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Our website provides a platform that can be used by job seekers to find jobs and for employers to advertise vacancies and look for suitable candidates. You can set up your own account and have complete control of the personal information that you give us and what we do with it.

We will always be open with you and so we have written this policy to tell you:

  • What personal information you can give us
  • How we may use your personal information (if you agree)
  • Who we work with to provide your account and our website
  • Where we keep your personal information
  • How long we keep your personal information
  • How we keep your personal information safe
  • Your choices and rights

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We last updated this Privacy Policy on 13.04.18.

Personal Information you give to us

Setting up an account or using our website

You may provide us with the following information about yourself:

  • your name and address
  • your contact details including email address and telephone number
  • other information to allow us to provide the services you have requested
  • your CV/details relating to your qualifications and experience
  • what sector you are interested in
  • what jobs you are applying for and have applied for previously

Other times you can give us personal information

You can give us information when you:

  • Set up an account on our website
  • Apply for a position that we are advertising on behalf of an employer
  • Submit a CV to our website
  • Sign up for our newsletter (blog notifications)
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  • Save a job
  • Comment on a blog
  • Contact us via email or by telephone for any reason


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As said, our cookies are used to improve your experience of our site.

We don't follow or track your own personal movements on the site. It provides us with information that isn't personally identifiable. And it also allows us to make your experience of the site better. For instance, when you hit Apply and have to register, you might want to land back on the page you started on.

Remember that you may be able to set your cookie preferences via your browser. But be aware that many sites may not work properly, or as easily, once you do this.

To find out more read our Cookies Policy.

How we may use your Personal Information

With your agreement, we may use your personal information:

  • to process your request to be added to our CV database
  • to pass on to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • to pass on to employers looking for candidates like you where you have given us permission to do so
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this
  • to fulfil any contracts you have entered into with us
  • to tailor the services that we offer to you with your needs and interests
  • comply with our legal obligations
  • to tell you about changes to our services or website
  • to help us develop our website to make it better for all users
  • to get your feedback on our website and services
  • to administer our website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis, research)
  • to keep our website safe and secure

Our legal basis for using your information

The law only allows us to use your personal information in certain limited circumstances. We have listed these below and what information they allow us to process.

1. With your consent

With your agreement we may:

  • set up an account on our website
  • process your request to be added to our CV database
  • provide your details to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • provide your details to employers looking for candidates like you
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this

2. When we have a contract with you

We may use your information to comply with a contract that we have entered into with you:

  • to provide the services you have requested
  • to administer and provide the website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis & research)
  • to tell you about changes to our website or our services
  • to help us (or our software developers) improve the website

3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests

We may provide you with marketing information about our own products and services similar to those that you have purchased or enquired about (unless you tell us to stop).

4. To comply with a legal obligation

We do this when we have to comply with legislation such as tax laws.

Our Marketing

We may provide you with information about products, services, special offers, and other news where we feel these may interest you.

Depending on what contact information you have given to us, we may contact you by email or post. We will only do this where you have consented to receiving such information from us.

You can opt out of such marketing at any time and If you wish to do so, please email us at

Working with other organisations

Employers and Recruitment Agencies

With your consent we will make available your 'CV Profile' with hiring employers and recruitment agencies. If you want to see the current list of employers and recruitment agencies, please see here.

When you submit your information you are given a choice as to whether you want your details to be visible to companies advertising on our website, our options are:

  • By selecting hiring organisations to contact you we will allow employers and recruitment agencies to view your CV Profile if they are looking for candidates for positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in.
  • By selecting to 'Hide' this option your information will only be visible to the company whose job you have applied for and yourself and the staff of Niche Jobs Ltd for administrative purposes.

We are not a recruitment agency and we provide our website and services to you free of charge to allow a simple and easy way to access your future job. As such we do not have any control over how an employer or recruitment agency deals with your information once they have downloaded it from our database and they make their own decisions as to what to do with your personal information. We do ensure that any organisation who accesses your information has signed up to terms and conditions requiring that they deal with your information safely and securely and that they comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and any subsequent UK legislation.

If you have indicated to us that you wish to apply for jobs overseas, then we may provide your information to organisations who are not subject to the same data protection legislation that we have in force in the UK. In these cases, we only deal with organisations who have agreed to deal with your information in line with GDPR and UK legislation.

Other third parties

In order to provide your account and our website we may have to allow our trusted partners to have access to your personal information. These organisations include:

  • Our business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you
  • Our website developers who need to see your information in order to keep our website up and running

We work with the following organisations:

What laws we may have to comply with

We may have to disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • If we sell our business in which case the personal information that we hold will be part of the transferred assets
  • If we are required by law, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction

Third Party Privacy Policies

Our site may contain links to websites owned by other organisations. If you follow a link to another website, these websites they will have their own privacy policy.  We suggest that you check the policies of any other websites before giving them your personal information as we cannot accept responsibility for any other website.

