As a leading pharmacy recruitment agency, we understand the invaluable role that pharmacists play in the healthcare system. This page is dedicated to providing valuable insights into the dynamic and fulfilling role of a pharmacist and the different career paths you can take.

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Whether you're an experienced pharmacist seeking new opportunities or an aspiring professional eager to begin your pharmacy journey, Quad Recruitment is here to guide you every step of the way.

Join us as we explore the vital responsibilities, diverse career paths, and endless possibilities that await you as a pharmacist.

What is a Clinical Pharmacist?

As a clinical pharmacist, you'll find yourself right at the heart of the healthcare system, collaborating closely with doctors, nurses, and other dedicated healthcare professionals, all with the shared goal of improving patient care.

What can you expect as a clinical pharmacist?

  • Personally conduct structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health conditions
  • Dive into clinical trials and testing results to uncover insights about drug efficacy and potential side effects
  • Take personal responsibility for implementing safety and compliance measures to store medications.
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What is a Community Pharmacist?

As a community pharmacist, your role revolves around making a real difference in the lives of patients and the public. You'll be at the forefront of healthcare, assessing individual conditions and carefully selecting the most suitable medicines for them. As a community pharmacist, you'll hold a responsible and esteemed position in the community.

What can you expect as a community pharmacist?

  • Dispensing medicines and providing valuable health advice and practical support to patients for overall well-being
  • Supervising the preparation of any medicines that are not supplied ready-made by manufacturers
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What qualifications do I need to become a Pharmacist?

To embark on this fulfilling journey, there are specific qualifications and educational requirements you'll need to meet. Pursuing a career in pharmacy typically involves the following qualifications:

For more in-depth information on how to become a pharmacist and the different qualifications you'll need, find everything you need in our insights section.


Firstly, you'll need three A-levels or equivalent in chemistry and a second science or maths, typically offers range from AAB to BBB


You'll need a four-year MPharm Master’s degree from an accredited university.

Each university may have slightly different entry requirements, so we always advise checking specific requirements with any potential universities


To register with the regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), you'll also need to complete one year's practical training placement and pass the registration exam.

Work As A Travelling Pharmacist

With its renowned healthcare system and diverse patient population, the UK offers exciting opportunities for travelling pharmacists looking to work around the world. However, there are certain steps you'll need to take to work become one:

  • The OSPAP course
  • Fitness to Practice evaluation
  • Pre-registration/foundation training year
  • GPhC registration assessment

For more information on the steps you'll need to work as a pharmacist in the UK, checkout our insights section.


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Career advancement in pharmacy requires a diverse range of skills, some acquired through learning and practice, whilst others come naturally. The specific skills needed vary depending on the type of pharmacist you become. To accelerate your professional and personal growth in this field, below highlights some of the key skills you’ll need.

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Excellent Communication Skills

One of the most critical elements of working in a pharmacy job is communication. Being able to provide complex information to other pharmacists succinctly, while providing simpler and digestible explanations to patients effectively is a huge skill that will lend to your success.

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Meticulous Attention To Detail

Your attention to detail is paramount in the pharmacy industry. Every action carries significant weight, as any errors could impact both you and your patients.

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Ability To Work In A Team

The role often requires liaising with other healthcare professionals, as well with the rest of the team to ensure things run smoothly. Good teamwork enables you to constructively coordinate efforts with colleagues.

Why choose a career as a Pharmacist?

Becoming a pharmacist offers a fulfilling and impactful career. You'll make a meaningful difference in patients' lives daily, forming lasting relationships within your sector. The field provides room to grow, diverse leadership options, and flexible working arrangements. 

Contact Quad Recruitment to meet your pharmacy career needs and embark on a rewarding journey in healthcare.

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Interested In Working As A Locum Pharmacist?

A career as a locum pharmacist is an option for many professionals right now due to the benefits it offers. If you'd like to learn how to become a locum through Quad, you'll find our Locum Pharmacists page very useful.

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