My journey so far
The need for adaptability
I currently rotate between different branches to cover the regular Pharmacists and Pharmacy Managers. I have to be pretty adaptable, as I need to quickly get to grips with new stores, new environments, different staff and a different flow, wherever you go.
There’s a whole lot to take in when I get to a new branch – as I’m not just replacing a Pharmacist but also the Pharmacy Manager. I have to assess things like daily store targets, flu vaccinations, role delegation, rota managing, lunch rotation and lots more. Adaptability and flexibility determine your success in this job.
Giving the best healthcare service
As a Pharmacist, it’s imperative that I give the most effective and efficient healthcare service as possible. In every branch I go to, I aim to make the pharmacy a welcoming place for the patients; ideally I’d like people to feel so confident and comfortable coming to our pharmacies, that they’re happy to come to us rather than their GP. This means of course that I have to be completely up-to-date with the latest changes in the NHS, both clinically and financially.
In my day-to-day pharmacy role, I have to make sure that every dispensed prescription is safe and accurate for the patient. It’s also my responsibility to control medications by monitoring drug therapies and advising on interventions.
I also help patients heal and avoid getting sick, by sharing advice on using non-prescription remedies, health supplements like vitamins, and herbal and natural health products. Of course, there’s advice on exercising and maintaining a good diet too… we always try and help in any way we can.
Lots of support
To become successful in my role, I’ve shadowed more experienced colleagues and learned so much. I’ve also been very well supported by my pre-reg tutor; he devised a revision timetable for me, gave me lots of learning material and introduced me to people who could help me academically. He’s always been my main point of contact, and has given me confidence when I really needed it. My regular reviews with area managers, monthly knowledge checks and managerial seminars also make sure I have all the learning opportunities I need.
A winner in 2017
My proudest moment has to be when I won the LloydsPharmacy Regional Pre-registration Pharmacist award in 2017. I now plan to do a clinical diploma, then follow that up with an independent prescribing course, with the full support of McKesson.