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. 

Training to become a Pharmacist

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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 »

Foundation Pharmacist

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation Pharmacy Framework describes a Foundation Pharmacist upon successful completion of training. It will in turn inform a national syllabus, curricula and assessments. Read more »

Professional development

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The Professional development roadmap produced by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society describes career pathways and also the support, development needs, and the methods for assessment from day one as a student to the time of retirement from the profession. Read more »

Health and wellbeing

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The NICE guideline ‘Community pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing’ covers how community pharmacies can help maintain and improve people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, including people with a long-term condition. Read more »

Return to prescribing

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The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) Return to prescribing course is a three-day programme delivered over a three month period. It is open to any pharmacist prescriber registered in England who needs to regain the competence and confidence to prescribe. Read more »

International Pharmacists

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International Pharmacists who wish to apply to register as a pharmacist in Great Britain will need to complete an Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP), one year of pre-registration training and the General Pharmaceutical Council registration assessment. Read more »

Locum pharmacists

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Locum pharmacists are an integral part of the pharmaceutical workforce, and for some the attractions of being a locum pharmacist are clear. You can choose your own hours, you can decide where you would like to work and often the pay can be very good. Read more »

Other useful resources

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Access a range of other useful resources for community pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy teams. Read more »

GM Healthcare Academy

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The Greater Manchester Healthcare Academy provides training, education, resources and support for community pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy teams in the Greater Manchester area. Read more »