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    I am currently half way through completing a hospital pre registration but am considering pursuing community pharmacy as a career.

    I am concerned that after completing a hospital pre reg and having competed minimal community pharmacy experience I may need some foundation training before becoming totally competent.

    What companies are considered as the gold standard trainers of young pharmacists and how common is a community pharmacy diploma offered as part of training? Are these useful?

    In many years I think that I would be interested in owning a community pharmacy, would it be advisable to complete a business course of some kind?
    Last but not least, how satisfying is owning your own pharmacy and what salary is an independent pharmacist owning the shop likely to earn?

  • #2
    Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

    You want to make a million, start with two million.
    johnep

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    • #3
      Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

      I did my pre-reg in hospital and then went straight into locuming in community. I had worked at BTC in my hols from uni though which did help a bit. The transition wasn't too bad, the only thing i found slightly harder was OTC prescibing, but you soon get up to speed. There are various books available which help with all aspects of OTC prescribing/minor ailments etc.

      Find yourself a quiet shop for the first week or so, don't take an agency's word for it when they say shop is quiet. They promised me a quiet shop for my first day qualified and it turned out to be shop doing 600 items a day. Definately in at the deep end, but i survived, just! Wouldn't recommend it though!

      Good luck!

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      • #4
        Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

        Come to think of it, what's the difference between a community pharmacist (who doesn't own his own pharmacy) and a locum? Is it just that locums work through agencies?

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        • #5
          Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

          I don't own a pharmacy, and I'm not a locum.

          I'm employed and work in a shop owned by someone else! Locums are self employed and most don't work through agencies, if you do a good job word of mouth will usually fill your diary.

          When i started i locumed for a while and used an agency to start with, but after a while, if you market yourself, the calls for work start coming in directly from the shops or locum co-ordinators.

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          • #6
            Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

            Thanks for that info.

            Although if you don't mind I have some more questions - is there no way to PM you?

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            • #7
              Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

              Originally posted by #1_Wasteman View Post
              Thanks for that info.

              Although if you don't mind I have some more questions - is there no way to PM you?
              there is now!

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              • #8
                Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

                Thanks for the replies, would you recommend to start off as a locum instead of through a company then?

                Do any of the big companies offer a community equivalent of the hospital diploma, if so how easy is it get this and how valuable are they?

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                • #9
                  Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

                  Oh dear, you do have stars in your eyes. Multiples only care that you are reasonably competent and have a certificate. In the old days it was said a corpse with a certificate could get a job.
                  johnep

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                  • #10
                    Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

                    Originally posted by johnep View Post
                    Oh dear, you do have stars in your eyes. Multiples only care that you are reasonably competent and have a certificate. In the old days it was said a corpse with a certificate could get a job.
                    johnep
                    Some of the more enlightened ones did.
                    Can I mention Weldricks, without advertising?
                    47 BC : Julius Cesar : Veni Vidi Vici : I came, I saw I conquered.
                    2018 AD : Modern Man : I shopped, I clicked, I collected.
                    How times change.

                    If you find you have read something that has upset or offended you an anyway please unread it at once.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

                      Originally posted by Pharmanaut View Post
                      Some of the more enlightened ones did.
                      Can I mention Weldricks, without advertising?
                      You can if it's not a blatent ad, and just for the purpose of discussion.

                      If it's the Weldricks in and around Doncaster it's the worst company I have ever worked for.
                      Lively debate is encouraged but please respect the opinions and feelings of others.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Starting as a community pharmacist

                        Originally posted by admin View Post
                        You can if it's not a blatent ad, and just for the purpose of discussion.

                        If it's the Weldricks in and around Doncaster it's the worst company I have ever worked for.

                        No not a blatant ad.
                        I did go for an interview once and they turned me down.
                        Tell me why they were the worst in a PM.
                        47 BC : Julius Cesar : Veni Vidi Vici : I came, I saw I conquered.
                        2018 AD : Modern Man : I shopped, I clicked, I collected.
                        How times change.

                        If you find you have read something that has upset or offended you an anyway please unread it at once.

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