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Welcome to Pharmacist Diaries. In this podcast we are going to explore all aspects of peoples’ lives; their passions, starting a career in pharmacy, transitioning into different roles, overcoming challenges, entrepreneurship, and innovation. My goal is to dive deeper into the secret lives of pharmacists, revealing their journeys and inspiring you to progress in your career.

Join me, my friends, and my colleagues for a new episode every week and get a look into what life is like behind the scenes of real people.

Pharmacist Diaries Anisha Patel

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Welcome to Pharmacist Diaries. In this podcast we are going to explore all aspects of peoples’ lives; their passions, starting a career in pharmacy, transitioning into different roles, overcoming challenges, entrepreneurship, and innovation. My goal is to dive deeper into the secret lives of pharmacists, revealing their journeys and inspiring you to progress in your career.

Join me, my friends, and my colleagues for a new episode every week and get a look into what life is like behind the scenes of real people.

    128 Anisha Patel: A Backstage Pass to How I Built My Pharmacy Career

    128 Anisha Patel: A Backstage Pass to How I Built My Pharmacy Career

    In this week's SOLO episode, I take us on an insightful tour of the twists and turns of my pharmacy career. The episode provides an in-depth look at my career journey, sharing insights into the various pharmacy roles I have held and how each experience shaped my interests and passions.

    If you'd like to visualise my career pathway, I've created a PDF Career Roadmap that you can access, for FREE, right ⁠here⁠.

    I discuss starting my career in hospital pharmacy before moving abroad to the UAE, where I worked in emergency medical services and helped transform their pharmacy operations. This exposed me to new skills like leadership, training, and project management outside of traditional clinical pharmacy.

    Though rewarding, I felt isolated being the sole pharmacist and missed patient interaction, so I returned to hospital pharmacy. After having a child, my priorities shifted and I moved back to the UK, rebuilding my clinical skills through locum work. I then held roles across paediatrics, palliative care, and academia, finding my love for working with children. Teaching undergraduate pharmacy students helped me to find my true passion and launch the Pharmacist Diaries podcast. However, the demands of my job, a second baby and commute caused burnout. I emphasise the importance of reflection, stepping outside your comfort zone, and finding what brings you joy in your pharmacy career.

    My pharmacy journey has been one of twists and turns, overcoming obstacles through perseverance, learning on the job, and playing to her strengths. My story provides an inspirational reminder that career paths rarely follow a straight line - unexpected opportunities can lead to discovering your true calling.



    If you'd like to visualise my career pathway, I've created a PDF Career Roadmap that you can access, for FREE, right here.



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    EDITED BY:

    Sunjay Vyas: ⁠⁠https://www.sunjav.uk/⁠⁠



    Follow me on⁠⁠ My Website⁠⁠,⁠⁠ YouTube⁠⁠,⁠⁠ Instagram⁠⁠,⁠⁠ Facebook⁠⁠,⁠⁠ LinkedIn⁠⁠, and/or⁠⁠ Twitter⁠⁠. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    • 46 min
    127 John Churchward: Pharmacist Job Opportunities for 2024 (Part I)

    127 John Churchward: Pharmacist Job Opportunities for 2024 (Part I)

    In this episode of Pharmacist Diaries, I welcome John Churchward, from Quad Recruitment, to discuss opportunities for pharmacists in the UK and the importance of a strong LinkedIn profile. The conversation is divided into two main parts: exploring Quad Recruitment's offerings for pharmacists and delving into the world of LinkedIn.



    John Churchwood introduces Quad Recruitment, a specialist recruitment agency based in Chester, exclusively focusing on pharmacy positions. They pride themselves on being subject experts, understanding the needs of both candidates and clients in the dynamic pharmacy landscape. With a presence in both the UK and the US, John emphasises the challenges and opportunities within the field.



    The main focus of this episode relates to community pharmacy opportunities, where John provides insights into the types of roles available. He discusses the high demand for community pharmacists, highlighting the excellent packages currently offered, including welcome bonuses, competitive hourly rates, and yearly bonuses. John encourages pharmacists to explore new opportunities, especially in less populated areas where salaries can be particularly attractive.



