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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.

Steps to secure a summer placement in a community pharmacy

How you can secure a summer placement in community pharmacy


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


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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Female pharmacists have a conversation

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


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.

What would you like to see?


How can Tomorrow’s Pharmacist be more relevant to you?

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Volunteering in India: my pharmacy experience in KolkataSubscription


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.

Pharmacy in USA

Hospital pharmacy practice: US versus UKSubscription


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

Katy Bailey in Nepal

Pharmacy in Nepal: my placement in PokharaSubscription


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


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


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.

Social media

How you can use social media to support your pharmacy studiesSubscription

By Alyson Brown

The social media phenomenon continues to grow. Alyson Brown explains how you can use these platforms to enhance your studies  Social media have been around for several decades in many differing forms. LinkedIn, Bebo and MySpace were some of the more widely used sites of the early 2000s.

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The world is your oyster: what are your career options after you register? Subscription

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Talitha Orlandi and Kathryn Davison provide some ideas on what career options you can pursue once you have registered as a pharmacist. They also give some tips on how you can stand out from the crowd in front of employers

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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.

Consultation skills

Pharmacy student Katherine Triffitt describes the importance of confidence and professionalism when talking to patients about their medicines

Interprofessional Education - Learning Games

One of the many strengths of Durham Pharmacy School is it’s integrated learning.

What have I been doing for the past three months, I hear you ask?

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The worst outbreak of the fatal haemorrhagic Ebola virus disease started in the West African country Guinea, infected 17,942 individuals and killed 6,388 people as of 16 December

2014: The Pharmaceutical Journal's news in reviewSubscription

The Pharmaceutical Journal, 20/27 December 2014, Vol 293, No 7841/2

Looking back at some of the biggest news stories from the past year. 

How can a pharmacist working for the NHS secure a promotion

How NHS pharmacists can secure a promotionSubscription

17 DEC 2014By

Newly registered hospital pharmacists can seek to progress in their career by gaining experience and completing a clinical diploma. However, once this is achieved, securing further promotion can be a challenge.

Five tips to improve wellbeing from the Wardley workshop

17 DEC 2014By

Charity Pharmacist Support has recently launched a series of wellbeing workshops for pharmacists, preregistration trainees and pharmacy students. Emma Page shares some tips from the workshop she attended this week.

General Pharmaceutical Council announces revamp of pharmacists' registration exam

Pharmacists’ registration exam set to become more clinical in 2016Subscription

16 DEC 2014By

The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced plans to make the assessment papers that pre-registration pharmacists take to qualify more clinical in focus.

English language testing is a good thingSubscription

12 DEC 2014By Aamer Safdar

I support the plans for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to test pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from the European Economic Area (EEA) on their levels of English.

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