Stereo-typically, research papers, something I’m sure I will

Stereo-typically, pharmacists were rarely seen to be much
more than overqualified shopkeepers or pill counters. However, in
recent times, the NHS has successfully brought to light. Through successful marketing and restructuring, pharmacists’
increased responsibilities have helped reduce stress on GP’s and A&E
departments. Through my personal experiences and work experience placements, I
have seen how the modern day pharmacy is run, and the contribution that
pharmacists give towards their community, increasing safety and promoting
engagement between health services and patients. Pharmacists are often the
front line for community medicine/health, and I see their contributions to
community health as invaluable. This is why I believe pharmacy is the career
for me. I never stop being amazed by the NHS and its gift of
universal healthcare. And although its resources are being continually
stretched, it was great to see how they changed the roles of pharmacists to
help ease the strain. Community pharmacists were previously undervalued,
stereo-typically being seen as not much more than shopkeepers or pill counters
in the public opinion. However, in recent times, through successful marketing
campaigns and restructuring, the NHS has increased the responsibilities of
pharmacists. This has helped in all sorts of ways, most notably through
reducing stress on GP’s and A departments. Through my personal experiences
and work experience placements, I have seen how the modern day pharmacy is run,
and the contribution that pharmacists give towards their community, increasing
safety and promoting engagement between patients and health services.
Pharmacists are often the front line for community medicine, and I see their
contributions here to be invaluable. Having this insight into pharmacy,
combined with my love of sciences, is why I believe pharmacy is the perfect
career for me. I have enjoyed studying applied sciences as it often puts
our learning in a practical context, for example when learning about
chromatography. I have become very
familiar with writing lab reports, and consistently use Harvard referencing. We
have also been taught to evaluate our sources, which develops skills that are
transferable to critically appraising research papers, something I’m sure I
will do often in university and further ahead. The emphasis is on independent
learning. Studying sport has developed my knowledge in anatomy and physiology,
while also providing me with leadership opportunities such as when teaching a
sport to a younger class as part of one of my assignments. We also cover things
like risk assessments and health screening tools, which may seem boring but are
very important. Throughout our assignments we are taught to constantly analyse
things such as during coaching. Chemistry has made me view certain topics in
different perspectives from applied sciences, and has helped me develop my
logical thinking.During 6th form, I’ve been studying a
combination of Applied Sciences, Sport and Chemistry. Applied Sciences has been
a very interesting way of learning the subject, as it focuses on the subject’s
application in the real world. I have also appreciated its opportunity to
practice writing lab reports, as we do this repeatedly, and feel confident
using Harvard referencing in my reports while evaluating sources for validity
and credibility. These skills will prove invaluable when producing similar
reports and essays in university. Furthermore, independent learning and
research was emphasised early on in the course, and this makes me confident
when thinking about the demands of university study. Studying Sport has
provided me with a range of opportunities, such as widening my understanding of
anatomy and applying my knowledge of physiology to explain the effects of exercise.
In addition, it has provided invaluable opportunities to build my leadership
skills, such as when teaching sport to younger pupils or participating in
sports coaching. Studying A-level Chemistry has given me an interesting
perspective on the science, and it’s been challenging at times, but I’ve
successfully organised my time to study it alongside my coursework-heavy BTEC
subjects. Studying Applied Sciences has made me value the
importance of science in the real world. I have also appreciated its
opportunity to practice writing lab reports, and now feel confident using
Harvard referencing as well as evaluating sources for validity and credibility.
I am grateful that independent learning and research was emphasised early in
the course, and this makes me confident when thinking about the demands of
university study. Studying Sport has provided me with a range of opportunities,
such as widening my understanding of anatomy and applying my knowledge of physiology
in explaining the effects of exercise, to allowing me the chance to build on my
leadership skills when coaching younger pupils in sports. Studying A-level
Chemistry has given me a refreshing perspective on the science, and it’s been
challenging at times, but I’ve successfully organised my time to study it
alongside my coursework-heavy BTEC subjects.Through work experience placements in a number of
pharmacies, I have observed many of the essential practical aspects of a career
in Pharmacy, including the processing of prescriptions and the importance of
communication when discussing issues with drug administrations with members of
the public. From my work experience placements I also learnt the importance of
patient confidentiality, especially when seeing individuals receiving
medications such as Methadone. I quickly realised the major influence a
pharmacist has on society and certain patients, as well as seeing how it’s the
front line of healthcare.In order to gain a better understanding of the
profession, I independently organised work experience placements in a number of
pharmacies. During my time there, I gained an insight into how pharmacies are
run and learnt more about the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists. I saw
that pharmacists are the last line of defence from prescribing errors, and saw
how patients approached them first for advice on minor illnesses as well as
advice about their medications. Pharmacists’ unique relationship with the
community allows patients to feel free to approach them about issues in regards
to their health or their medication. I found my time during work experience to
be a great opportunity to develop my communication skills through interacting
with patients as well as appreciating the importance of paying attention to
detail. I saw patients on the methadone programme come in daily and really
appreciated the importance of confidentiality in situations such as these. I
was surprised to see that methadone patients were from all walks of life, and
my time in the pharmacies opened my eyes to how disease and addiction can
affect anyone. Throughout my placements I made a point of maintaining high
standards of professionalism, and used my own initiative to ensure the shop
front was clean and organised. In order to gain a better understanding of the
profession, I independently organised work experience placements in a number of
pharmacies. During my time there, I gained an insight into how pharmacies are
run and learnt more about the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists. I saw
that pharmacists are the last line of defence from prescribing errors, and saw
how patients approached them first for advice on minor illnesses as well as
advice about their medications. Pharmacists’ unique relationship with the
community allows patients to feel free to approach them about issues in regards
to their health or their medication. I found my time during work experience to
be a great opportunity to develop my communication skills through interacting
with patients as well as appreciating the importance of paying attention to
detail. I saw patients on the methadone programme come in daily and really
appreciated the importance of confidentiality in situations such as these. I
was surprised to see that methadone patients were from all walks of life, and
my time in the pharmacies opened my eyes to how disease and addiction can
affect anyone. Throughout my placements I made a point of maintaining high
standards of professionalism, and used my own initiative to ensure the shop
front was clean and organised. I participate in a variety of extracurricular
activities as I feel it’s important to maintain well-rounded interests. At
school I relished the opportunity to give back to my school through
participating in the Reading Mentor programme. Through one-to-one supervised
reading sessions I helped younger students improve their language skills, this
also boosted my confidence in communicating and teaching children from diverse
backgrounds. I became more patient and resilient when dealing with difficult
situations the children were facing, and saw how these skills benefited me in
a pharmacy environment during work experience placements. I like to read around
my subjects and find fascinating articles in my father’s Pharmaceutical Journals,
for example a recent article about using nano particles to improve drug delivery . I also
organise my time to allow for regular gym sessions and football games with
friends. Keeping fit helps reduce my stress while contributing to my health,
and I feel a sense of satisfaction as I see real life improvements such as
heavy lifting in my weekend warehouse job or finding it easier to run for the
bus. I participate in a variety of extracurricular
activities as I feel it’s important to maintain well-rounded interests. At
school I relished the opportunity to give back to my school through
participating in the Reading Mentor programme. Through one-to-one supervised reading
sessions I helped younger students improve their language skills. This also boosted my confidence in communicating and teaching children from diverse
backgrounds. I became more patient and resilient when dealing with difficult
situations the children were facing, and saw how these skills benefited me in
a pharmacy environment during work experience placements. I like to read around
my subjects and find fascinating articles in my father’s Pharmaceutical
Journals, for example a recent article about using nano particles to
improve drug delivery. I also organise my time to allow for regular gym
sessions and football games with friends. Keeping fit helps reduce my stress
while contributing to my health, and I feel a sense of satisfaction as I see
real life improvements such as heavy lifting in my weekend warehouse job or
finding it easier to run for the bus.I am a self-driven person who flourishes from
different demanding cases. Through work experience placements, I have
successfully demonstrated communication skills and the ability to work as part
of a team, while understanding the importance to maintain confidentiality and
gaining an insight into the career of a pharmacist. Through 6th
form, I’ve gained a strong foundation of key scientific principles and would
love to expand on this by studying such a dynamic and stimulating course as
Pharmacy. Pharmacy is both a patient-centred and intellectually rewarding
career, and I look forward to applying myself into contributing to an
ever-evolving field.