Where we keep your Personal Information

Storage of Personal Information

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse. All personal information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers or on secure servers operated by a third party located in the EEA.

All third parties who provide services or software to us are required to sign a contract requiring them to have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse.

Retention of information

We will store your CV Profile (name, email, employment history etc) for as long as you wish us to.

At any time you can login to add to it, edit it or remove it completely.

After a year of first registering a process will start to regularly remind you that you are storing your file with us.

As soon as there has been a period of 12 months since you last logged in we will:

  • a. automatically 'Hide' your CV Profile (even if you originally consented to it)
  • b. email you*
  • c. make it clear how you can add to your CV Profile (to add new qualifications, update your recent employment records etc), edit your details or remove everything completely
  • * if your email no longer receives we'll delete your records since you won't be able to log in to do it yourself or receive our notices that it needs updating

Plus, we will email you 6 months after you last logged in to remind you to hide your CV Profile if it is still visible.

And we will stay in touch to remind you that you are using the site to store your CV Profile for future easy use throughout your entire career.

If we do not have hear from you (if you do not login), we will delete your account after 5 years.


If you chose to send us information via email, we cannot guarantee the security of this information until it is delivered to us.

Your rights

Access to your information

You have the right to access information that we hold about you. If you wish to receive a copy of the information that we hold, please contact at [Data queries Email] or write to us at the address above

Changing or deleting your information

You can ask us at any time to change, amend or delete the information that we hold about you or ask us not to contact you with any further marketing information. You can also ask us to restrict the information that we process about you.

You can request that we change, amend, delete your information or restrict our processing by emailing us at

You can also login to see all the information you have given us about your career profile to do the above yourself, at any time.

Right to prevent Automated decision making

You have a right to ask us to stop any automated decision making. We do not intentionally carry out such activities, but if you do have any questions or concerns we would be happy to discuss them with you and you can contact us at

Transferring Personal Information

You have the right to request that your personal information is transferred by us to another organisation (this is called "data portability"). Please contact us at with the details of what you would like us to do and we will try our best to comply with your request. If may not be technically feasible, but we will work with you to try and find a solution.


If you make a request to us under this Privacy Policy and you are unhappy with the response, you can ask for the request to be reviewed under our internal complaints procedure. Our internal complaints procedure allows your request to be reviewed by Managing Director who will do their best to try and resolve the issue.

If you have been through the internal complaints procedure and are still not happy with the result, then you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. They can be contacted as follows:


Telephone: 03031231113


Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We review our Privacy Policy on a frequent basis to check that it accurately reflects how we deal with your information and may amend it if necessary. You should check this page regularly to see the most up to date information.

How to Contact us

We welcome questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy which can be sent to

  • 23 July 2018
  • 14 min read

A Background To Working In Pharmacy And Why I Became A Pharmacist

  • Rachel Patel
    Experienced Pharmacist

Rachel Patel explains why the role of the conventional Pharmacist has now become complex and challenging.

The role of a Pharmacist has dramatically changed over the last decade, from the traditional role of your local friendly dispensing pharmacist at the front of a shop, to clinicians who are able to prescribe independently and manage patient outcomes within a team of professionals.

Studying pharmacy

The pharmacy undergraduate course has also evolved in line with the growing clinical responsibilities made possible by professional reform driven by pressures on the current NHS system.

In the past, the undergraduate degree was concluded with students taking away a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy.

After 1997 however, the undergraduate degree was re-structured around more research and clinical development and graduates are now awarded a Master’s level degree.

This means the total time it takes an individual wishing to embark on a career as a qualified pharmacist is now 5 years.

In contrast to a Medical or Dental degree, this is only one year less than becoming a Doctor or a Dentist.

Most students wishing to apply for a pharmacy degree will enter the course after achieving the minimum A-level points required straight after sixth-form. Science A-levels in Chemistry and/or Biology are essential, however students with literary or artistic A-levels can apply to higher institutions offering a ‘foundation year’ to help grasp the basic constructs of science subjects.

In this foundation year, students will be taught the basics of biology, chemistry and physics to underpin the knowledge required to understand how drugs affect the body, and vice versa.

Some Universities will also offer a 5-year sandwich course meaning students aspiring to enter the field of pharmacy have a variety of routes to consider before deciding on how to go about applying.

It is never too late to apply to study pharmacy, no matter how old you may feel you are.

An increasing number of mature students enter this field after a solid career, having decided on a change in career direction.

