Hospital Pharmacist

Average Salary: £28,000 - £33,000
Competition: MID
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

Hospital Pharmacists’ knowledge on medicines within the hospital environment are second to none. Most of all, they are given the big responsibility to dispense medicines. But also plays a part in the purchasing and quality testing of medicines. No, they don’t test the medicines on themselves!

Duties

Our hats goes off to Hospital Pharmacists. Not only do they have to work in a place that can be as hectic as the London Underground at 6pm, but they have to do the following to the highest of standards:

  • Making sure prescriptions are accurate and are safe for patients
  • Advising on medicine dosages and the most appropriate form of medication, such as tablet, injection and so forth
  • Preparing and producing medicines that have not been fully-made by manufacturers
  • Maintaining stock levels by ordering and purchasing pharmaceutical supplies
  • Ensuring medicine is stored securely and patient profiles are recorded
  • Networking with other health professionals and keeping up-to-date with pharmaceutical developments

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Hospital Pharmacist should:

  • Have excellent communication skills, showing attentive listening skills
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and have a genuine caring nature
  • Maintain high accuracy in work, whilst having an attention to detail
  • Have good planning and organisation skills
  • Approach problems methodically using scientific knowledge

Entry Routes

To become a Hospital Pharmacist, you need to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). This is not one of your simple registration forms on the internet, where you simply have to put your name and e-mail address. It’s a tad more complicated! The following shows the stages needed to successfully register with the GPhC and to qualify as a Hospital Pharmacist:

  • Stage 1 – Complete an accredited Masters degree in Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Stage 2 – Undertake a period of one year training in a community pharmacy
  • Stage 3 – Pass the GPhC registration exam

After completing these stages, thou shalt pass and apply to be part of the GPhC. It’s also worth being a student member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Here you will gain access to a lot of resources that can help with your studies.

Job Progression

Hospital Pharmacist

Senior Hospital Pharmacist

Senior Clinical Pharmacist

Consultant Pharmacist

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • People – It’s a career that gives you the opportunity to meet and communicate with some really interesting people
  • Rewarding – It feels good to genuinely help someone with their health
  • Ever-learning – You’re always learning about new medicines, what works best and so forth

The Bad

  • Work Environment – The hospital environment is very busy and can get quite intense
  • Difficult People – From time to time, you can come across people who are being difficult, which can be frustrating
  • On Your Feet – It’s a job that consists of being literally on your feet, nearly all the time