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Hints and Tips for Pre-reg interviews

As a fresh-faced young pre-reg, I can remember only too well preparing for interviews last year. Here are a few tips and things to look at in preparation. You don’t have to go overboard learning everything back to front, but a good general overview will really help. This is just a guide based off my interview experiences, both for pre-reg and otherwise, with a view to what you might encounter with the new recruitment system.

How To Ace A Job Interview

Congratulations! You have just been shortlisted for an interview from a pool of thousands of applicants. Here is your chance to lock in your job offer and impress the interviewer (well enough to get hired). Here are five tips on how to ace an interview

Interview tips

“Thank you for your recent application, unfortunately on this occasion, we won’t be taking your application further”, does this sound familiar to you? Wait no longer! Hopefully, with these few tips and personal experiences you can get that “Congratulations, we are delighted to confirm that your application has been successful”.

How To Prepare For A Pharmacy Interview

With the recent change in hospital pre-registration placements, it has never been more important to get your interview preparation right to secure your preferred destination.

How To Ace Your Placement Interview

Securing those summer placements has to be one of the scariest struggles every pharmacy student finds themselves in, but with correct preparation for your application and interview, they are so easy to obtain.

Future Pharmacist: Parkinson's Disease

Welcome to the latest Future Pharmacist: PDS Clinic.Future Pharmacist: PDS Clinic will cover a different area that will help you build on the knowledge that you have already gained from your undergraduate course. In this clinic, we are focussing on Parkinson’s Disease. After downloading the PDF and reading through the material, take time to reflect on what you’ve learnt and write a PDS entry to earn a point.

The Difficulties of LGBT Life – Personal and Professional Reflections

After reading an admirable blog by Robbie Turner, Director for England at the RPS, I felt compelled to write about my own experiences as a young gay man. I’d also like to reflect on what is required from pharmacists current and future to support LGBT people, whether they are patients or colleagues.

The Executive 2017/18

I’d like to say a personal hello to all of you, our members, my name is Regan English and I am the newly elected Publications Officer for 2017-2018. This new appointment means that I will be the face in your inbox, amongst other things, for the next year. I hope to keep up the good work of our previous Publications Officers whilst bringing about some new and exciting changes – watch this space!

Pre-Registration Applications via the new ORIEL system

Applying for your pre-registration placement has never been a less-than-daunting task. It’s an important time during which you decide which sector you want to complete your training in and where you will be working full-time over the next year. From 2017, ORIEL will be the online application portal system by which students apply for a pre-registration place in any hospital and some community pharmacies (check the ORIEL system for details as to which community employers have opted in). 

Oriel Key Dates

Don’t forget to write these key dates down in your diary – or add them to your phone calendar!

Student Development

In the ever-changing environment of the pharmacy world, standing out from your peers is more important than ever before. Here are some tips on improving yourself: professionally and personally.

Pharmacy Practice Research Around the World

On Wednesday the 15th of February (2017), Professor Derek Stewart, a former RGU student, delivered a professorial lecture which I attended. His lecture explored the University’s ‘Pharmacy Practice Research Around the World’ and how it has affected patients, organisations and other professionals alike. The three main programmes of research that Professor Stewart touched on were complementary and alternative medicines, medication in older people, and pharmacist prescribing.

Primary Care Pharmacy - Could It Be For You?

Should all pharmacists prescribe? Should pharmacists do all the prescribing? Is primary care the future for pharmacy? Is there a future where pharmacists will be working in out-of-hours centres?

5- Year Sandwich course – A Student Perspective

As a University of Bradford fourth year sandwich student, I have just completed my first round of pre-registration training for six months in community pharmacy. Throughout this period, I had come to the realisation that many students or pharmacists were unaware that this type of course even existed, or why!

Questions from the BPSA for RPS National Board Candidates

 As the official student organisation for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, we asked each candidate the same two questions related specifically to their thoughts on undergraduate pharmacy students and pre-registration trainees. We have collated the responses, (not edited), that we have received and whilst students are unable to vote in the upcoming RPS elections, we hope that these responses will help to better inform our membership on the positions taken by those running for election to either the English Pharmacy Board, or Scottish Pharmacy Board.

Advocating a Behavioural Change: Antimicrobial Resistance - #abcAMR

The #abcAMR conference is a student-led initiative that aims to bring student and young professionals from across the diverse spectrum of healthcare in the UK, to work together and promote a single cause.

Irresistible Resistance?

There is little doubt that the ability to cure infectious disease via relatively simple administration of tablets or injectables is something that has been taken for granted for a considerable time by those living in the richer economies.  Now we are told by the media that this period is over and that we are back in the pre-antibiotic era.  Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is mentioned in the same breath as international terrorism and climate change and those in charge are calling for decreased drug use, greater responsibility in prescription and even alternative approaches.

My Top Five Tips for Summer Success

As summer exams are upon us, I'm sure many of you are in the midst of some hard-core revision! Before I start any revision it is fundamentally necessary for me to plan my route through. I like to have a revision structure therefore you can work backwards from your examination date and make sure that every topic is covered. Now if you are not like this or have never done it, then you are most probably a crammer; but if that works for you then continue on. 


The fast approaching of summer exams only spells out one thing. SCHOOL’S OUT and hello summer! Right? Well no, not exactly. Perhaps more accurately most of us are facing university deadlines and little freedom for the next month (or however long revision takes). I don’t know about you, but I find summer exams to be one of the most stressful times of the academic year. However, a part of me always looks forward to summer exams. Although it’s a stressful time and exams soon come around, they mark the beginning of the fabulous summer holidays.  Finally, after three years of university, I can say that I see success in sight. I am going to share my top tips with you for getting through the summer exam season in one piece, with your sanity still intact.

CVs and Cover Letters

 Tips and advice on how to write a CV and Cover Letter!

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