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: Your skills
Studying pharmacy enables you to develop many skills. Some of these skills and abilities are specific to the role of a pharmacist and include:
knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the design and manufacture of medicines;
ability to apply this knowledge, in practical settings, to meet the needs of patients and colleagues;
how to communicate effectively with patients and other health professionals;
production of pharmacy-specific scientific documentation;
safe handling of potentially hazardous materials;
the ability to work carefully, methodically and accurately;
operation of pharmaceutical instrumentation;
knowledge of the law and ethical concerns relating to the supply of medicines;
analysis of medicines.
You also develop a broad range of transferable skills that are very attractive to employers in other sectors. These skills include:
verbal communication - including the ability to listen carefully and explain complex and/or sensitive information;
interpersonal skills - the ability to to empathise and establish relationships with patients, the public and other professionals;
ability to work well as part of a team;
numeracy and computation;
problem-solving skills and the ability to think clearly and methodically;
research and analysis;
time management and organisational skills;
the ability to critically evaluate data;
an ethical attitude.
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