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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 2019. Pre-registration pharmacists are normally on Band 5, £24,670 to £30,742 a year. After registration pharmacists are on Band 6, £30,401 to £38,046 a year. Clinical and specialist pharmacists are on Band 7, £37,570 to £44,688 a year. Senior pharmacists and team leaders are on Band 8a, £45,446 to £51,883 a year and Band 8b, £53,291 to £62,259 a year.

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

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3570
1.7 %
RISE
2024
3632
  United Kingdom
2019
42056
1.9 %
RISE
2024
42853

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Training

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
Tel: 0207 9303477
Website: http://www.abpi.org.uk
Twitter: @ABPI_UK

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/

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland
Tel: 0845 257 2570
E-mail: scotinfo@rpharms.com
Website: http://www.rpharms.com
Twitter: @rpharms
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/royalpharmsoc/

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