Meet Stephen, a Chief Pharmacist who tells us all about his role and why he chose pharmacy as a career.Read transcript
Specialist clinical pharmacists are the point of contact for nursing and clinical staff regarding specialist medicines management issues and provide clinical pharmacy services in outpatient, pre-assessment, clinics, board rounds and ward rounds. They audit and monitor drug usage for their designated specialism, provide financial reports on expenditure and promote cost-effective prescribing. Specialist pharmacists often get the opportunity to rotate through a variety of clinical areas within their specialism, building experience and expertise.
To practise as a pharmacist, you need to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). To register, you need to complete a five-year programme of integrated academic and clinical-based teaching.
Years 1-4 will be as a student and you will achieve a Master's degree in pharmacy (MPharm) at university, followed by a one-year paid work placement called a foundation training year. A list of universities across the UK is available at the bottom of this page.
University entry requirements are generally:
Each university sets its own specific requirement so it's important to check university websites or the Studying healthcare website.
Consultant Pharmacist, Alison shares her day-to-day life of the role and her experiences in hospital.Read transcript
Pharmacy Technician & Pharmacy Undergraduate, Lewis shares his day-to-day life of the role and his experiences in hospital pharmacyRead transcript
Specialist pharmacist professionals specialise in a variety of clinical areas. Each area presents its own challenges and requires specific expertise and skills. These include: