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Pharmacy Professions


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.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians are involved in the procurement, manufacture, dispensing and safe administration of medicines. In most cases, manufacturers supply medicines in a form that is ready for use by the patient, for example tablets and capsules. In these cases, the correct product needs to be selected, an appropriate amount measured and the product labeled with instructions. Some medicines are not routinely available from commercial sources. Hospital pharmacy technicians are trained to make medicinal products such as creams, ointments and mixtures from raw ingredients.

Pharmacy technicians are involved in assembling and labeling dispensed items, and many undertake additional training so that they are able to perform final accuracy checks on dispensed medicines immediately before they are released to the patient.

They label and dispense prescribed medicines and provide information and advice to patients about how to use their medicines. Working under the guidance of the pharmacist, they are also trained to advise members of the public about over-the-counter medicines, the management of minor ailments, and healthy lifestyles. Increasingly, pharmacy technicians are involved in delivering services such as smoking cessation and NHS health checks.

The Health Education East of England Pharmacy Workforce Group meets on a quarterly basis.  Members are from a range of pharmacy stakeholder organisations  from across east of England.