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    I'm set on doing an MPharm course at Durham Uni and I definitely want a career in the pharmaceutical area but I'm not sure whether to go the industrial route or NHS route.

    What do I do on a pre-reg and what even is it? I just need like an idea of the two seperate routes and the answer to a question i cant find an answer for -how to become a consultant pharmacist!
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    (Original post by seanbolton94)
    I'm set on doing an MPharm course at Durham Uni and I definitely want a career in the pharmaceutical area but I'm not sure whether to go the industrial route or NHS route.

    What do I do on a pre-reg and what even is it? I just need like an idea of the two seperate routes and the answer to a question i cant find an answer for -how to become a consultant pharmacist!
    To become a consultant pharmacist, I would imagine you would have to go down the hospital pharmacy route.
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    Pre-reg is the post-graduate year you are required to complete before you can register as a pharmacist with the GPhC. You can do a pre-reg in a community pharmacy, hospital, or a split placement with 6 months in industry. There is an exam at the end of the year.

    Consultant pharmacist is still an evolving role in hospital pharmacy, but is for pharmacists with a very advanced specialist clinical role. If you want a career in hospital pharmacy you need to do additional qualifications, e.g. a clinical diploma / MSc.

    Hope this helps.
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    according to this BMJ article, there are 41 consultancy posts in England, average age of appointment was 40 and the majority (68%) working in acute teaching hospitals.

    http://ejhp.bmj.com/content/19/2/251.3.short
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    (Original post by Choc Ice)
    Pre-reg is the post-graduate year you are required to complete before you can register as a pharmacist with the GPhC. You can do a pre-reg in a community pharmacy, hospital, or a split placement with 6 months in industry. There is an exam at the end of the year.

    Consultant pharmacist is still an evolving role in hospital pharmacy, but is for pharmacists with a very advanced specialist clinical role. If you want a career in hospital pharmacy you need to do additional qualifications, e.g. a clinical diploma / MSc.

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks this is great! I'm guessing that these extra qualifications would be done during your time working in the hospital?
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    Yes you do them part time alongside working. Most junior hospital pharmacists do a clinical diploma in the first few years they are qualified. They take 18 months - 2 years to complete. They are practice based, e.g. doing case studies on patients.
 
 
 
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