The world of pharmacy has a plethora of opportunities and is not just confined to the ‘big 3’ sectors (Community, Hospital & Industry Pharmacy), which are generally laid out to students post-graduation.

As a product of both pharmacy school and working life, pharmacists are endowed with analytical, financial, teaching and practical experience, all of which can be transferred to working sectors such as Journalism, Finance, Academia, Regulatory affairs and Scientific/Medical writing.

Whatever the reason for choosing this career path, you are guaranteed to develop and nurture what you already knew during your undergraduate and post-graduate career.

The variety of roles within pharmacy and beyond are endless, so whether it’s being a specialist clinical pharmacist in a hospital, a GP practice pharmacist conducting medicines reviews, or working in the field of regulatory affairs assessing the commercial release of medicinal products on to the global market, the choice is simply yours.

When Did You Decide On Becoming A Pharmacist?

Back in 1999 when I was at the stage of choosing where and what to study as 17-year-old, I looked at what subjects interested me, the city (obviously as a student, the nightlife was a quintessential requirement), and what opportunities were available to give back to society because of my education.

During my high school and sixth form days, Chemistry and Physics had always fascinated me and I decided to pick these subjects for my A-levels and supplemented my third and fourth with Biology and General Studies.

My heart was always with helping people so I chose to study pharmacy after attending a few career fairs and undertaking some work experience at a local Boots Pharmacy.

By investing my time in this way, I found a pharmacy degree suited my practical and scientific mind along with the chance to help and guide patients through optimising how they think and use their medication.

After deciding upon pharmacy, I applied to a few Universities before choosing to study at the University of Manchester embarking on a 4-year Master’s degree.

What Does A Pharmacy Degree Entail?

At the University of Manchester, the content of the learning was structured and geared towards drug delivery, development and clinical pharmacy practice.

The first few years as a pharmacy undergraduate are spent building and establishing knowledge in the following subjects:

• Pharmacy law & ethics

• Biochemistry

• Pharmacology & Pharmacokinetics

• Pharmacognosy

• Organic chemistry

• Social Pharmacy

• Business and finance management

• Physical pharmacy

Hard Skills

Hard skills’ taught during undergraduate study include:

• Problem solving

• Analysis and interpretation of complex data

• High degree of attention and accuracy to detail

• Ability to organise oneself and prioritise tasks

• Critical appraisal of evidence and research

• Interpretation of medical data and statistics

• Commitment to ethics and continuing professional development

Soft Skills

In the later years of the degree, subjects become less broad and more clinical; such as disease management of various conditions, biopharmaceutics and developing more hands on, practical ‘soft skills’ such as:

• Patience, compassion and empathy

• Active listening, clarifying and reflection

• Effective communication through verbal and non-verbal actions

• Teamwork


Assessments were in the form of lab reports, exams, practical work and written assignments.

The assessments throughout the degree developed my time management skills and improved my ability to cope under pressure; both important attributes in pharmacy practice.

During my time at University, I was lucky enough to be part of the first cohort of students attending hospital clinical visits to Manchester Royal infirmary for PBL (problem-based learning).

PBL was traditionally a form of learning used in medical and dental study and was adapted by various schools of pharmacy back in the early 2000’s.

This form of learning is now the gold standard for UK undergraduate pharmacy students, as it provides an innovative learning environment facilitated by a teacher-practitioner.

During PBL sessions we were motivated and encouraged to set our own learning objectives and goals within a group of students studying a real-life patient case study.

Within our groups, the decision on who would be the ‘chair’ and ‘scribe’ was taken by the group.

This approach to learning helped us foster ‘active learning’ and develop both the hard and soft skills required to be a pharmacist.

The course was intense and challenging due to the long hours in lectures every week, coupled with trips to the library for the requisite reading list.

But for those who had a thirst for knowledge like myself, it was a great time for like-minded students to come together to learn the field.


Once I’d completed my Master’s degree in 2005, I started my pre-registration year at North Staffordshire Hospital.

The pre-registration year is the time taken to convert all your undergraduate experience into practice, and it assesses your competence in pharmacy practice before sitting the final exams to qualify as a registered professional. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a pre-reg pharmacist because the structured competency programme acted as a bridge between being an undergraduate and transitioning into a fully-fledged pharmacist.

Cancer Services

After qualifying as a pharmacist, I decided I wanted to stay in hospital pharmacy and started my career as a Cancer Services Pharmacist in 2008 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

It was here I developed an interest in providing pharmaceutical services to cancer patients after completing a post-graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy.

In the UK, the risk of developing cancer is 1 in 2 if you were born after the 1960’s.

This represents 50% of all UK residents aged 57 years or under.Invariably, patients with a cancer diagnosis will have some degree of contact with the pharmacy team.

