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Pharmacy professionals have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of clinical areas

Specialist roles in hospital pharmacy

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Pharmacy professionals have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of clinical areas. Eamonn McArdle explores the possibilities.

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.

Preparing for a pre-registration interview in a hospital

Pre-registration trainee Matt McArdle recently secured a role at St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London. Here, he shares advice for others trying to secure their pre-registration roles.

How to overcome exam failure

Although no one sets out to fail their exams, some students may find themselves in that position. Michael Champion, secretary of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, explains how to cope if you do.

The pre-registration application process is inefficient

The current application process for students trying to secure pre-registration places is inefficient, says Adenrele Komolafe. Here, he describes a new UCAS-style system to help solve the problem.

The importance of original scientific research for pharmacy students

The research project, undertaken by pharmacy students in their final year, helps individuals to learn fundamental skills for their future careers, argue Joanne Hainsworth and Patrick To.

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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Modafinil, approved for narcolepsy and other wakefulness disorders, could be the first safe pharmaceutical nootropic agent or ‘smart drug’ and is used by students to sharpen and improve concentration. In the image, a student studying for an exam

Modafinil could be the first safe ‘smart drug’Subscription

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Modafinil, approved for narcolepsy and other wakefulness disorders, could be the first safe pharmaceutical nootropic agent or ‘smart drug’, according to a review published in European Neuropsychopharmacology .

Questions from this summer’s professional registration assessment with advice about possible pitfalls and what the examiners are looking for have been released by the General Pharmaceutical Council. In the image, a young girl takes an exam

GPhC publishes exam questions for the first timeSubscription

19 AUG 2015

Questions from this summer’s professional registration assessment with advice about possible pitfalls and what the examiners are looking for have been released for the first time by the General Pharmaceutical Council’s independent board of assessors.

Pharmacy students that join university courses with lower A level requirements or through “clearing” are more likely to fail the General Pharmaceutical Council registration assessment at their first sitting. In the image, students study for exams

Students trained at schools with lower entry standards more likely to fail GPhC registration examSubscription

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Pharmacy students that join university courses with lower A-level requirements or through ‘clearing’ are more likely to fail the General Pharmaceutical Council registration assessment at their first sitting.

Postgraduate education gives pharmacists an edgeSubscription

12 AUG 2015By Gerry Diamond

Continuing professional development (CPD) is an essential pathway for pharmacists to evolve their knowledge and skills and I welcome initiatives by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education to provide a variety of postgraduate courses for pharmacists.

Is the registration exam failing trainees?Subscription

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A cursory examination of pass rates of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration assessment reveals an astonishing level of variation, from a high of 94.5% in 2012 to an all-time low this year of 74.0%. Overall pass rates as published by the GPhC are as follows: 2011: 85.5% 2012: 94.5% 2013: 78.0% 2014: 85.3% 2015: 74.0%

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