Shauna Fitzpatrick

4th Year pharmacy student, Queen’s University Belfast

When I was at secondary school, I completed work experience in a community pharmacy and at Queens University Belfast. These experiences gave me an invaluable insight into the role of pharmacists and the vital role we play in public health.

Now a full-time student, I am a tour guide for the QUB Pharmacy Open Days, which allows me to promote the profession to prospective students and give them advice about why they should choose a career in pharmacy.

I have been working in a community pharmacy since first year at university. A typical work day for me involves labelling prescriptions, assembling weekly MDS packs, dispensing medication for the pharmacist to check and advising patients on different OTC medication.

Pharmacists are invaluable to the health sector. They are the first point of contact for many patients. I feel there is no job more rewarding than ours as we can both treat and advise patients, all the while working on the frontline. It also allows us to develop strong and trusted relationships.

In Northern Ireland, there has been so many new leaps in the pharmacy sector and advancing opportunities. I look forward to doing my part towards continuing to shape the future of NI pharmacy.