And now it’s portfolio careers for pharmacists!

by Barrie Hopson on April 16, 2018 · 0 comments

in Future of work,New ways of working,portfolio careers

Ivana Knyght, professional development and support services lead, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)Ivana Knyght leads the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s professional development and support service and I was fascinated to read an interview with her  in which she was explaining about the type of support her team offers members throughout their careers.

In my last blog post I was talking about how attractive the notion of a portfolio career is to GP’s and how they are getting more and more professional help to create one if this is what they want. And a few weeks later we read about the attractivenss of this career pattern to more and more pharmacologists.

She says :”We receive enquires from all sectors, but most enquiries are from community pharmacy, which probably reflects our membership base, as well as enquiries from hospital and primary care. I have also noticed that we receive a lot of enquiries from people wanting to switch from one sector to another. These days, more pharmacists than ever are interested in changing sectors and are more confident and empowered to build a portfolio career. The RPS Faculty has been fundamental to this because, for the first time as a profession, we are thinking of our practice in terms of competence and impact on the patient or the outcome and not just thinking, “what does my job description say I should do?”.

“We are seeing a lot of changes now, and many pharmacists work portfolio careers. This is great as it means that we have a mobile workforce, and with the current structure and landscape of the NHS that is very important. One of the roles of the RPS is to look at the workforce and ensure our programmes enable and support flexible professionals to adapt to changing care models and roles. We are in a better place than five years ago, but there is still a lot of work to do.

My message to pharmacists would be to always remember that they have so many choices career-wise, and that they can always make a career move. Being a pharmacist, in any sector, brings a breadth and depth of experience, expertise and competence that is transferable.”

This career pattern continues to attract followers in more and more occupations and professions.

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