Which Jobs Are Available To Qualified Pharmacists?
If you’re a recently qualified pharmacist looking for a first-time job in the industry, you might be wondering what options are out there.
Pharmacists are usually in fairly high demand across the UK, so you’re already well on your way to a career in healthcare. But where you choose to ply your trade can make all the difference.
Pharmacist jobs in the UK can be roughly split into three categories:
Each of these provides professionals with the chance to work with the community in a medicinal capacity. The difference between them is simply down to the location and the nature of the work. All pharmacist jobs in the UK are regulated by The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Of Great Britain and workers need to be registered with them to practise in the England, Scotland and Wales.
For foreign nationals looking to work in the country, the completion of the Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme is obligatory. This assessment can be fairly intensive, but successful pharmacists will be able to ply their trade anywhere in Great Britain.
So, let’s take a look at these pharmacist jobs in more detail.
Primary Care Pharmacist Jobs
Primary Care Pharmacists usually work in collaboration with GPs to provide onsite medical support for NHS or private care patients. Involved heavily in the day to day management of medicine, these pharmacists focus on increasing the effectiveness and decreasing the risks of available medication.
Working in close proximity with patients means they are on the frontline of medicinal care and more often than not they are there to promote the importance of prevention as well as cure. Medical staff who take on this job should be prepared to work closely with the public to ensure they are receiving the best possible treatment.
Community Pharmacist Jobs
Community Pharmacists tend to work in local chemist shops, where they can offer expert advice to paying customers. Whilst this work will mainly take place behind a counter, it should never be regarded as a simple retail job. Chemists are required by law to hire qualified pharmacists to run their operations. In this role, you will directly supervise the management and selling of medicine by providing quality advice to your assistants.
A lot of the time, patients will come straight to you for advice, rather than visit a GP, so it is important that you are comfortable interacting with members of the public. With community pharmacists taking on more clinical roles in this way, it’s certainly a fulfilling environment with plenty of room for growth.
Many community pharmacists work in big chain corporations such as Boots or Tesco. These pharmacist jobs are no less regarded than any other and still require you to have a valid degree in the field. Working in a chain means you will get consistent hours and pay, as well as any other company perks.
Hospital Pharmacy Jobs
If life behind a desk doesn’t appeal to you, then perhaps you’re destined for a more proactive job in a hospital pharmacy. Hospital Pharmacists benefit from a varied and interesting career, with patient care at the heart of their job. Their main responsibilities are buying and distributing medicines, working with doctors to select the appropriate dosages and providing quality testing.
In hospital roles, there is also the scope for progression into consultancy. Pharmacists can specialise in many areas of medicine, including haematology, cardiology and paediatrics. Choosing a specialism can help pharmacists move into more advanced roles and acquire skills that will appeal to other employers.
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