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David Gerrard is an advanced pharmacist practitioner at Northumberland Tyne Wear NHS Foundation Trust

A day caring for vulnerable people with learning disabilitiesSubscription

David Gerrard details a typical day as a pharmacist independent prescriber working as part of a community learning disability treatment team.

Mosan Ashraf, homecare medicines lead at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

A day in the life of a homecare pharmacistSubscription

Mosan Ashraf details a typical day as lead pharmacist for homecare medicines at a foundation trust.

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A day on the streets treating patients experiencing homelessnessSubscription

Lauren Gibson details a typical day working as part of a pharmacy-led, homeless health outreach service.

Katherine Watkinson and Graham Parsons

A day in the life of a pharmacist at a drug and alcohol serviceSubscription

Chief pharmacist Graham Parsons details a typical day working for the leading social enterprise, Turning Point, which supports clients with learning disabilities, mental health, and drug and alcohol problems.

Asha Fowells

A day in the life of a school drugs educatorSubscription

Pharmacist Asha Fowells describes a typical day in her role as a drugs educator for a charity.

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A day in the life of a pharmaceutical patent attorneySubscription

Bal Matharu details a typical day at intellectual property firm HGF Ltd.

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A day in the life of a head of pharmacovigilance Subscription

Deji Alli details a typical day as head of pharmacovigilance and Responsible Person for the largest clinical homecare provider in the UK.

Rajesh Jethwa, medication safety officer at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

A day in the life of a medication safety officerSubscription

Rajesh Jethwa details a typical day at Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust as a medication safety officer.

Chris Maguire

A day in the life of an industry marketing managerSubscription

Pharmacist Chris Maguire details a typical day as a marketing manager for a medical technology company.

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A day in the life of an industry preregistration pharmacist

Aisha Ahmed details a typical working day for a preregistration trainee pharmacist at GSK.

Sara Sawieres

A day in the life of a liver intensive therapy unit pharmacistSubscription

Sara Sawieres details a typical day as lead pharmacist for the liver intensive therapy unit at King’s College Hospital.

Helen Pinney

A day in the life of a senior primary care pharmacy technicianSubscription

Helen Pinney details a typical day as a senior primary care pharmacy technician.

Lisa Smith is a paediatric palliative care pharmacy technician with CHAS

A day in the life of a paediatric palliative care pharmacy technicianSubscription

Lisa Smith details a typical day as a paediatric palliative care pharmacy technician at Children’s Hospices Across Scotland.

Asta Prajapati, mental health pharmacist

The right frame of mindSubscription

Steve Hemsley speaks to Asta Prajapati, the first mental health pharmacist to be awarded £350,000 to develop a medication adherence tool for patients with bipolar disorder.

Julia Whettam, senior pharmacist, North West Ambulance Service clinical hub

A day in the life of an ambulance service pharmacistSubscription

Julia Whettam details a typical day as a senior pharmacist at the North West Ambulance Service clinical hub.

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A day in the life of a GP pharmacistSubscription

Shivani Patel details a typical day as a newly registered GP pharmacist.

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Ornella Barra: from community pharmacist to one of the world's leading business womenSubscription

The co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance discusses her humble beginnings in community pharmacy and how she transformed her pharmaceutical distribution company into a global organisation employing more than 400,000 people.

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Olutayo Arikawe: BAME representation, health inequalities and overcoming shynessSubscription

A minute in the company of the public health services advocate.

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Dispensing errors: where does responsibility lie?Subscription

Pharmacy professionals give their thoughts and advice to a responsible pharmacist colleague whose team is involved in a dispensing error.

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Five tips to help pharmacy professionals digitise their career.

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How to handle online criticism

Pharmacy professionals give their thoughts and advice on the receiving negative comments on social media.

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Pharmacists in the Army ReserveSubscription

Anuj K Sunder describes the benefits of being a pharmacist in the Army Reserve.

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How do I boost low staff morale?Subscription

Three pharmacy managers provide their thoughts and advice to a colleague who is concerned about staff satisfaction and engagement.

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Five ways pharmacy can close the ethnicity pay gapSubscription

After figures suggest a 16% difference in pay between white and minority ethnic pharmacists, what can be done to reduce this inequality?

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Qualified Persons: seven things pharmacists need to know

Carol Candlish and Kina Vyas explain the role of a Qualified Person and how pharmacists in the UK can become one.

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Career progression within the NHS

With roles opening up for pharmacists in urgent care settings, hospitals and primary care, new opportunities are being created for pharmacists looking to move up in the NHS.

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Celebrating a year of career highlightsSubscription

The Pharmaceutical Journal invited this year’s Careers section contributors to share their 2018 career highlights and their best piece of career advice for other pharmacy professionals.

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Nine essential resources for preregistration trainees

Resources preregistration trainee pharmacists should be aware of and know how to use.

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Tackling the gender pay gap: how female pharmacists can take actionSubscription

The Pharmaceutical Journal has revealed a statistically significant gender pay gap of 6.4% in favour of male pharmacists — Emma Wilkinson and Angela Kam investigate.

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Tips to help newly registered pharmacists prepare for revalidation

Once registered, pharmacists need to revalidate each year and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is here to help, says Janet Till.

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The working lives of pharmacy techniciansSubscription

Emma Wilkinson investigates the effect of expanding pharmacy technician roles on job satisfaction.

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The right ‘fit’: racial bias in pharmacy recruitmentSubscription

Pharmacists provide their thoughts and advice to a colleague concerned about racial discrimination in the workplace.

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Could you offer a veterinary pharmacy service?

The UK is well known as a nation of animal lovers. From agricultural livestock to household pets, this has created a growing niche sector for pharmacy — but how do you get involved?

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Words from the wise: tips for new pharmacistsSubscription

The Pharmaceutical Journal asked experienced pharmacists on Twitter to give their advice to recently qualified pharmacists starting their new jobs in August 2018 using the hashtag #tipsfornewpharmacists. Here are some of the best responses.

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GP pharmacist contracts: to sign or not to sign?Subscription

Pharmacists give advice to a colleague who has discovered something disturbing in the small print of their contract.

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Medicines optimisation in care homes: the role of the pharmacy professionalSubscription

Care homes have been described as ‘healthcare black holes’, so why should pharmacy professionals work in one? Steve Hemsley discusses the opportunities and challenges.

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What to consider before selecting a preregistration placement

National recruitment to preregistration placements in England and Wales has been conducted through a computerised recruitment tool called ‘Oriel’ for the second consecutive year.

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How to ask for a pay rise

In these difficult times of limited resources, funding cuts, lower profits and reductions in staff, it may have been some time since you have had a pay increase or even considered requesting one — but that does not mean you do not deserve one.

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Students at University College London are tasked with developing a novel pharmaceutical service as part of their final MPharm year.

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Incoming preregistration trainee Ausaf Khan provides advice on how to finish the MPharm dissertation.

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Your pharmacy calculations prep guide

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Babir Malik’s top tips for approaching the calculations paper in the GPhC registration assessment.

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What I gained from attending the RPS Science and Research Summit

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Tsz To Sham encourages pharmacy students to take every opportunity to attend pharmacy conferences.

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The RPS Foundation Programme: a hospital perspective

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Daisy Keegan describes her experience of completing Foundation Stage 1 of the RPS Foundation Programme.

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Reesha Solanki explains why pharmacy students should consider taking part in Erasmus.

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The General Pharmaceutical Council registration assessment is just around the corner — so here is a range of Tomorrow’s Pharmacist content to help preregistration trainees prepare for the big day.

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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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