Community pharmacists work at the front line of healthcare
in cities, towns and villages across Great Britain. They work
from their own pharmacies or out of local healthcare centres
and doctor’s surgeries.
As a community pharmacist your job would
be all about helping patients and the public,
assessing their conditions and making decisions
about which medicines they should take.
You’ll be involved in dispensing medicines and
offering your patients advice and practical help
on keeping healthy. It is a very responsible job
and community pharmacists tend to be highly
respected members of their communities.
Community pharmacists are also taking on more
of the clinical roles that have traditionally been
undertaken by doctors, such as the management
and monitoring of long term conditions,
for example asthma and diabetes, as well as
delivering flu vaccinations, and conducting
medicines reviews. They also help people give
up smoking, alter their diets to make them
healthier and advise on sexual health matters.
Some community pharmacists own their own
businesses and enjoy the challenges of management
and having responsibility for staff, stock and
premises that this brings. Others work for large
pharmacy chains and have the opportunity to
move around and/or progress onto more senior
roles within an established company structure.