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Pharmacist

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Pharmacists work either in a community or retail pharmacy or in a hospital or clinical pharmacy.

The Work

Community or Retail Pharmacist

You could be:

Hospital or Clinical Pharmacist

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates can vary depending on whether the pharmacist works with the National Health Service (NHS), with a private practice, or is self-employed.

Pharmacists working within the NHS are on Agenda for Change scales. The current pay scales are from April 2023. Pre-registration pharmacists are normally on Band 5, £30,229 to £37,664 a year. After registration pharmacists are on Band 6, £37,831 to £46,100 a year. Clinical and specialist pharmacists are on Band 7, £46,244 to £53,789 a year. Senior pharmacists and team leaders are on Band 8a, £56,992 to £61,522 a year and Band 8b, £67,285 to £71,978 a year.

Salaries for community pharmacists range from £23,000 to £50,000 a year depending on experience and size of pharmacy.

Conditions

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Getting In

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
5019
0.3 %
FALL
2029
5005
  United Kingdom
2024
60546
3.3 %
RISE
2029
62574

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
Tel: 0203 713 8000
E-mail: info@pharmacyregulation.org
Website: http://www.pharmacyregulation.org
Twitter: @TheGPhC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGPhC

National Pharmacy Association (NPA)
Tel: 01727 858687
E-mail: npa@npa.co.uk
Website: http://www.npa.co.uk/
Twitter: @NPA1921
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Supportyourlocalpharmacy/

NHS Scotland Careers
Website: http://www.careers.nhs.scot
Website (2): https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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