Posted by: Connie Pringle26 AUG 2013
So here I am,breaking the silence and rising from a black hole of absent blogs as a full-onpharmacist!
My pre-reg experience, to cut a long story much shorter, hasbeen a glorious mish-mash of learning to survive in the ‘grown-up’ world offull time work and getting to grips with the processes and patterns of hospitalpharmacy life. My colleagues agreed that minimising the emotional upsand downs associated with continually bouncing between being unconsciouslyincompetent, consciously incompetent, unconsciously competent and consciously competent (several times a day!) was achallenge.
There are so many mixed things that I can say about thepre-registration experience, and all in good time. The Summer pre-registrationexam 2013 was a hindrance from the beginning. Nevertheless, I am now qualified!
‘So what’s the plan?’
This is the question people keep asking me. For a few weeks,I’ve been enjoying a period of glorious, restful unemployment whilst Icelebrate, reflect on five years of really hard work and think seriously aboutmy next steps. But now, after the initial victory dance, flaunting my newpost-nominals around a bit and a wonderful summer holiday, it’s time to get towork.
To my surprise (and delight), I’m almost keen to embrace mynew role as Connie Pringle, Pharmacist. However, whilst all of my immediate pre-reg colleagues arestaying put (or jumping ship to other hospital Trusts), I have decided to breakfrom hospital pharmacy – at least for now. Whilst I love clinical pharmacy,right now I want to prioritise a number of other things that just won’t fit withband 6 shift patterns or the intense clinical diploma work-load I’ve seenjunior pharmacist colleagues master so valiantly at Nottingham UniversityHosptitals. I’m pleased I’ve trained in a hospital environment, but equallyglad for the opportunity to explore ‘the other side’.
From next week, I will beworking part time as a self-employed locum pharmacist! (This will be alongsidepart time work for my local church.) As such, I’m currently working my way(slowly!) through the online CPPE MUR accreditation assessment, NMS pack, andtrying to work out exactly how to establish whether I’m officially allowed tosupply EHC under the local PGD. All of this is before solving the mystery ofhow to register as self-employed on the HMRC website. You’d think five years ofpharmacy education and training would be sufficient to help figure this out...butno, the challenges keep on coming!
I’m not going to lie; I’m absolutely bricking it about myfirst shift in community as the Responsible Pharmacist but secretly can’t waitto get that sign up on the wall. Watch this space; I solemnly promise to ‘keep up to date’ withmy blog and share tales of whatever work comes my way.