Pharmacists are experts in medicines and their use. They also offer health advice to patients on issues such as sexual health and giving up smoking. Pharmacists may also supervise pharmacy technicians and pharmacy support staff in purchasing, quality testing or dispensing medicines. 

Becoming a Pharmacist

Training to become a pharmacist takes a minimum of five years and includes the successful completion of a General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) accredited Master of Pharmacy degree, one year’s pre-registration training and the GPhC’s registration assessment. Read more »

Undergraduate placements


Pharmacy students and preregistration trainees now have the opportunity to gain experience in GP practices. Placement activities include how to conduct a clinical audit, observing consultations and learning about repeat prescriptions. Read more »

Pharmacists in primary care

Primary care pharmacists play a significant part in managing medicines. They have a strategic role to focus on maximising benefit and minimising risk associated with medicines as well as making the best use of resources allocated for medicines. Read more »