by Dilip Joshi FFRPS MRPharmS
Leading-edge practice, doing new and innovative things, pushing boundaries in our profession are all things that many would identify with and have always appealed to me, however, I have to admit I did not start my career with a grand plan to do any of these things.
When I first qualified – more years ago than I care to remember – community pharmacy was very much a ‘Cinderella’ branch of the profession. Industry was seen as glamorous; hospital as clinical and academia as innovative but community pharmacy had a ‘shop-keeper’ image with a focus on supply. Today, I am pleased to say, community pharmacy is at the forefront of the profession having had more developmental change than any other branch. The appeal for me has always been that you are able to directly see the result of your interventions and over time, I have seen the impact on patients, first-hand as a supplementary and independent prescriber, providing clinics within the pharmacy consultation room, performing medicines reviews and achieving excellence in care through collaboration with other healthcare professionals. Read more Faculty: Expert Professional Practice