Don’t Put your Lab Coat Away Just Yet…

To be honest with you, the idea of placements used to (and still does) scare me; mostly because of the number of let downs I’ve been faced with. During the summer of my second year, I undertook a laboratory studentship at the Guy Hilton Research Centre.

Industrial Opportunities for Pharmacists

Throughout my time as an undergraduate pharmacy student I was focused on becoming a hospital pharmacist, and for the first few years of my degree I didn’t even consider any other options. It was purely by chance during my third year that I found an advert for an industrial pharmacy summer placement programme and decided to apply – I had always assumed there was no chance of getting into the pharmaceutical industry as it seemed so competitive and I didn’t know anyone who had done that route.

Industrial Summer Placements

If you are interested in pursuing an industrial pre-registration place you should be aware that certain companies require you to have previous experience with them; via their undergraduate summer placement scheme.

NPA launches legal challenge against cuts

The NPA has started legal action in a bid to halt the pharmacy funding cuts

Supporting World COPD Day

Pharmacy teams are being encouraged to support World COPD Day 2016 on Wednesday 16 November

New online tool tracks asthma trends

Asthma UK has launched a new online tool to enable healthcare professionals and researchers to access the latest figures on asthma

AstraZeneca Graduate Scheme

Are you currently a pre-registration trainee? Do you have a specific interest in industrial pharmaceutics? AstraZeneca have recently opened applications for their Graduate Scheme, one of the few schemes that look to recruit pharmacists specifically, for September 2017.  

General Pharmaceutical Council update: new guide to raising concerns about education and training

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) have launched their new guide to raising concerns about education and training in addition to a concerns form.

First National Guideline Published on Management of Medicines in the Peri-operative Period by the UK Clinical Pharmacy Associati

Today we are excited to announce that the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) are publishing the Handbook of Peri-operative Medicines. This is the first national guidance to be published for professionals who work within this area. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has endorsed the handbook.

My Year as a BPSA International Representative 15/16

Are you passionate about student pharmacy? Thinking of joining BPSA as a rep for your School of Pharmacy? Why not check out this timeline sneak-peak of my year!

Summer Placements

Hopefully you’re now back at uni and steaming through your assignments, or piling them up in the corner hoping they will disappear! Well it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to do with next summer to fill up your CV. What opportunities are available for pharmacy students?

Summer Placements and Opportunities

In the 10 years since I was an undergraduate, the number of pharmacy schools has grown resulting in fierce competition for pre-registration places and therefore opportunities for pharmacy experience, in particular summer placements.

How to make the most of your community placement

So you’ve managed to secure a placement for yourself in a community pharmacy? Fantastic, well done! Whether this is your first placement or one of several, the following are some general tips you can keep in mind to help ensure you have a successful and enjoyable experience.

Aspirations and Expectations of Pharmacy Students

The BPSA are pleased to launch their annual freshers survey. This year, we’re also inviting responses from students in other years of study. The survey can be accessed here.

Future Pharmacist - July 2016

Welcome to Future Pharmacist: PDS Clinic Edition July 2016. In this issue we focus on assessing travel health risks. Pharmacists provide a wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics to inform and educate the public.

Hospital interviews: signed, sealed, delivered? It could be yours…

It’s that time of the year where those of you who have decided to embark upon a career in hospital pharmacy will have either submitted your application or will be applying the final tweaks. It is a nerve-wracking time, to say the least, and those of you sending off applications will be on tenterhooks until those replies arrive. However there are better ways to spend your time than developing RSI from clicking the refresh button. Now that the applications have gone, preparation is the key. Last year, when I was in the same position that some of you are, I was determined to be ready for any questions thrown at me.

Clinical Pharmacy in the Community

Every pharmacist is a clinical pharmacist! But how does one move from ‘pharmacist’ to ‘clinical pharmacist’? In my view, this transition occurs as soon as pharmacists begin to deliver pharmaceutical care with patients… so probably within the first five minutes of being a practicing pharmacist!

The Future of Pharmacy is in our Hands

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.

Assisted Dying

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!

Careers in Focus - Lottie Bain

Lottie Bain Pharmaceutical Development Graduate, AstraZeneca What does your current role involve and how did you end up with your current job? I completed my pre-registration year in hospital, and had an absolutely fantastic experience. However, I have always been interested in all sectors of pharmacy and had summer placement experience in community, hospital and industry as an undergraduate.

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