Types of pharmacist

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. Pharmacists also advise medical and nursing staff on the clinical and cost effective use of medicines and 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.

For more information on how to become a pharmacist please visit the General Pharmaceutical Council website.

Career prospects

In the NHS, pharmacists can progress through the pay bands (grades) and rise to become a chief pharmacist in either primary or secondary care.  Upon qualification as a pharmacist, opportunities exist to undertake postgraduate qualifications and then to specialise in defined areas of practice which may be clinical (e.g. medical or surgical specialties) or practice based e.g. manufacturing, medicines information, patient services or procurement.

If you are already a pharmacist and are looking at ways of developing your own practice and furthering your career, you might be interested in the following pages:

LPET Learning Events

Specialist Pharmacy Services Learning Events

If you are interested in Education and Training and helping to develop the pharmacy workforce you might be interested in the following pages:

Pre-registration Tutors

Support and Train Staff in the Workplace (ASTSW)