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Being a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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

5 Year Pharmacy Degrees? A closer look at the Nottingham 5 Year course

Tom Gray, Head of Professional and Clinical Leadership at Nottingham University discusses the fruition of the Nottingham 5 year Pharmacy degree and outlines his thoughts on the GPhC initial education and training proposal.   

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.

Kathmandu, Nepal: A Degree Less Ordinary

"Sometime toward the end of second-year pharmacy I decided I wanted to have a degree less ordinary. Looking back at all that I have accomplished so far, I think I may be on my way there!" - Find out how one student transformed her outlook by simply "getting involved"!

Insight: Joint Pre-Reg in Community and Education (Buttercups Training/Evans Pharmacy) x Jeananne Mulligan

So what brings an Irish girl living comfortably in Manchester all the way down to a place she’d never really been before? An amazing pre-reg opportunity of course - what else! Find out more about this unique Buttercups training opportunity through the eyes of a former pre-reg!

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 Irish Pharmaceutical Students Association and the 5 Year integrated Irish M.Pharm program

Over 500 students from Ireland, gathered in Dublin city centre to protest changes to the Pharmacy degree and placement conditions. A report highlighted the detrimental effects that the new 5 year integrated degree model had on Irish students.

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?

From failing an MPharm to joining a Silicon Valley tech company

"Sometimes the opportunities are presenting themselves as failures. And sometimes you have to take advantage of these opportunities otherwise you might miss the train." - Find out about David Kološić how he came to create Pharmadelic

Oriel Key Dates

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

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.

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). 

Insight: Sabbatical in Namibia x Nicola Corkhill

"you may have perceptions about working in another country, including facilities available, but wait until you’ve experienced it first hand." Read about Nicola Corkhill's extraordinary sabbatical in Namibia!

My GP Placement experience

Working in a GP practice was strikingly different to working in community pharmacy. Used to thefast paced environment of community pharmacy? Where the patient or customer standing in front ofyou is priority and the staff work non-stop? Find out more about GP land by reading Eleanors article!

How to do an amazing job of selling You.inc

Studying and getting good grades is only half of what your MPharm should be about. You have to have fun, of course, but it’s also vitally important to get some experience in the world of work.  Read our Presidents' top tips on how to apply for placements to give yourself an insight into what roles you like.

Insight: Global Pharmacy x Jane Msumba

'I truly believe pharmacy is an incredibly exciting and versatile profession, as it really does open doors for us as students once we graduate into a whole host of fascinating domains.'

A pre-reg place in mental health

Interested in a career in mental health?  Read Bryony's insight into her mental health experience, including exploring some of the preconceptions surrounding this area of healthcare.

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.

AFÖP Ball 2019 -A Viennese Whirl

Our Northern Area Conference organiser Andrew Moy attended the Austrian Ball der Pharmacie hosted in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna - find out more about the ball and Andrews's experience here!

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