Pharmacy explores the discovery, production, disposal, and safe and effective use of medications. Pharmacy teaches the science of medicines alongside clinical skills, and legal, commercial and ethical issues. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and their use for patient benefit. Their understanding of how to apply science to clinical situations enables them to make a unique contribution to patient care.

A healthy population depends on the appropriate use of medicines and access to good healthcare advice, and pharmacists’ expertise in the field of medicines and their uses for patients makes them a key part of safeguarding the health of the population.

The majority of community pharmacists in the UK work in independent or retail chain pharmacies, as well as GP surgeries and health centres. Hospital pharmacists often work for hospitals within the NHS and some work for private hospitals. Some pharmacy graduates work in research or for major pharmacy companies.

The role of the pharmacist, no matter where they work, is person-centred; this means that their role will impact patients and the public. As well as having extensive and up to date scientific knowledge, pharmacists must also be able to communicate and show empathy to achieve the trust of the public so that people go to them for help and advice.

When studying pharmacy, you also develop a broad range of skills including: interpersonal; the ability to work well as part of a team; problem-solving and the ability to think clearly and methodically.

If you want a career where the work is highly rewarding, where you can be challenged, have job security, and get an enormous sense of achievement from caring for other people by making a difference to their lives, then pharmacy may be for you.

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