospital

Hospital pre-registration trainee Helen Caley had the opportunity to shadow a shift with an on-call resident pharmacist. She describes some of the queries they tackled together.

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The registration assessment: articles and tips

In need of some last-minute advice for your registration assessment? Look no further…

Science is intrinsic to pharmacy

At the recent Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference, Scotland’s chief pharmaceutical officer Bill Scott suggested that the focus of the pharmacy degree should not be on science. But science is integral to the pharmacist’s role, argues Jonathan Tugbobo

Facing the hospital preregistration interview

Helen Caley was interviewed for her hospital preregistration placement this time last year. Here, she shares her tips and advice.

Changing perceptions, what else can be done?

Sultan Khan wonders what could be done to change the perception that pharmacists are just shopkeepers

Pharmacists of the future need to prompt doctors to review and stop unnecessary medicines

Pharmacy students Shreena Patel and Emily King and pharmacist Barry Jubraj describe ‘STOPIT’, a screening tool to stop inappropriate treatment in older people, and explain why medicines optimisation is so important

Community pharmacy and then some

Pharmacy student Sultan Khan explains how you can make the most of your summer placement in a community pharmacy

Hospital work experience: honey, surgical wards and pharmacy trolleys

Preregistration trainee Helen Caley describes her experience shadowing a pharmacist on a ward round, and on a surgical ward

Pharmacy PhD Myth Busting

Pharmacy PhD student Adam Pattison Rathbone shares some common beliefs about pharmacy research — and then exposes the truth

Doing Research

PhD student Adam Pattison Rathbone has been ‘doing research’ for 9 months and has only just interviewed his first patient. Here, he explains what doing research actually involves

Dear Pharmacists and General Practitioners

Adam Pattison Rathbone writes an open letter to pharmacists and GPs with a unique proposal

2 in 1: Heart failure with renal impairment

My rotation workingfor our dispensing for discharge service has come to an end. I have slowlymanaged to get used to working at a busy pace in an acute admissions ward. Thepatients I see range from exacerbations of COPD, to ACS, to heart failure.

Run-ins with the Trust formulary

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The Age of Medicalisation

What role does marketing play in medicalising the human experience? Adam Pattison Rathbone shares his thoughts

Is 'seven-a-day' the new 'five-a-day'?

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An Honest Guide to the Application Process...Part 1

have clearly been slacking when it comes to my blogging duties, which is partly my fault and partly through unforeseen circumstances. I am now way past the halfway point of my pre-reg and have crossed over to the hospital part of my training. I am in a completely different world to what I spent the previous 6 months working in, nevertheless I am enjoying myself and learning an incredible amount, which will all be helpful to my future practice.

Firsts as a pharmacist

The last few months have been a whirlwind of inductions,covering wards for the first time and learning the importance of timelydischarges. I can honestly say I have learnt more in the last few months as apharmacist than I did through the whole year of pre-reg and I have learned first-handthat experience truly is the key to building clinical knowledge.

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We need to accredit pre-registration tutors Subscription

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I am writing in response to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) overhaul of the registration assessment from June 2016. Having attended the GPhC’s stakeholder’s event in London on 3 March 2015, I liked what I saw with respect to the changes being proposed. This change is, indeed, long overdue and the trainees will have to move away from a surface learning approach, where the skill is to search and find information, to a deeper approach where they have to apply the information ...

Pharmacists should value the mix of clinical and scientific knowledge that makes them an asset within industry.

Pharmacists are in a good position to make the move into industrySubscription

19 MAR 2015

Pharmacists should value the mix of clinical and scientific knowledge that makes them an asset within industry.

Pharmacists were able to apply for a clinical doctoral research Fellowships from the National Institute for Health Research for the first time in 2014, giving them access to funding for an applied healthcare project.

How to secure funding from the National Institute for Health ResearchSubscription

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Pharmacists were able to apply for clinical doctoral research Fellowships from the National Institute for Health Research for the first time in 2014, giving them access to funding for an applied healthcare project. With applications for 2015 now open, experts on the process share their advice.

The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced that the format of the assessment is set to change in 2016 to reflect changes in practice and the changes to the pharmacy degree that it introduced four years ago.

An overview of the changes to the pharmacy registration assessment in 2016Subscription

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The registration exam is set for an overhaul in 2016. Emma Page lays out the main changes.

Pharmacist Nicola Rudall (pictured) took a career break to teach clinical pharmacy to students in Namibia, Africa

Teaching pharmacy students in NamibiaSubscription

13 MAR 2015By Nicola Rudall

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.

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