What are Band 8/9 Hospital Pharmacy jobs like and how difficult are they to get?

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Hi all,

As someone who is interested in Hospital Pharmacy, I'm wondering what NHS Band 8/9 Pharmacy jobs entail exactly?

Obviously at these bands the salaries start becoming very good and not too far off that of a doctor or a dentist, but I've heard criticism that bands at this level tend to be less about clinical pharmacy and more about management, bureaucracy, red tape etc given its the clinical aspect that most pharmacists are interested in and love doing, do these jobs therefore seem less appealing despite the higher salaries?

How long could one realistically expect to obtain one of these jobs from the time they graduate?
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Hi all,

As someone who is interested in Hospital Pharmacy, I'm wondering what NHS Band 8/9 Pharmacy jobs entail exactly?

Obviously at these bands the salaries start becoming very good and not too far off that of a doctor or a dentist, but I've heard criticism that bands at this level tend to be less about clinical pharmacy and more about management, bureaucracy, red tape etc given its the clinical aspect that most pharmacists are interested in and love doing, do these jobs therefore seem less appealing despite the higher salaries?

How long could one realistically expect to obtain one of these jobs from the time they graduate?
I was wondering the same thing
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(Original post by Sharpshooter)
Hi all,

As someone who is interested in Hospital Pharmacy, I'm wondering what NHS Band 8/9 Pharmacy jobs entail exactly?

Obviously at these bands the salaries start becoming very good and not too far off that of a doctor or a dentist, but I've heard criticism that bands at this level tend to be less about clinical pharmacy and more about management, bureaucracy, red tape etc given its the clinical aspect that most pharmacists are interested in and love doing, do these jobs therefore seem less appealing despite the higher salaries?

How long could one realistically expect to obtain one of these jobs from the time they graduate?
I’m 4 years qualified and I’ve been a band 8a for over a year
”up north” it’s easier to get an 8a. 8as tend to be clinical. 8b/c/d are management or consultant pharmacist posts and a band 9 is the chief!
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I’m 4 years qualified and I’ve been a band 8a for over a year
”up north” it’s easier to get an 8a. 8as tend to be clinical. 8b/c/d are management or consultant pharmacist posts and a band 9 is the chief!
How difficult would it be to obtain consultant pharmacy posts? From what I've read consultant pharmacists still retain a lot of clinical work and patient contact. I've read about people who were say band 8d or 9 who moved down into it so they could still work with patients. Are consultant pharmacists generally more clinical and less management based?
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I’m 4 years qualified and I’ve been a band 8a for over a year
”up north” it’s easier to get an 8a. 8as tend to be clinical. 8b/c/d are management or consultant pharmacist posts and a band 9 is the chief!
To become a consultant pharmacist 10 years of experience qualified as a hospital pharmacist is required yes? I want to go into hospital pharmacy and move into a management role over time how long would you think this would take?
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