Band 6 shift working clinical pharmacist

Sorcha

I’ve been working in this role for about a year and a half, after I passed my exams to gain registration following training in the Trust. I completed a four-year Master’s degree in Kent before that.

I came to Derby as I liked the fact it was a teaching hospital. I knew people in the area as well, so I thought it would be a good opportunity all round.

Pharmacy interested me as a career as I’ve always enjoyed science and dealing with people. I like helping patients and working with medication. The science behind it also interests me.

There’s a lot of room for development in pharmacy, with lot of opportunity to develop skills and plenty of roles you can train towards. I’m currently studying for my Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, which is a two-year course with De Montfort University. The team here are very supportive with my training.

We have a working pattern which includes early shifts, late shifts, night shifts, weekends and some normal days. We provide 24-hour pharmacy cover, as we support the big aseptics unit. We’re also resuscitation-trained, and we’re part of the CPR crash team.

We work on three-month rotations here, covering eight areas over two years. It’s ward-based, and I spend time screening medicines, talking with doctors and patients. I’ve worked in medicine, surgery, women’s and children’s and the oncology wards. I like the rotation because you have an opportunity to learn so much. You’re trained very well here, as you’re part of a big team. You get a broad range of experience and you can then decide what you want to do. It’s very rewarding.