My experience of working in cancer services is immensely rewarding. I do everything with the intention of providing hope in the treatments we supply to patients.

Often, we prepare patient’s intravenous chemotherapy, ensure safety checks of prescriptions, and check supportive medications are given for each cycle of treatment.

The pharmacy is the ‘go-to’ hub for patient counselling, and information about any chemotherapy query.

The pharmacy is in the background of hospitals, churning out treatments made within highly aseptic facilities.

The team consists of pharmacy assistants, technicians and pharmacists. The service is placed to provide bespoke and timely treatments to patients on the wards, or as day case treatments.

When patients start chemotherapy, they are understandably apprehensive about what it is going to do to them.

To prepare the patients for treatment, in-depth counselling is given prior to the first cycle of chemotherapy.

After treatments, we supply and advise patients how and when to use or take supportive medicines such as mouthwashes, emollient creams, anti-sickness and antibiotics.

Depending on the individual, pharmaceutical consultations are tailored to meet the patient needs, as all chemotherapies and supportive medicines differ with the type of cancer they have.

Usually, a friendly chat is all that is required to make the patient comfortable and susceptible to take in all instructions on how and when to take their medicines.

Chemotherapy nurses are well trained in being compassionate to their patients and will communicate to us in pharmacy if a patient is particularly nervous. Some patients are naturally more anxious than others, and this is OK.

We tend to find patients become more relaxed for subsequent cycles of treatment as they form trustworthy and friendly relationships with staff from the nurses, volunteers and the pharmacy.

This allows us to follow up on their treatment, as well as review supportive medication.

Also, over time, we all become friendly faces to the patient with whom they can share their grief and happiness in life.

As pharmacists, we are the last port of call for patients, and our main objective is to deliver treatments without delay to the patient.

From a patient’s perspective, this is understandable as they need their own surroundings and support network to deal with and manage the aftermath of chemotherapy side effects.

Working in this area has very harrowing and sad moments. Treatments don’t always result in happy endings, and that’s tough to watch because you feel powerless to help them after all the time they’ve spent with you.

It’s important to show your emotions where appropriate, because at the end of the day we are all human and in some way or another we are all affected by each patient’s pain and disappointment surrounding the outcome of their therapy.

Equally, there are times of happiness and joy when a patient has conquered their cancer and it can be seen in terms of how they are both physically and mentally after their treatments.

It is very humbling to help a patient out of a very dark time, when all good things seemed so far away, but when they’re on the other side of their journey they can take the next steps into looking forward to the future.

My Career Route And Qualifications

Whatever route you decide to take, the opportunities with a pharmacy degree are endless and it is up to you where you want to take your career.

My route was:

> 4 year degree in Pharmacy

>1 year Pre-Registration year

>2 years in Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy

>2 years in Diploma in Clinical Oncology

To specialise in Cancer Services, you will need to have worked in a Hospital Pharmacy as a rotational pharmacist for at least 2 years and have gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Hospital Clinical Pharmacy.

It is recommended to have sufficient knowledge of general pharmacy practice before deciding to specialise in any area of interest.

As well as this, and most importantly, individuals must develop empathy towards their patients.

Individuals wishing to work in Cancer Services must also be aware of the emotional trauma experienced by patients, and should try to develop personal resilience in the face of it.

It is also important to keep yourself physically fit and active because you will be required to see various patients, cover many aseptic releasing slots and attend meetings, sometimes back to back.

But if you enjoy the fast-paced environment, then this may be the path for you.

Personally, I motivate myself by developing compassion for my patients and knowing that I am doing my best for them in the form of service to improve their quality of life.

I find joy in helping others less fortunate than myself, and this helps me to stay grounded in my job.

The role of the cancer pharmacy service is to provide chemotherapy. Therefore, opportunities can be found in working as an Aseptic/Technical Pharmacist or Clinical Pharmacist, or both if you prefer to be ‘hands on’ with both aspects of the role.

Career progression is also available in the hospital setting, as once you have gained experience in a specialist role, you may go on to manage the service as the lead pharmacist.

Here, you will oversee managing staff, handling budgets, supporting clinicians, chief pharmacists, finance managers, service leads with service improvement plans, and making important decisions on how to maintain and improve the service.

About the author

  • Rachel Patel
    Experienced Pharmacist

Experienced Pharmacist. Studied a 4-year master’s degree at the University of Manchester with pre-registration duties at North Staffordshire Hospital. Specialist as a hospital pharmacist working in cancer services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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About the author

  • Rachel Patel
    Experienced Pharmacist

Experienced Pharmacist. Studied a 4-year master’s degree at the University of Manchester with pre-registration duties at North Staffordshire Hospital. Specialist as a hospital pharmacist working in cancer services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.