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Top 10 Tips for Pharmacists wishing to transition into the Primary Care sector

Updated: Sep 4, 2023

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Many pharmacists are keen to transition into the primary care sector, but we understand that it can be daunting to take the first steps in a new role. We've put together a list of the top 10 tips from our recent podcast episode featuring a clinical pharmacist with 18 months of experience in primary care. These tips are practical, actionable, and come from someone who has been in your shoes. We hope they will help you navigate this exciting new chapter in your career.

Top 10 Tips for Pharmacists wishing to transition into the Primary Care sector:

  1. Be open to learning and adapting to new roles.

  2. Start with simpler tasks before expanding to more advanced areas of practice.

  3. Consider enrolling in training programs or self-studying using reliable sources

  4. Ensure you have a good understanding of a clinical area before talking to patients.

  5. Develop a personal development plan to continue learning and growing.

  6. Find a balance between knowing everything and needing to know enough.

  7. Use follow-up appointments to add any missed information or call the patient back.

  8. If in doubt, check with the GP for reassurance or advice.

  9. When seeking advice from GPs, ask standard questions which require a yes or no answer which is more efficient for GPs to respond.

  10. Remember that confidence grows with experience, and there is always more to learn.

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