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'As I listen, I form an action plan' — a day in the life of a patient support officer

'As I listen, I form an action plan' — a day in the life of a patient support officer Subscription

When her son fell chronically ill, Arlene Brailey found the motivation to take on a role dedicated to helping patients with resistant bacterial infections find support and trustworthy information.

A day in the life of a neurology-based Botox injecting pharmacist Eric Bazuaye

A day in the life of a pharmacist administering botulinum injectionsSubscription

Eric Bazuaye uses his specialist pharmacist knowledge and practical expertise to provide unique relief to patients diagnosed with neurological disorders.

A day in the life of a chronic pain pharmacist

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Once developed, chronic pain can last a lifetime, but Peter Farley, a chronic pain pharmacist, believes that there is scope to mitigate this.

Dan White, a consultant clinical psychotherapist (left) with Adam Hamilton, a medicines management technician

A day in the life of a consultant clinical psychotherapist Subscription

Dan White combines cognitive behavioural therapy and clinical pharmacy to train colleagues and help patients with mental health conditions.

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A day in the life of a pharmacist advanced clinical practitioner Subscription

Delivering bad news to patients and their families is a part of Stephanie Ghartey’s role that she finds particularly difficult.

Andrew Rowlands, a lead nutrition pharmacist at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

A day in the life of a nutrition support pharmacist Subscription

Clinical nutrition is an area of nutrition that requires pharmacists to work closely with the clinical team, rather than focusing solely on compounding.

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A day in the life of a pharmacist at a regional medicines information centreSubscription

The nature of enquiries Daniel Hill receives as a medicines information and prescribing support pharmacist are vast and challenging.

Jaidev Mehta, a pharmacy business intelligence manager for NHS England and NHS Improvement

A day in the life of a pharmacy business intelligence managerSubscription

Jaidev Mehta details a typical day as a pharmacy business intelligence manager, analysing medicines utilisation data to reduce variation in the provider sector.

Ana Armstrong

A day in the life of a community-based pharmacist supporting older patients at home Subscription

Former hospital pharmacist Ana Armstrong would often find herself worrying about her older patients after discharge; so she decided to move sectors and help bridge care between hospital and home.

Callum Brown

A day in the life of a quality improvement championSubscription

Callum Brown details a typical day improving the quality of care at a large NHS trust.

Gemma Fromage

A day in the life of a pharmacist working in aestheticsSubscription

Gemma Fromage explains why she decided to become a prescribing pharmacist and aesthetic practitioner, as well as what her role entails.

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.

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This learning resource provides a summary of self-care advice and important considerations that pharmacists and their teams can use to counsel patients on interim management for common dental emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Five ways to protect your mental and emotional wellbeing during COVID-19

Five ways to promote self-care for you and your team during COVID-19

It is more important than ever to ensure the wellbeing of the frontline pharmacy workforce; here are some tips on how this can be done.

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Help us find and celebrate brilliant, unrecognised women who are accomplishing great things in pharmacy.

Sick from stress: presenteeism in pharmacy

Sick from stress: 'presenteeism' in pharmacySubscription

With increasing pressures placed on pharmacy professionals, presenteeism — or working when not fit to do so — is becoming more common. This can have detrimental effects on individuals, their families and patients.

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What to do when your preregistration trainee is unhappy with their training Subscription

When a preregistration trainee is dissatisfied with their placement, it is important that their employer tries to address the underlying issues.

What pharmacy preregistration trainees should consider before switching placements

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Pharmacy preregistration trainees may wish to move placements, but the decision to switch should not be made lightly.

Five legal protections for new parents

Five legal protections soon-to-be or new parents should know aboutSubscription

Whether pregnant or returning to a career in pharmacy, there are several ways the law protects new parents.

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The legal rights new parents need to know to help in balancing their pharmacy career with caring for babies and children.

The six qualities all excellent pre-registration tutors have

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Whether new or experienced, there are qualities all excellent preregistration tutors should possess.

Celebrating a year of career highlights

Scaling new career heights in 2020Subscription

We asked some of this year’s contributors to The Pharmaceutical Journal’s Careers section to recap their biggest career highlights of 2019 and share their goals for the coming year.

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What to do when your pharmacy career stallsSubscription

Four pharmacy professionals provide guidance to a pharmacist who no longer feels passionate about their current role.

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Pharmacists and lawyers give advice on what to do if you witness inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.

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Pharmacy professionals give their thoughts and advice to a locum pharmacist required to work alone at night.

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Oriel situational judgement test: what pharmacy students need to know Subscription

The Oriel situational judgement test is designed to determine what action you would take when presented with certain scenarios while working as a preregistration pharmacist. Here is what you need to consider before and during this assessment.

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Oriel numeracy test: what pharmacy students need to know Subscription

The Oriel numeracy test is designed to examine your ability to solve practice-based calculations. Here is what you need to consider before and during this assessment.

Reinvigorating community pharmacy: ways to boost morale

Reinvigorating community pharmacy: ways to boost morale Subscription

A survey by The Pharmaceutical Journal shows that community pharmacy is the sector with the lowest morale, so we asked community pharmacists what needs to change.

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There are several things to consider when preparing for your multiple mini interviews. Here is a guide to help you prepare.

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Preferencing the right training providers in Oriel will be one of the most important decisions for a future trainee to make. Here is what students should consider before making that choice.

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

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A message to preregistration trainees in the time of COVID-19: this setback can make you stronger

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Stephen Sekimwanyi, a pharmacist who has had his fair share of career setbacks, offers advice to preregistration trainees in light of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s decision to delay the pharmacy registration exam.

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Trainee doctors and nurses have been fast-tracked into their professions — why not preregistration pharmacists?

The General Pharmaceutical Council’s decision to delay the summer 2020 registration exam, following the COVID-19 pandemic, has left preregistration trainee Courtney Ella Preston with more questions than answers.

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How pharmacists can contribute to the rational use of pharmacological therapies.

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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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