Competitions and Awards

The BPSA has formed allegiances with influential companies associated with pharmacy in order to bring you a range of exciting and rewarding competitions and awards.  

The McNeil “Responding to Symptoms” Competition is run in three rounds. The first is held at each School of Pharmacy with progression through to a national semi-final and final. Cash prizes are available at each stage, and it’s a great opportunity to practice your counselling skills!

The Reckitt-Benckiser Student of the Year Award comprises of two rounds. The first involves answering some multiple choice and short answer questions, with the best students being invited to the BPSA’s Annual Conference for the final round. There are great prizes available, including a trip to represent the UK at an international conference and tablet computers.

The BPSA Research Poster Awards is held in conjunction with the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) and Glaxo-Smithkline (GSK). The UKCPA are looking for excellence in pharmacy practice research – if you’re doing research in this field, it’s well worth entering! GSK judge the scientific research posters – an amazing opportunity to have your research recognised by a global healthcare company. Again, cash prizes and conference fees are available!

Finally, there is the brand new competition in association with Boots, My vision for community pharmacy in 2020.The lucky winner will be awarded £100 Boots vouchers and the opportunity to spend a day with Marc Donovan MRPharmS, FFRPS, Head of Professional Training for Pharmacy and Optics, Boots UK!

McNeil “Responding to Symptoms”

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The McNeil “Responding to Symptoms” Competition, aimed at all ages and abilities, is designed to test your communication and counselling skills. The competition is open to all undergraduate students and is composed of three rounds.


Round One:
This round is held towards the end of November within each School of Pharmacy around the country. On the day you will be provided with a scenario and allocated 10 minutes to research and prepare using various reference sources provided. You will then have 10 minutes to respond to a patient’s symptoms and to provide them with appropriate advice, including an appropriate product recommendation where applicable. There will also be an opportunity for you to receive feedback afterwards.

One runner-up and one winner from each school will win £25 and £50 respectively, and will progress to round two - the national semi-final. The session will be coordinated by your school BPSA Rep(s), who will provide you with a date, time, and venue for the first round. Stay tuned for the date of the first round within your school…

Watch the following YouTube video for a previous example:

Round Two:
The winner of round one from each School of Pharmacy will be invited to attend the national semi-final which will be held at one of our Area Conferences during February (venue TBC), following a similar format to the previous round. In the absence of the winner from round one being able to attend, the runner-up from round one will be invited to attend in their place. At the end of this round, there will be four runners-up and four winners, winning £50 and £100 each respectively. The winners from this round will then progress to the final round.

Round Three:
The final round will be held during BPSA day of our 72nd Annual Conference 2014, held at De Montfort University, Leicester. The final will follow the same format as before, but here three runners-up will receive £100 each. The winner of the final will win £250 cash!
There will also be an opportunity for all participants to experience a snapshot of the Annual Conference during the day, as well as an opportunity to network with potential employers at our Medex (Medical exhibition).

Follow the link to view the different McNeil products that could feature in this year’s competition, and also for handy training materials that will aid you in preparation for the first round!


The Reckitt-Benckiser Student of the Year Award

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RB winner

Katie Oakes 2013 Winner: "Winning student of the year award has given me the amazing opportunity to experience Pharmacy on a global scale via the IPSF international congress. I have attended symposia with world-class speakers and been inspired by my international peers who all share the same passion for the future of Pharmacy."

The launch of this year’s competition promises to be one of the highlights in the BPSA calendar. The BPSA have teamed up with Reckitt Benckiser for another year to deliver a fantastic opportunity for development and the chance to win an amazing set of prizes.

This competition is now OPEN! Click on the link below to enter today.

In order to enter the competition you will need to answer 20 multiple-choice questions,designed to introduce you to the BPSA and also popular products produced by Reckitt Benckiser (HINT: Our websites will provide useful information!). Following this there will be three short answer questions, one of which will act as a tie-breaker.

Six finalists will be invited to the BPSA annual conference in Liverpool where they will have a short panel interview before the winner is announced.

IPSFlogo1st PRIZE: A sponsored trip to the International Pharmaceutical Students Association (IPSF) 61st World Congress in Hyderabad, India


2nd PRIZE:  £250 towards your attendance to an European Pharmaceutical Student Association (EPSA) event

The runners-up will win an Amazon Kindle!!

