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- Other common doctoral occupations
- Hospital pharmacist
Between 2006 and 2009, 0.3% of employed doctoral graduates or 40 employed doctoral graduates, are known to have been working as hospital pharmacists six months after graduation.
Hospital pharmacists are classified in the ‘other common doctoral occupations' cluster of doctoral employment.
Hospital pharmacists work in a hospital pharmacy service, primarily within the public sector. They are experts in the field of medicines and are not only responsible for the dispensing of prescriptions but also the purchase, manufacture and quality testing of all medicines used in a hospital. They are members of a healthcare team and work closely with medical and nursing staff to ensure patients receive the best treatment. They also provide help and advice to patients in all aspects of their medicines.
The role of the hospital pharmacist can extend outside the hospital with responsibility for medicines in health centres, nursing homes, hospices and general practitioners' (GP) surgeries.