Are you passionate about student pharmacy? Do you want to develop your skills, and enhance your CV? Do you want to make your voice heard in the official student organisation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society? Then become a national representative for the British Pharmaceutical Students' Association!

We are looking for BPSA National and International Representatives from ALL years, so don't miss this incredible opportunity to further your skills, meet new friends and develop a future career. 

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Hopefully, like me, you’re enjoying your time at university and excited for what lies ahead once you enter practice. Along the way, we might hear some horror stories and get dissuaded by the naysayers. I urge you to hold onto that appetite that brought you to study pharmacy in the first place! Your career is whatever you make of it, and a willingness to get stuck in will pay off. We may only be taking our baby steps into the world of pharmacy, but make no mistake that we have a voice and our opinions and aspirations are taken seriously.

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As the Group Leader of the Pharmacy Law and Ethics group at RGU, my job is to get pharmacy students engaged with all things related to pharmacy law and ethics.  Needless to say, law and ethics underpin the pharmacy profession.  It is not black and white but very much a grey area in which decisions vary with each individual, but that is what makes the subject so interesting!

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Exams; we've been doing them for quite a while now. So you think we'd be used to them, prepared for them, ready to face the seemingly never ending assessment process of a pharmacy student's life. And yet, the majority of us will spend the next few months with rocketing levels of stress, sleep deprivation and the dreaded eye bag "I don't know what sleep is anymore" look. Keep reminding yourself that it is all worth it in the end!

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Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of Future Pharmacist. We have a veritable feast of informative and  exciting content to see you through to summertime, so whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something to whet your appetite.

BPSA President, Lottie Bain, explains to us how members can get involved with our BPSA campaigns. These are designed to promote your views in the wider world of pharmacy and help us to advocate for a better future.

Annual Conference is coming up very soon. This is a life-changing early step on your journey in the world of pharmacy, and I look forward to seeing you there! Annual conference organisers Charlotte and Izzie give us a sneak preview of what they have lined up.

Our CPPE professional development article gives us expert advice on honing your communication skills, all-important for providing good care to patients. If you haven’t heard of MedicinesComplete, check out our review of this comprehensive database. It could come in very handy during report writing.

To download Future Pharmacist, click here.

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Hello, and welcome to the March edition of Get Involved! With our Annual Conference just weeks away, spring is in the air and we can begin looking forward to summer. Other than taking a well-deserved break and some time away from university, some of you might be looking to build your skillset, and work towards becoming better future pharmacists and people. To give you inspiration, we have some top students writing about how they’ve developed as well-rounded individuals, honed their soft skills, and how you can get involved too.

Saman Kay chose to help others by working with the Pharmacists’ Defence Association, who provide representation and development opportunities to pharmacy students. As the Southern Region Student Coordinator, Saman gained valuable leadership skills. Find out more about his experience in his article. Our Pennine Area Coordinator, Laura Sile, has been dedicated to serving BPSA members through using her soft skills, and gives us an overview of their importance. This month’s Careers in Focus is from Sarah Holliday, a Lead pharmacist in Diabetes Medicines Safety. What skills do you have which could help you follow a similar path?

I hope to see some of you in Cardiff for our Annual Conference. For those of you who can’t make it, there will be a plenty of updates and discussion via Twitter. Have your say in matters and join in with the discussions by following @BPSA and your fellow pharmacy students. You can also follow events through the #BPSA74AC hashtag!

 

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Representatives and members of the BPSA are out today campaigning and collecting petition signatures against the proposed cuts to the community pharmacy budget.

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As you will no doubt be aware, there are cuts coming to the budget which will affect community pharmacy. As an Executive, we are worried that the cuts will adversely affect the public, as pharmacists are currently the most accessible health professional. Further, we believe that this will affect our future careers, and the first to feel the squeeze will be students, pre-reg's and newly qualified pharmacists. Therefore, we are actively campaigning for the government to reassess the cuts, before they are imposed to the detriment of patients and our careers.

One way in which you can help is to send an email to your local MP. This will take a few minutes, we have drafted up an email that you can copy and paste, and fill in the blanks for your details.

 

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In the summer of 2015, I went on a holiday to India for 6 weeks to visit my family and friends. Little did I know I was going to be involved in a public health awareness campaign which was an amazing life experience. As a part of the 61st International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) World Congress, I visited a small secondary school in Hyderabad, India to conduct my first ever Public Awareness Campaign.

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Back in November we launched a new initiative – the BPSA Monthly Campaigns. The idea of the campaigns was to provide a talking point, picking a different theme each month, to encourage you all to get involved with the wider profession and share your views.

The first campaign focused on pharmacy student numbers and degree entry requirements. The campaign ran predominantly on social media, and was intended as an opportunity for students to share their views on the subject. We had a great response from you all, and you can have a look at the discussions and comments under #BPSACampaign on Twitter and Facebook if you didn’t get the chance to get involved.

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As a BPSA member there are many international events and activities that you can be involved in. Through your BPSA membership, You are automatically a member of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). IPSF represent over 350,000 pharmacy students from over 80 countries worldwide. They aim to educate, represent students, aid networking and facilitate the exchange of ideas between member associations. Interestingly, If we delve back into IPSF’s history, you will discover that our very own BPSA Executive founded the IPSF during the 6th BPSA Annual Conference in London, 1949.

One of the highlights in the IPSF calendar year is the IPSF World Congress. The World Congress is a 10-day event, which takes place in various countries around the world between July-August. The congress is packed with activities for you to get involved in. The Educational & Scientific Symposia days give you the chance to learn from leading professionals. On other days you will find workshops that allow you to tailor your learning to your own interests. The General Assembly will run alongside the workshops for the duration of the congress, this is where official delegates from IPSF member countries pass motions and agree on official business much like at BPSA annual conference.

 

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