Pharmacist

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Pharmacist Contact our dedicated medical desk for upto date current live Pharmacy vacancies in the NHS,Retail, and the private clinics.

Our experienced consultants will search and assist you finding the suitable placement long or short term, locum or permanent.

We are a Buying Solutions approved supplier and have access to all Pharmacy vacancies in the NHS. 

Our team has extensive experience dealing with Pharmacy staff and in addition to the personal service we also offer the following:

  • Excellent pay rates
  • PAYE or Ltd company pay scheme
  • Limited company setup
  • Bank Account setup assistance
  • Referral bonus
  • Expert recruitment consultants with good professional knowledge
  • Short or long term placements to suit you

  For an upto date discussion on current vacancies and advice please contact Steve or Amy on 020 8551 1299.

 

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What is a Pharmacist ?

A pharmacist is an expert in medicines and their use. The majority of pharmacists Practice in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy or in primary care pharmacy, working to ensure that patients get the maximum benefit from their medicines. They advise medical and nursing staff on the selection and appropriate use of medicines. They provide information to patients on how to manage their medicines to ensure optimal treatment. Pharmacists are able to undertake additional training in order to allow them to prescribe medicines for specific conditions. Opportunities also exist for pharmacists to work in specialist fields such as the pharmaceutical industry, education and medical writing.

Working as a hospital pharmacist

Hospital pharmacists are experts in the field of medicines. They are responsible for the purchase, manufacture, dispensing, quality testing and supply of all the medicines used in the hospital. They work closely with medical and nursing staff to ensure patients receive the most appropriate treatment, and provide help and advice to patients in all aspects of their medicines.

They advise on the selection of medicines and the dose and route of administration for individual patients. They provide information about potential side effects and ensure that new treatments are compatible with existing medication. In addition, they monitor the effects of treatment to ensure that it is safe and effective.

As the medicines expert in the healthcare team, you are able to provide advice about the effects that a medicine or combination of medicines may produce. You will give advice on dosage, suggest the most appropriate form of medication – such as tablet, injection, ointment, inhaler – and discuss with the medical staff the potential problems patients may experience with their medicines.

You will be expected to provide specialist advice on medicines for patients with conditions such as heart failure, kidney or liver disease, and for pregnant or breast-feeding women who should not take some medicines.

You will work with individual patients to help select the most appropriate therapy, taking account of factors including their existing medication, their medical history, their lifestyle and their ability to understand and adhere to a treatment plan.

As well as working on the wards with patients, there are several roles that are undertaken within the pharmacy itself. Your main role in the dispensary is to “professionally check” all prescriptions to ensure that the dispensed medicines are appropriate and safe for the individual patient.

In the medicines information department, pharmacists use a range of reference sources, including electronic databases and the Internet, to provide detailed information to healthcare professionals and patients about all aspects of medicines usage. New drugs are evaluated and compared to existing treatments before the hospital decides whether to purchase them.

Pharmacists are also involved in the manufacture of medicines when ready-made preparations are not available. For example, certain cancer treatments and intravenous feeding solutions need to be tailor made under sterile conditions for individual patients.

Specialised roles in other areas such as procurement, radiotherapy, quality assurance and education also exist.

Many pharmacists combine their professional role with some form of managerial responsibility, and also often will be involved in monitoring and reporting on expenditure from the budget for medicine usage within the hospital.

Most hospital pharmacists are involved in a range of activities and work with a variety of healthcare staff and NHS managers so team working, together with the ability to communicate well at all levels, is essential.

Accuracy and attention to detail are important, as is the ability to use your foundation in science when solving problems.

Community pharmacists

This is the area of pharmacy you are probably already familiar with. We all know what it's like to be able to drop in to consult our local pharmacy about a bad chest or a rash. Communication skills are important here as you build relationships with patients.

As well as handling prescriptions, you'll be counselling people on how to use medicines in safe and appropriate ways. You might be organising free delivery for housebound people, or supervising the heroin substitute methadone and helping a patient's recovery from addiction. If you care about your fellow human being, you'll get a real buzz from solving patients' problems.

And, of course, there will be the challenge of financial management and responsibility for staff, premises and stock. You'll find there are a thousand ways of being an important part of your local community and you will feel as though you are making a positive contribution to society. It will give you a tremendous sense of worth.

Where can I obtain further information?

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain- UK Society for Pharmacists.

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