BPSA sets out students' expectations for the future

The BPSA has published a discussion paper that examines the aspirations and expectations of pharmacy students

‘Aspirations and Expectations of Pharmacy Students’

The BPSA are pleased to launch our discussion paper, ‘Aspirations and Expectations of Pharmacy Students - A View to the Future’ this afternoon following our 75th Annual Conference in Durham. The paper examines the aspirations and expectations of pharmacy students as they set out on their journey to become a pharmacy professional. It explores themes such as pharmacist prescribing, the provision of seven day clinical pharmacy services, and what aspects of practice students are interested in training and working in.

Executive Co-option April 2017

The positions of Vice President, Graduate Officer, and Eastern Area Coordinator remain vacant following the Executive elections held on 8th April 2017. Co-option for these positions is now open. Successful applicants will serve on the Executive from July 2017 to June 2018.

Absentee Election Nomination

Members unable to attend the Executive elections on 8th April who wish to run for a position on the BPSA Executive 2017-18 can complete an absentee election nomination form.

Oriel - the new pre-registration recruitment platform

A new centralised recruitment and selection process for pre-registration pharmacist posts in England and Wales will be introduced from summer 2017. The new application process will utilise the Oriel IT system and is a direct replacement for the Pharmalife application process. The Oriel IT system is already used to support the recruitment of both dentists and doctors. It is expected that all hospital and the majority of community pre-registration pharmacist posts across England and Wales will be recruited to via this process.

Lloyds Pharmacy Summer Placement

The Lloyds Pharmacy Summer Placement scheme is open to first, second and third year students!

Future Pharmacist - July 2016

Welcome to Future Pharmacist: PDS Clinic Edition July 2016. In this issue we focus on assessing travel health risks. Pharmacists provide a wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics to inform and educate the public.

Careers in Focus - Lottie Bain

Lottie Bain Pharmaceutical Development Graduate, AstraZeneca What does your current role involve and how did you end up with your current job? I completed my pre-registration year in hospital, and had an absolutely fantastic experience. However, I have always been interested in all sectors of pharmacy and had summer placement experience in community, hospital and industry as an undergraduate.

BPSA Executive Co-Option April 2016

The positions of Vice President and Information Technology Officer remain vacant following the Executive elections held on 26th March 2016. Co-option for these positions is now open. Successful applicants will serve on the Executive from July 2016 to June 2017.

BPSA 74th Annual Conference round-up

Another Annual Conference is over, and the post-conference blues have set in for all delegates who joined us during the week. Debate about the issues important to pharmacy students went on all week during conference business, with motions passed on having a centralised system for summer placement advertisement, exposure to clinical environments throughout the MPharm degree, and a particularly heated debate on whether pharmacists should have the right to refuse to supply emergency hormonal contraception based on personal, ethical or religious beliefs.

Springtime in Cardiff: Join us for our Annual Conference!

You may be swamped in coursework and assessments, but don’t forget our Annual Conference is growing ever closer.

Western Area Coordinator 2015-2016 Resignation

Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, the BPSA Western Area Coordinator 2015-2016 has resigned their post, effective Saturday 6th February 2015. As a consequence, the BPSA Spring Western Area Conference 2016 has been cancelled. If you have already purchased a ticket for this event please contact the BPSA IT Officer at itofficer@bpsa.co.uk for details on how to receive a refund for this event.

EPSA Annual Congress 2016

The Registration for the 38th EPSA Annual Congress is now OPEN!

Get Involved in Antibiotic Stewardship

There is a very real risk that these essential medicines could become obsolete within our lifetime. Although this threat has been recognised, what can we do to stem the tide?

What Do You Think About Student Numbers and Entry Requirements?

Students have expressed their concern that more pharmacy students means increased competition for jobs. A recurrent theme was a potential disparity between student numbers and availability of pre-registration training places, an essential stepping stone to registration.

What Could the Role of the Pharmacist be in the Future?

Pharmacy practice is always evolving, and it’s a particularly exciting time to be entering the profession. This month, the BPSA are keen to hear your views on future roles for pharmacists and what you think about independent prescribing.


Places are now available to book for the ‘Humanitarian responses: the role of the pharmacist’ conference on Saturday March 19th.

BPSA Conference update

Last chance to buy BPSA conference tickets

Students key to realising aims of NHS five-year plan

By Thorrun Govind, recently graduated from King’s College London. The NHS Five Year Forward View outlines a vision of an NHS that can deliver better care and a better experience for patients. It aims to tackle the growing health and care inequality gap and acknowledges that patient needs are changing over time and new challenges are developing. So how can students help? Students have to regularly adapt to a changing environment, from the transition from primary school to secondary school and then to university. They need to be equally adaptable in the NHS by knowing who can effectively care for the patient best, thereby helping to minimise inappropriate use of healthcare services.

Special report: Disquiet over pre-reg exam

Pre-reg trainees raise their concerns over this year's registration assessment.


Judicial review aftermath: Pharmacy down but not out?

One month on from the judicial review, we examine the implications of the judgment and ask what happens now?

PSNC to appeal funding cuts ruling

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Primary Care Pharmacy - Could It Be For You?

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Dates for your diary: June

As the summer edges closer, public health campaigns start to step up a gear and there are plenty of opportunities for ph...

New EC guidance explained

Guidance on emergency contraception has been updated, so what are the changes and how will they affect pharmacy services...