Posted by: Sophie Khatib18 JAN 2014
As a hospital pre-reg trainee I am fortunate to have the knowledge and experience of many pharmacists at my fingertips, but for many of my peers, they may only get the opportunity to work with two or three pharmacists this year before they embark on a lifelong career of making important decisions, independently - for the most part. Working with so many highly skilled pharmacists has made me think about how important sharing knowledge and experiences is with colleagues - especially those with a few more years (or even decades) of pharmacy practice under their belt! And so I decide to spend £67 of my (precious, well earned) pre-reg wage on RPS membership. As a student I was an active member of BPSA attending conferences and also was able to attend many local practice forums as a student - something I have missed since being away from uni.
I believe that pre-regs working in all sectors will benefit from RPS membership. First is the feeling you get of being a member of a professional body. I feel that the RPS do a really good job representing the interests of pharmacists and getting the opinions of pharmacists in the media. I also get a copy of the PJ and Clinical Pharmacist, which I can flick through on the train on the way to training days and can use them to supplement my evidence writing. You never know what the gaps in your knowledge are until you start looking and I find Clinical Pharmacist, especially, really useful for this. It expands my knowledge and experience of some areas of pharmacy that I may not get the chance to see as a pre reg. The RPS membership also supports you in preparation for the looming “exam“- worth the £67 alone in my view! I could talk forever on the benefits of joining but maybe worth a visit to their website - hopefully see you at the RPS conference next year!