(Original post by Liz94)
I’ve seen a lot of negativity on this forum recently so I thought I’d spread a bit of positivity!
I did my MPharm at LJMU. I got a pre-registration place at a small(ish) NHS trust and then moved to a huge tertiary care centre for my rotational position.
I have since rotated through cardiology, admissions, surgery and the small community hospital my trust covers.
I also locum at our hospital outpatient’s pharmacy some evenings and weekends (5-9pm or 10am to 8pm) for over £20 an hour, I can’t disclose my exact hourly pay, but it’s more than £20 an hour.
I honestly love both aspects of my registration. My 8:30-5 job is spent with patients, doctors, nurses and consultants. And my locum job is just as fulfilling and I still communicate with patients and doctors.
My band 6 is currently £28,050 but I’m hoping to become a band 7 within 6 months which would see my pay increase to £37,000. This would put me more in line with my community colleagues and I’d still probably locum as I love to keep my hand in community pharmacy!
Any questions I am happy to answer, but I really just wanted to throw a stamp of positivity on the forum
Firstly, congrats on the band 6 job, it's not easy to end up in a band 6 role.
The problem is that there aren't many of these band 6 jobs going around when compared to the bulk of the sector which is community based. For sure, there are more clinical based roles popping up e.g. GP surgeries etc which personally I think are great, however most graduates will be slotting into high street pharmacies, the rest make up hospital and industry. As quasa
rightly mentioned earlier, the negativity surrounding the profession is focused within community pharmacy.
I'm a newly qualified community-based locum pharmacist (also an MUR pharmacist) and to be honest the pay is fine and I enjoy the freedom of working my own hours at different pharmacies however as for career progression, I feel limited, I really do. When you spend 4+1 years to finally become a professional, you expect some sort of return back. The cuts to the community sector are a big slap in a face; it's getting much more competitive with more pharmacy schools opening and subsequently more graduates. The next realistic option is to do a diploma of some sort however I still feel after that, I will be delving into an unknown in terms of career progression.
To be perfectly honest, I've already had thoughts about completely leaving the profession; the only way I would be doing that is to save up everything to train as a commercial airline pilot, a job that offers geniune career progression to all, not the few.
I know this comes across as a downbeat post, but that's my two cents.
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