It’s easy to quote a list of impressive facts about Lloydspharmacy, but we are much more than a series of numbers.
Lloydspharmacy [part of Celesio Group UK] is a community pharmacy that has primary care at the core of its business; our key purpose is to put the customer at the heart of what we do. Which is why we offer a ser vice that goes beyond dispensing prescriptions, providing a complete healthcare package in communities across the UK. Many are surprised to discover the breadth of what we do, whether that is our work in specific communities such as prison populations, hospitals or mental health units or national products launches aimed at improving community health, our reach is surprisingly wide. So whether you’re par t of the opening of a flagship facility, introducing our regular customers to affordable blood pressure monitors and allergy relievers, or operating a suite of convenient professional health check ser vices including free blood pressure and diabetes testing, and cholesterol and heart checks you can rest assured, being a PreReg within Lloydspharmacy teaches you more than just the art of dispensing.
A career at Lloydspharmacy is about more than just prescription ser vices. Being a great healthcare brand means we put prevention, management and treatment for our customers at the core of our business. You will have consistent hands on experience to deliver high quality outcomes for chronic conditions such as diabetes and hear t conditions. A career in pharmacy with Lloydspharmacy will mean genuine opportunities to support local communities in making informed health decisions enabling you to make a difference to your local community. By reading through our quick guide you’ll find out how, by hiring unrivalled talent, and giving them access to unrivalled training Lloydspharmacy provides a plat form for you to develop an exciting and engaging career in an unrivalled business.
If you want to blend into the background or stay dispensing from behind the counter, Lloydspharmacy probably isn’t the place for you. We bring you on board with the intention to give you a variety of exposure across multiple ser vices, and train and develop you to take on bigger and better things throughout your career. Our training doesn’t stop at the end of your PreReg year and whilst we continue to offer ser vices to our customers unrivalled by any other, we will continue to seek those exceptional individuals, and continually develop our unrivalled talent. To become a PreReg with us, you’ll need a sense of passion and drive which encourages you to be ambitious in your thoughts and your delivery. We want people who are prepared to not only be part of change but who will actually drive change and make things happen. Although clichéd, in community pharmacy our people really are our greatest asset, showing commitment, determination and enthusiasm to our customers and to our business.
Life in a Lloydspharmacy is diverse with pharmacies across the country severing a wide range of customers and communities. Experience in our pharmacies will provide you with not only a great training plat form, but give you the foundations you need to establish a successful career which is more varied than you might expect. With pharmacists working in Out Patient Dispensing, Prisons, and Mental Health Operations and at sensational sporting events such as Wimbledon and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, community pharmacy in Lloydspharmacy might have a surprise or two up its sleeve.
Our training scheme is an essential part of our preregistration programme and is developed by experienced pharmacists within the Training & Development Team, to guarantee it is current, flexible, and aligned to meet your needs. Most importantly the scheme as a whole helps you to prepare for the GPhC registration exam and develop you to ensure you are equipped for your role as a qualified pharmacist. All of which sees Lloydspharmacy consistently achieve a registration exam pass rate above national average (97% in 2012).
The programme itself is made up of distinct components and is designed to dovetail with the GPhC performance standards with both practical pharmacy based training and off the job development. Your one-to-one relationship with your tutor guarantees you a mentor and advocate throughout your PreReg year, providing you with a constant source of knowledge and feedback. In addition, your pharmacy staff, the Training & Development Team and your peers in your training groups provide an extensive support network that ensures that while your year might be challenging you will always feel supported.
Your regular training days give an opportunity for you to share best practice and challenges as well as increase your learning. As the year goes on, we will also provide opportunities for exam practice and other development activities to ensure PreReg success. Coursework forms a vital component of these days and provides you with a great opportunity to start put ting your learning into practice, with support from your tutor. Including:
– Self study workbooks, which enable you to focus your learning on those areas that you identify as being critical to your development
– Structured assignments, which include GP/Nurse Visits, completion of an audit project, Medicine Usage Review (MUR ) accreditation, and much more.
With Pharmacy playing a bigger role in primary healthcare than ever before there has never been a better time to join the industry. Lloydspharmacy are at the cut ting edge of clinical ser vices development and this innovative ethos extends to the career opportunities that we can offer our Pharmacists.
With the majority of our newly qualified Pharmacists joining us in relief roles we take pride in the way they continue to impact positively on our business and develop their own experience and insight.
Although some of our PreReg Pharmacists choose to become locums we always try to encourage you to join us as permanent colleagues and encourage you on board with a competitive salary as well as a range of benefits
With opportunities such as Relief Pharmacist, Pharmacist or in the future Pharmacy Manager, opportunities are many and varied whether on the high street or in healthcare centers (as well as more unique settings). As you look into the future, many of our pharmacists will choose to take a step into our head/regional offices taking on a range of roles away from the pharmacy making the most of their technical knowledge and practical skills.