    Key takeaways from the episode:



    Types of Pharmacy Jobs


    Strong demand for community pharmacy roles right now


    Welcome bonuses around £3-5k are common


    Hourly rates for experienced pharmacists around £30-34/hr


    Roles range from newly qualified to area manager


    Some specialist roles e.g. HIV, cancer pharmacy


    Flexibility on weekends/hours is improving



    Recruitment Process


    Apply online by uploading CV - a super easy process!


    Phone call with consultant 


    Usually 1-2 stage interview process



    Interview Tips


    Questions on career goals and type of pharmacist you are


    Ask open questions and be yourself


    Interview is two-way, make sure role is right fit


    Ask about expectations, staffing levels, support





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    FREE PDF GUIDE:

    5 Steps to Streamline Your Week and Add 5 Extra Hours to Your Schedule! Inside these digital pages, you'll discover a carefully crafted strategy designed to bring order to the chaos, providing you with the keys to unlock additional time in your week. As we step into a new year, it's the perfect moment to redefine how you approach your days, allowing you to reclaim precious hours for what truly matters. Let's make 2024 the year of transformation and unparalleled efficiency!



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    CONNECT WITH JOHN CHURCHWARD:

    LinkedIn: John Churchward

    Website: www.quadrecruitment.com 

    Instagram: Quad Recreuitment



    FILMED AND EDITED BY:

    Sunjay Vyas: https://www.sunjav.uk/

    Follow me on My Website, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    • 28 min
    126 Anisha Patel: Wake Up & Crush It! 5 Simple Steps to Making Your Mornings Count

    126 Anisha Patel: Wake Up & Crush It! 5 Simple Steps to Making Your Mornings Count

    My SOLO episodes are back!

    I started these back in December and was excited to continue them in January 2024 but life has been sooooo busy! I started my new job at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), I'm still teaching MPharm students at Kings College London & I had bulk recorded 17 podcast episodes across 3 days (which then leads to a huge amount of video and audio editing, shownotes, social media, and more!)

    In this episode I am diving deep into the world of early morning productivity, sharing five must-do activities to supercharge your day from the moment you wake up.

    These are things that I have personally implemented into my own routine and they have helped SO much that I am keen to share them with you! One thing to remember though, the key to a successful morning routine is consistency. While these activities may seem simple, incorporating them into your daily life can have a profound impact on your overall productivity and well-being.

    I hope these tips inspire you to make the most out of your mornings and set the stage for a day filled with accomplishments. Here's to early rises and productive days ahead!



    Here’s a breakdown of what I cover in this episode:


    Early Rise and Shine: Embrace the tranquility of the morning to gather your thoughts and set positive intentions for the day ahead.


    Hydrate for Success: Kickstart your metabolism and increase alertness with a glass of water, essential for sharp focus.


    Mindful Movement with Exercise: Energise your body and stimulate endorphin release through short workouts or yoga sessions.


    Nourish Your Body and Mind: Fuel your body with a balanced breakfast to sustain energy levels throughout the morning.


    Prioritize and Plan: Review goals and create a to-do list to maintain clarity and direction in pharmacy duties or studies.





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    PARTNERSHIPS:

    The Naked Pharmacy is offering my podcast listeners a 20% discount on all their products. Use discount code PD20 at checkout to receive the offer.

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    Healf is offering my podcast listeners a 10% discount on all their products. Use the following link to purchase products and the discount code will be applied at checkout.

    https://healf.com/?snowball=ANISHA11032



    FREE PDF GUIDE:

    5 Steps to Streamline Your Week and Add 5 Extra Hours to Your Schedule! Inside these digital pages, you'll discover a carefully crafted strategy designed to bring order to the chaos, providing you with the keys to unlock additional time in your week. As we step into a new year, it's the perfect moment to redefine how you approach your days, allowing you to reclaim precious hours for what truly matters. Let's make 2024 the year of transformation and unparalleled efficiency!

    Don’t miss out on all this FREE content friends. Here’s the link to⁠⁠ snag that FREE pdf!



