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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!

What is it like at EPSA Summer University?

Hera Ali, (3rd Year MPharm Student, UCLan), shares her experiences of EPSA Summer University and taking part in an oral hygiene public health campaign

Primary Care Pharmacy - Could It Be For You?

Rob Davies, Practice Pharmacist at Healthy Prestatyn Rhuddlan Primary Care Practice in North Wales, Board Member of The Welsh Pharmacy Board of The Royal Pharmaceutical Society writes a thought provoking article for BPSA members.

Health Living Pharmacy – The Journey

Mike Holden FRPharmS described the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) concept and it's future

LloydsPharmacy 1st/2nd Year Summer Placements Now Available!

Applications for 1st and 2nd year summer placements with LloydsPharmacy are now open until 4:30pm on the 28th February 2017. Apply now!

Becoming an Independent Prescriber

Hala Jawad talks to the BPSA about her journey towards becoming an independent prescriber

Being a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

 Johnathan Laird talks to the BPSA about the implications of being an independent prescriber

My Summer Placement Experience in Mental Health

I have always had a fascination with the field of mental health. There is still so much unknown, when compared with something like cardiology, and that was the best part for me: the potential to make positive contributions to a developing field. Naturally, this led me to apply for pharmacy summer placements within the mental health sector. I was fortunate enough to experience this at two great London NHS Trusts.


Mental Health. Controversial? Or a health condition on the rise in situations where more and more people seem to be unaware of the signs and symptoms popping up before their very eyes. It is currently estimated that 1 in 4 people in England will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives; a rather alarming statistic as 27% of students report that mental health affects their studies.

Timetables, Notes and Sleep!

First semester has definitely whizzed past and that means a few things - I’ve had an incredible time at University with my friends, studying the things I genuinely enjoy but also the realisation that exams are right around the corner! Some may feel that exam periods are one of the most dreaded times of year, filled with shot after shot of caffeine, sleepless nights and revision overload. However, give yourself a big pat on the back because you’ve already made it onto an MPharm course, which means you have an idea how to handle exams.

Preparation in Pursuit of the MPharm

It’s everyone’s favourite time of year, no not Christmas, but exams season! The time of year when you’re attempting to cram in revision whilst completing your assignments and coursework and if you’re like me, time never seems to be on your side. However, it’s something we all will face in pursuit of our MPharm degrees and if you’re struggling to organise yourself in preparing for your exam whilst making your deadlines here are a few things that you can try to help you.

BPSA Public Health Campaign: The Cardiff Story

As a National Representative of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) at the Cardiff School of Pharmacy I work with fellow BPSA National Representatives here at the school to organise various events throughout the academic year. I have been very fortunate to be part of a strong, friendly and proactive team whose aim is to get more pharmacy students involved with the BPSA. We understand that not every pharmacy student is able to participate in BPSA events so we decided that one way we could get pharmacy students to be more involved was by carrying out a BPSA Public Health Campaign here in our own School of Pharmacy.

Raising Awareness!

  Despite the best efforts of many, pharmacy teams still tend to operate in traditional sector-specific silos with little communication or collaboration between them. As financial and operational challenges really start to hit our workloads we have less time to discuss problems or learn and share with others, even as the wider benefits of multidisciplinary collaboration become more important. Despite these pressures, most of us still find time to be active online.  On average, social media users in 2015 had 5 to 6 different social media accounts - 320 million of which were on Twitter - and it’s here that we bring together pharmacy professionals looking to break out of their silos, communicate, network, collaborate and innovate.

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.

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