Lloydspharmacy will offer you the flexibility and diversity in opportunities, to allow you to carve your own pathway with us. We understand the importance of work life balance and will support you in incorporating your training outside of the pharmacy with your day job, (as well as life outside of your PreReg year). During your training and throughout your time with Lloydspharmacy we will help you find roles that continue to excite and enthuse you during your changing career with us.
My role at the Royal Liverpool has lots of similarities to the role I had in a high street pharmacy and yet there are some really significant differences. We don’t have an NHS contract, so we don’t offer the range of ser vices you see in branch, however we also don’t work on the wards in the way an inpatient hospital pharmacist will. The role we have is in essence a hybrid between community and hospital pharmacy, and we have first hand access to cut ting edge knowledge working with out patient dispensing of specialist items across a hospital set ting. Nearly half of the drugs we work with aren’t available in a community pharmacy environment. We see new drugs and receive changes in guidance immediately as we are involved in the discussion. Moving into the hospital set ting was a steep learning curve as we are dealing directly with consultants from a huge range of specialisms. We see drugs used differently and in different doses to those we are used to, we have drugs I haven’t seen since I was training - by the wall full!
If I had to pass on any words of wisdom it would be to reiterate the importance of choosing the right firm for your PreReg year. I chose Lloydspharmacy because of the scope of opportunities available. I knew I wouldn’t have been satisfied on the high street long term and whilst many of the multiples only offered opportunities to move through bigger stores and then into area management, Lloydspharmacy offered something much greater. Knowing Lloydspharmacy were at the forefront of opportunities to diversify into mental health trusts, hospital and prison contracts and roles at a strategic level in head office made the decision to join Lloydspharmacy obvious.
Having spent time in a range of roles across community practice I decided I wanted a new challenge, something that would give me an opportunity to learn and to do something different whilst using the skills and knowledge I had developed in my degree and in practice.
My current role includes designing and bringing to market professional ser vices for the benefit of the communities we work in. That means, having identified a gap in the ser vices we provide or a need of our customers that we don’t currently fill, I work with experts across the health industry and our own people in the field, to develop what a ser vice could look like and how we can use it to enrich the lives of our customers. That includes researching and writing materials, producing training and implementing the delivery of brand new ser vices such as the alcohol screening ser vice into our pharmacies. I still work a number of days in branch as I feel it’s important for those of us developing new things for pharmacies to understand actually what is required of our teams on a daily basis, and see how the impact of the work I do is felt widely as we roll out my ser vices UK wide.
If I had to pass on one piece of advice to students coming to the end of their MPharm it would be that a great PreReg year is about more than becoming an expert in prescription delivery. Exceptional community pharmacy is about understanding and providing holistic guidance to our customers and engaging with the wider community. Above all else remember you shouldn’t pigeonhole your customer, and you shouldn’t pigeonhole your career.
Your application is your chance to make a great first impression. The form allows you to tell us about your education, work experience and interests. It highlights the activities you’ve been involved in and the things you have achieved. By completing the application form, everyone has a level playing field to be able to showcase themselves and provide the first insight into who you are and the impact you will make as a PreReg in Lloydspharmacy.
Who should apply?
We recruit pharmacy graduates (MPharm) who not only set themselves high standards of academic achievement, but who demonstrate maturity, initiative and commercial awareness, to enable them to accept early responsibility and drive their career forward.
Before you apply get to know us
– Meet us
– Visit us at PreReg and University Careers Fairs across the UK from October to March (full details can be found on our website)
– Speak to us
– We have 100’s of students who have completed a summer placement or work par t time with us in our stores.
– Why not ask around those on your course and find out what life is really like as an undergraduate at Lloydspharmacy
– Visit us
– Come and have a look around some of our stores across the UK, get a feel for what it is like as a consumer
Do your research and before you apply be able to answer two key questions:
Why would you like to work in Community Pharmacy?
Why would you like to complete your PreReg with Lloydspharmacy?
Make sure you are who we are looking for:
320 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent (three B grades minimum)
Strong communication skills and confidence in working with other people
Attention to detail and a willingness to accept early responsibility
Commercial awareness and a positive and professional approach to work
Check the dates and don’t miss the application window:
Applications are accepted from March 2013 for the PreReg Programme
If successful you will start with us in July 2014
Selection process and timings
Online application form (January – May)
Lloydspharmacy Future Potential Questionnaire (January – May)
Inter view day including presentation (May - August)
Provisional Offer made in writing to you (June – September)
Now that you've seen the opportunities available to graduates Lloydspharmacy (Celesio UK), we hope you will want to apply. PreRegistration Application is open from Monday June 3rd 2013 at 09.00 and will remain open until 17.00 Friday 14th June 2013. We look forward to receiving your application.
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