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The healthcare team
By Peter Waterman
Being an integral member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team is a key to
young pharmacist Briohny Gillespie's passion for hospital pharmacy.
Briohny says she was always drawn to
hospital pharmacy during her student
days and this naturally evolved into her
gravitating towards this sector when
'My decision was really cemented during
my hospital placements throughout my
degree,' she says.
'I liked the idea of working as part of
a team with doctors, nurses and other
allied health professionals. Being directly
involved in each step of the patient's
journey and having access to the entire
clinical picture enables me to make more
informed decisions about my patients'
care and optimise treatment.
'It's rewarding to know I am a valued
member of the interdisciplinary team and
I enjoy working constantly with doctors
and nurses to get the best outcomes
for my patients. It's also great to work in
a setting with other pharmacists with
varied experiences and different skill sets.
I am challenged every day, and enjoy
problem solving and learning from my
Briohny says part of the attraction
towards hospital pharmacy is that she
finds her job extremely rewarding,
particularly when she is sitting down with
a patient and explaining what changes
have occurred to their medication regime.
'At these times it's nice to know that I
have worked with the medical and allied
health teams to optimise every part of
their treatment,' Briohny explains.
'I also really enjoy the professional
development side of hospital pharmacy;
we have a strong focus on continually
improving our practice, promoting
evidence-based medicine and actually
seeing changes to prescribing practices.'
Briohny also has some advice for any
young pharmacist thinking of choosing
hospital pharmacy as a career: 'Just do it!
Absolutely just do it! Apply for a job and
see what happens,' she urges.
'Hospital pharmacy is a stimulating,
exciting place to work and you will be
challenged constantly and learn every
'It doesn't matter if you don't complete
your internship in hospital. I trained in
community pharmacy and moved into
hospital as a newly registered pharmacist.
Having experience across many areas of
pharmacy is great -- take your skills and
apply them to any setting.'
She finds one of the most challenging
aspects of her job is the fact that she is
'Hospital pharmacy can be pretty busy.
As a young pharmacist on a busy medical
ward, prioritising and time management
are really important skills to have,'
'It also keeps me really busy with staying
up to date with emerging evidence
and researching new fields; but this is
one of the great parts of the job as well.
Sometimes it's just finding the time to fit
it all in.'
Briohny recognises that in the current
tight workforce conditions, young
pharmacist seeking their dream job need
to have an edge over their peers.
'I know that young pharmacists in
particular have workforce concerns,'
'I think one bit of advice I would give a
young pharmacist seeking an edge in
securing their dream job is to make the
most of your student placements and
'These are the most valuable experiences
you have to set you up for entering the
workforce. Once you're working as a
pharmacist, embrace the area you're in
and learn as much as you can.
'You may want to move around to other
areas within pharmacy, but remember
that skills are transferable and can be
applied to any workplace setting.
'Get involved in your local branch of the
different professional bodies. Attend
continued professional development
and networking events. It's great to
meet other pharmacists working in
Looking ahead, Briohny is confident
about pharmacy's future despite the
rapidly changing healthcare environment.
'Just as pharmacists are valuable
members of the healthcare sector now,
I believe we will continue to be in the
future,' she says.
'I think we need to focus on our skills
and push for a greater presence in
the healthcare system. There is much
discussion around the changing role
of the pharmacist in today's healthcare
environment; it's an exciting time and I
look forward to how this will evolve'.
'It's rewarding to
know I am a valued
member of the
and I enjoy working
doctors and nurses to
get the best outcomes
for my patients'
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