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    Professional knowledge and skills

    Pharmacy professionals should use their skills and knowledge, including guidelines and the evidence-base, to deliver safe and effective care while also looking at how quality of care can be improved. Behaviours relevant to this standard include recognising and working within the limits of knowledge and skills, referring to others when appropriate and undertaking a range of CPD activities relevant to practice and recording these to demonstrate knowledge and skills remain up-to-date.

    These articles can be used to support the development of your reflective account entries for this standard and provide an idea of the activities that could be included.

    Hitesh Tara

    ‘My role is a mix of both clinical and quality improvement initiatives’ — a day in the life of a primary care network pharmacistSubscription

    14 SEP 2020By

    After seven years in community pharmacy, Hitesh Tara took the leap and switched to general practice.

    Are you ready for the Oriel numeracy assessment

    How to tackle the Oriel numeracy assessmentSubscription

    24 AUG 2020By ,

    Babir Malik and Joanna Domzal-Jamroz lead students through worked examples of the types of calculations covered in the Oriel recruitment process

    Farah Haque

    'A digital-first approach reduces patient frustrations' – a day in the life of a pharmacist carrying out remote consultationsSubscription

    3 AUG 2020By

    Understanding and improving the patient’s healthcare experience are key aspects of Farah Haque’s role

    A day in the life of a critical care pharmacist Sandra Sowah

    'It is difficult witnessing patients fight for their lives' — a day in the life of a critical care pharmacist

    13 JUL 2020By

    Working in critical care can be both physically and emotionally challenging, but being proactive can help ensure patient safety and continuity of care.

    Helen Ireland

    ‘I help trainees get the most from their placement’ — a day in the life of a pharmacy preregistration training leadSubscription

    22 JUN 2020By

    Each day, pharmacy preregistration training lead Helen Ireland supports trainees and tutors as they progress through their placements.

    Shazia Karsan

    'I do not know what to expect' — a day in the life of a pharmacist redeployed owing to COVID-19

    8 JUN 2020By

    Despite having a background in hospital, integrated care pharmacist Shazia Karsan felt an element of anxiety when redeployed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Parham Hashem DITL

    ‘We are at the forefront of COVID-19 research’ — a day in the life of a clinical trials pharmacist

    1 JUN 2020By

    With COVID-19 becoming the number one priority for researchers around the globe, Parham Hashemi describes his role in overseeing the new trials being launched during the pandemic.

    Requesting a retrospective prescription from a GP

    Requesting a retrospective prescription from a GPSubscription

    18 MAY 2020By

    A locum pharmacist’s decision to substitute one medicine for another may be in the best interest of the patient, but what are the legal and ethical implications?

    Case-based learning: anxiety disorders

    Case-based learning: anxiety disordersSubscription

    1 MAY 2020By

    There are many types of anxiety disorders with varying levels of severity. Pharmacists should know the treatment options that are available and how to support patients. 

    '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

    27 APR 2020By

    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.

    Pharmacist with patient

    Do I have the skills to work for a primary care network? Subscription

    20 APR 2020By

    With opportunities to work in primary care networks emerging in England, pharmacists can make the most of their knowledge and experience to succed in such a role.

    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

    30 MAR 2020By

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

    Folder with a photo of a woman with PCOS

    Case-based learning: management of polycystic ovary syndromeSubscription

    24 MAR 2020By

    As the most common incurable hormonal condition affecting women of reproductive age, polycystic ovary syndrome can lead to infertility, anxiety and cardiovascular disease if it is not managed appropriately.

    A day in the life of a chronic pain pharmacist

    A day in the life of a chronic pain pharmacist Subscription

    2 MAR 2020By

    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

    24 FEB 2020By

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

    Stephanie Ghartey with a colleague

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

    17 FEB 2020By

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

    Did you know?

    Our careers content is now organised by sectors, so whether you work in community pharmacy, hospital, industry or academia you will find content relevant to this standard here

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    All of our clinical and soft skills articles would be applicable to this standard.

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