What does it take to become a consultant pharmacist?

In this episode of The PJ Pod, we talk to a handful of senior pharmacists, who are revolutionising patient care and driving change across the healthcare system, and we find out how others can get there.

In 2020, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) took on responsibility for approving consultant pharmacist posts across the UK and for credentialing individuals as ‘consultant ready’.

In this episode of The PJ Pod, we introduce you to a selection of these impressive individuals to find out what it means to be a consultant pharmacist, how much hard work it takes to get to this level and what can be achieved once you are there.

We also ask how many consultants the profession needs, look at the barriers to reaching this level of practice and explore how the path to becoming a consultant could be made easier.

With thanks to our panel of crusading consultants:

  • Hannah Beba, consultant pharmacist in diabetes at West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership;
  • Paula Crawford, consultant pharmacist for older people services within the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust;
  • Rani Khatib, consultant pharmacist in cardiology and cardiovascular clinical research at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Andrew Radley, consultant in pharmaceutical public health at NHS Tayside.

Thank you also to Paul Forsyth, lead pharmacist in clinical cardiology (primary care) at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Joseph Oakley, associate director of education and professional development at the RPS.

This episode is presented by features editor Dawn Connelly and produced by Geoff Marsh.

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Last updated
The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, November 2022, Vol 309, No 7967;309(7967)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2022.1.166942

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