How do I become a pharmacist?
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and as one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare play a key role in improving the health of the nation, and ensuring patient safety.
They are experts in medicines and their use. They have a unique set of skills and knowledge, they train as scientists and clinicians. They use this scientific knowledge to advise patients how to take their medicines and make recommendations on the best medicine for particular conditions and diseases. Pharmacists are the third largest healthcare profession in Great Britain.
Pharmacists work in a number of different settings, developing new medicines, supplying medicines, providing advice about medicines, and offering health services. Some pharmacists are also prescribers, and like doctors can prescribe medicines on prescriptions. They also work within the wider healthcare team, ensuring that patients receive the best possible care. Pharmacists also work in other roles where there may be less direct contact with patients, for example in universities, regulation, government organisations, research, publishing and the pharmaceutical industry.
Pharmacists must have very good communication skills, as they are required to translate technical medical information to patients. They often work in busy environments and must be organised, logical, be able to manage multiple tasks, and remain calm under pressure. They should also have a good eye for detail and be thorough and accurate in what they do. Pharmacists work in teams and are often involved in education and training others, so good people skills are also essential.