Is Pharmacy boring? Watch

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Interesting to see a lot of people who haven't worked in pharmacy giving a view of how boring it is. All I can say is that at the end of my preregistration year (a year of full time work and training) in a hospital I am looking forward to being a pharmacist.

There are many different areas you can specialise in, and if you take the time and effort to get involved in patient care then your job will be a lot more interesting. Let have an example that I have seen personally over the past 6 months only.

1) Community pharmacy. The pharmacist i worked with ran a smoking cessation clinic where he had regular patients from the community who came in to get weekly advice on stopping smoking and reduce the dose of their therapy where appropriate. Yes, a pharmacist was changing the dose of people's medicine. WOULD YOU EVER BELIEVE THAT?! Yes. He also ran sexual health clinics, cardiovascular risk clinics and drug misuse services. This covered people from all backgrounds. I, as a trainee, had the opportunity to counsel a patient on how to test their blood sugar levels using their new blood testing device. Not only this but community pharmacies can have a plethora of people coming in and asking for advice about minor ailments, which the pharmacist may be able to treat with a number of medicines. Community pharmacy can be a very dynamic and rewarding job.

3) Specialist Clinical Pharmacy. I have recently been working in the country's most respected mental health trust. One pharmacist here was involved in every ward round which looked at patients' response to treatment, current mental health status, and individual desires and needs. In these ward-rounds the consultant would lead treatment decisions. The pharmacist had a lot of input with regards to dosing and formulation, the pharmacist would also make a judgment on proposed treatment based on current treatment to ensure no unwanted interactions occur. These pharmacists also spend a lot of time talking 1 on 1 with patients in order to increase compliance with prescribed medicines, which is a problem with mental health patients.

Make what you want of the above examples. Yes - not everyone does the above, especially not in the first one or two years after qualifying. But what job is exactly what you want to it be so soon into your career?

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