Check out the new Reckitt Benckiser training and support platform for healthcare professionals (which has handy hints for your entry form!) containing useful materials for your development at:

This competition will not only boost your CV in today’s competitive job market, but there are some amazing prizes available to be won... remember you have to be IN IT TO WIN IT!!!

Click here to enter the Reckitt Benckiser Student of the Year Award now!




Research Poster Award

Now Open For Entries! Deadline: 7th March


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The BPSA Research Poster Award is brought to you in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA). It is an exciting and unique opportunity to present your research to your peers, and leading members of our profession. In today’s competitive job market, securing that ideal post is becoming harder. This competition aims to facilitate the opportunity for you to develop key skills that employers look for, such as professional engagement and ongoing professional development.

Abstracts will be accepted from all MPharm students and Pre-registration trainees, there are two categories that can be entered:

  1. Scientific Research: Are you a budding scientist and want to get your research seen? Yes? Then this is the category for you! With FIVE £100 cash prizes to be won from GSK, you would be crazy not to enter!
  2. Pharmacy Practice: We realise our members have undertaken invaluable pharmacy practice and clinical research and, if you are one of these members then make sure you submit an abstract! The UKCPA encourages excellence, leadership and partnership and they are therefore the perfect organisation to judge the practice and clinical research poster entries. The prize for the winners of this category is the opportunity to attend the UKCPA’s Autumn Symposium and present their poster!

From the abstracts submitted the finalists will be invited to attend the BPSA 72nd Annual Conference at De Montfort University to present their posters. The presentation will be held during our increasingly popular Medical Exhibition during our recently SOLD OUT BPSA day.

So, how do I enter?

Abstracts are to be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midnight 7th March with the topic of the email being the title of your poster.

The email must include:

  • Your full name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • School of Pharmacy or place of work
  • Year of Study or graduation
  • Your abstract attached to email

We will then process the entries and select the finalists. Finalists will be invited to present their research poster at the BPSA Medical Exhibition on the 17th April 2014.

What can be submitted?

Any projects you do during your undergraduate MPharm degree Your Masters (3rd or 4th year) project Any audits or projects you undertake during your pre-registration year

Abstract entry requirements:

  • Abstracts should be in the field of pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacy practice (both hospital and community pharmacy).
  • Work should be your own and may be any undergraduate research (including lab projects or your dissertation), summer research work, and any preregistration work within the above field.
  • Entrants should be studying for a pharmacy degree or undertaking their preregistration training.
  • Maximum 1 page of A4 and no more than 500 words (excluding title, authors, and references).
  • Abstracts should include: title, authors (including any collaborators other than yourself), introduction and aims, methods, results and discussion, conclusion and references.
  • Pictures and tables may be included as long as the page limit is not exceeded.
  • References should use the Vancouver referencing system (numbers in brackets).

Poster requirements:

  • 500 word limit (excluding title, authors, and references).
  • Size A1 or A0
  • Click here to access useful tips on designing and presenting a successful poster: 

Adjudication process:

Each abstract will be judged on the stated objectives, methods, results, discussion, impact on patient care/pharmaceutical knowledge and whether the abstract conforms to guidelines.

It’s time to get your research noticed and a chance to gain a PDS point!


My vision for community pharmacy in 2020

The BPSA are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new competition, in association with Boots, – ‘My vision for community pharmacy in 2020’.

Topics to consider in submission would include:

  • Core services
  • Layout of the pharmacy
  • Support staff
  • Pharmacist activities
  • Innovative thinking
  • Public health agenda
  • Revenue generation
  • Inter-professional interaction
  • Long term conditions
  • Behaviours within the profession
  • Involvement in research

Please submit a proposal, of no more than 500 words, on the above topic. Bullet points can be used. Further details can be found here.

THE PRIZES – five finalists will be invited to attend BPSA Day at the BPSA Annual Conference at De Montfort University, Leicester, on Thursday 17th April 2014 and present their proposal to the judging panel. The winner will be awarded £100 Boots vouchers and the opportunity to spend a day with Marc Donovan MRPharmS, FFRPS, Head of Professional Training for Pharmacy and Optics, Boots UK.

This is a truly unique opportunity to spend the day with a member of the senior management team at Boots and will be invaluable on any CV! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity – submit your proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on Friday 14th March 2014 to be in the running!

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