A career in hospital pharmacy
"I am passionate about hospital pharmacy as it is so varied and interesting. You are constantly solving problems and learning new things. It is especially rewarding when the nurses or consultants ask your advice as the expert in medicines. I enjoy the fact that I can help patients obtain the best from their medication treatment."
Amanda Kemp, Pre-Reg Training Facilitation for Hospital Pharmacy
Hospital pharmacists are a vital part of the healthcare team. Working in either the NHS or private hospitals, being a hospital pharmacist means you're part of a team where the focus is firmly on patients.
In a hospital pharmacy department there are many areas you can get involved in. Like doctors, pharmacists regularly attend ward rounds and are more involved in selecting treatments for patients than ever before. Aside from working on the wards, there is the manufacturing of sterile medicines, managing the care of patients with all types of conditions, working in the dispensary, providing information on medicines and managing the purchase of medicines for the whole hospital. You can also get involved in general management of the hospital itself.
Some pharmacists specialise as consultants (or as Pharmacists With Specialist Interests) in many areas such as haematology (blood), nephrology (kidneys), respiratory medicine, cardiology (heart), urology (urinary), diabetes, gastroenterology (stomach and intestines), infectious diseases, paediatrics (children) and care of the elderly.
“I chose pharmacy because I want to be involved in frontline healthcare and the profession is now getting the recognition it deserves. As a student the social life is excellent and the course is very interesting and very varied.'
In future there will be more emphasis on pharmacists as primary healthcare professionals."