Recently Qualified and Want to Locum? Read this first.

Daniel 150With the pre-registration year drawing to a close and many new names appearing on the register, newly qualified pharmacists such as myself are thinking about the next steps to take in our careers. After finishing the pre-registration year many pharmacists choose to become locums; this can be a great way to experience lots of different pharmacies, from small independents to large multiples. The locum lifestyle has many benefits, and for newly qualified pharmacists it is an ideal way to rapidly expand our ever important CV. Taking the initial plunge can be a little daunting, with so many things to consider, from choosing the right agency to preparing for your first shift it can be difficult knowing where to start; fortunately there is ample support available to help make this process far more straightforward. Read more Recently Qualified and Want to Locum? Read this first.

Diary of a Pre-reg: supporting clinicians with research

Natalie WeirBy Natalie Weir ARPharmS, pre-registration pharmacist at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

Early on in my degree I had an interest in neurology, and chose to do my dissertation investigating how a risk gene for schizophrenia impacted on neuroanatomical regions. As it housed the Institute of Neurosciences, I had ambitions to do my pre-registration year at the Southern General Hospital and was ecstatic when I was successful! Read more Diary of a Pre-reg: supporting clinicians with research

Diary of a Pre-Reg: How Research Changed the System

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset By Andrew Carruthers, Pre-registration  Hospital Pharmacist with NHS GGC

Within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde,     pharmacists and nursing staff were concerned. The vancomycin guidelines, which required maintenance doses to be administered during the night, were leaving patients exhausted. Read more Diary of a Pre-Reg: How Research Changed the System

Is your revision ONtrack?

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By Marina Ayad Lambros MRPharmS, qualified July 2014

And the countdown begins…

I did my pre-registration training last year at The Imperial College NHS Trust; my year was packed with learning, new challenges and many achievements. However, I decided at the end of the year that I wanted a bit more experience within community so I am currently locuming for many large chain companies including Superdrug and several independent pharmacies. I found that having the ability to be organised and use time wisely is key if you want to succeed as a pre-registration pharmacist and as a qualified pharmacist. As a result I’ve put together some revision advice for those of you undertaking your training this year!

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The BNF: How do you tag yours?

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by Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd, Communications Executive

Are you a pre-reg trainee coming up to the final exam? We’ve put together some advice for tagging your BNF.

The GPhC allow you to tag your BNF for the exam so that you can easily find the information you’re looking for.

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Keep calm and concentrate: handy revision tips for pre-registration trainees

Revisionby Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd

With the final pre-registration exam approaching, many of you will be starting to think about how to prepare for it. We’ve put our top revision tips together to help you get started:

Plan, plan, plan
First things first: get a rough plan together outlining what you are going to revise and when. Pin it on your wall. It will help you stay focused and avoid wasting valuable time in the midst of revision hell.  Use the exam syllabus to make sure you cover all areas.

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