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Professional Competency

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As a student, I feel like I have yet to discover the true meaning of professionalism. Lecturers have explained the term but personally I don’t know what it means exactly. I think students have little understanding of what the term actually means. I have a clear image of what it could mean, but what’s the true definition?  Personally I take professionalism as a certain trust. I obtain a certain persona in my mind. Only this character is one of an older age, wiser, more tolerant, more curious, more trust worthy, more generous and empathetic. Clearly, this is not the true definition of professionalism, but it is my definition and it needs to be developed during the pre-registration year. Recently I heard rumours of the RPSGB (or GPhC) inappropriately questioning the professional competency of pharmacists by not providing enough support and this made me think. Each qualified pharmacist has previously met the competencies set by the GPhC or the RSPGB back in the day, therefore they have professional competency set by the regulatory body. Therefore each pharmacist has a certain professional credibility and pharmacological decisions affecting patients should and competently be made by the pharmacists in charge. Whether these decisions are right or wrong, I believe the society or GPhC should be backing individual decisions of pharmacists based on individual conduct and patient safety, not just whether or not the pharmacist acted against GP direction. I make this point for no specific reason, just for general understanding and feedback. If pharmacists do not have professional say in patient care and whatever a prescriber says goes then what's the pharmacist’s role?I’ve been starting to question what I really know recently and decided that I know nothing. There’s has been so many changes within the past 4 years that it’s been difficult for me to keep up, even with chatting to specific lecturers in the know. I’ve learnt the general principles behind pharmacy but everybody knows how your taught is not how it is. Utopian pharmacy does not exist and I don’t know where to start with pharmacy ethics. I am starting to believe individual pharmacists are highly un-represented and pharmacy is just another political/corporate game. On a funny note, now the NHS has been "given" to GPs, should pharmacist start bowing down to them or are pharmacists still overseers in patient care? I can’t wait for the guidance on this!

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