Pharmacists are the medicines expert in the wider healthcare team. They use their clinical and science based training in a range of settings from hospitals and community pharmacies to GP practices, industry, research & development, academia and beyond. They are the third largest healthcare profession.
Pharmacists can be found wherever there are medicines.
Working alongside key stakeholders and educational experts, they review, update and develop teaching and assessment materials to reflect changes in education and practice. This can be for classroom, work-based, or virtual learning environments. Academics also offer pastoral support and highlight development opportunities to students, and are often viewed as role models and mentors.
Teacher Practitioners (TPs) have a split role where, in addition to working in academia, they spend a large proportion of their time working in another area of pharmacy practice such as hospital, community or industry. Within universities, TPs help shape course material to ensure it is contemporary and authentic and may also provide career advice and influence skills development so that student pharmacists are employment-ready.
In addition to teaching, academic pharmacists usually conduct high-quality research or take part in other scholarly activities. This may include areas such as education and training, biotherapeutics, drug design and delivery, healthcare delivery, medicines optimisation and antimicrobial stewardship.
Emphasis is placed on innovation, gathering evidence and using scientific principles to enhance patient outcomes. Academics work collaboratively with others and effectively communicate their findings at conferences and in peer reviewed journals, or through the publication of professional guidance and educational material.
Successful completion of a Master of Pharmacy Degree (MPharm) at an accredited UK university
Successful completion of a Foundation Training Year overseen by the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development
Successful completion of the Common Registration Assessment
Work with a high level of accuracy at all times
Have good communication skills
Work well on their own initiative or as part of a team
Interact well with patients, providing advice, signposting and support.