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A pharmacist is an expert in medicines and their use. The majority of pharmacists practice in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy or in primary care pharmacy, working to ensure that patients get the maximum benefit from their medicines. They advise medical and nursing staff on the selection and appropriate use of medicines. They provide information to patients on how to manage their medicines to ensure optimal treatment. Pharmacists are able to undertake additional training in order to allow them to prescribe medicines for specific conditions.

Opportunities also exist for pharmacists to work in specialist fields such as the pharmaceutical industry, education and medical writing. 

Further information

If you are a pharmacy student, you can find out more about preregistration training opportunities in NHS hospitals by visiting the PharmaLife website.

For more information on careers in pharmacy, please contact:

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
1 Lambeth High Street

Tel: 0845 257 2570
Fax: 020 7735 7629
Website: http://www.rpharms.com