    EDITED BY:

    Sunjay Vyas: ⁠⁠https://www.sunjav.uk/⁠⁠



    Follow me on⁠⁠ My Website⁠⁠,⁠⁠ YouTube⁠⁠,⁠⁠ Instagram⁠⁠,⁠⁠ Facebook⁠⁠,⁠⁠ LinkedIn⁠⁠, and/or⁠⁠ Twitter⁠⁠. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    • 19 min
    125 Cathrine McKenzie: How This Pharmacist Advanced Critical Care Practice for the ENTIRE NATION!

    125 Cathrine McKenzie: How This Pharmacist Advanced Critical Care Practice for the ENTIRE NATION!

    In this engaging podcast episode, we explore the remarkable career journey of Dr. Cathrine McKenzie, a clinical pharmacist specialising in critical care.

    The conversation delves into Cathrine's motivation to become an expert in ICU medications, a goal she pursued while undertaking a challenging PhD journey alongside motherhood. As one of the first funded critical care pharmacists in the UK, Catherine's dedication and expertise shine through. The discussion extends to Catherine's passion for research and collaboration, emphasising the importance of proactive engagement and building one's research portfolio.

    Key takeaways from this insightful episode include:


    Follow your interests and passions to find the right specialty - Cathrine pursued critical care pharmacy because she loved science and being part of a clinical team.


    Seek opportunities to collaborate on research - reach out to doctors or specialists in other fields if there are no pharmacy colleagues to partner with.


    Build your expertise to become the go-to pharmacist in your specialty - Cathrine made it a goal to know the ICU medications better than the doctors.


    Don't wait for structured training programs - advance your own learning through self-study if needed. Cathrine taught herself intensive care medicine early in her career.



    Cathrine's journey serves as a compelling example, showcasing the incredible achievements that pharmacists can unlock through determination, self-learning, collaboration, specialty expertise, and a steadfast commitment to advocating for the profession.



    SIGN UP to my NEWSLETTER below so you’ll be the first to know when new episodes are being released. You’ll also receive regular inspiration, tips, tools, and free content.

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    PARTNERSHIPS:
    The Naked Pharmacy is offering my podcast listeners a 20% discount on all their products. Use discount code PD20 at checkout to receive the offer.


    https://www.thenakedpharmacy.com/

    Healf is offering my podcast listeners a 10% discount on all their products. Use the following link to purchase products and the discount code will be applied at checkout.


    https://healf.com/?snowball=ANISHA11032



    FREE PDF GUIDE:

    5 Steps to Streamline Your Week and Add 5 Extra Hours to Your Schedule! Inside these digital pages, you'll discover a carefully crafted strategy designed to bring order to the chaos, providing you with the keys to unlock additional time in your week. As we step into a new year, it's the perfect moment to redefine how you approach your days, allowing you to reclaim precious hours for what truly matters. Let's make 2024 the year of transformation and unparalleled efficiency!



    Don’t miss out on all this FREE content friends. Here’s the link to ⁠⁠subscribe⁠⁠!



    CONNECT WITH DR. CATHRINE MCKENZIE:

    LinkedIn: Cathrine McKenzie

    Instagram: @cathymck40

    Twitter: @cathymac40



    FILMED AND EDITED BY:

    Sunjay Vyas: https://www.sunjav.uk/



    Follow me on My Website, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    124 Sinead Peare: Say YES to embracing new opportunities that bring you joy!

    124 Sinead Peare: Say YES to embracing new opportunities that bring you joy!

    Join me in a captivating conversation with an accomplished pharmacist, Sinéad Peare, as we delve into the dynamic world of pharmacy and the diverse career experiences that have shaped her professional journey.

    Sinéad has enjoyed a diverse and productive career since qualifying as a pharmacist, holding clinical, academic, and operational roles across the globe. Graduating from the University of Bath in 2015, she embarked on her career in hospital pharmacy, gaining experience in specialties such as renal, cardiology, paediatrics, and neuro trauma, culminating in her residency.

    On completing her Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Bath, Sinéad became an Improving Global Health Fellow with NHS England in Myanmar. There, she collaborated closely with the GP Society of Myanmar, government officials, and academics on various projects, including establishing the country's first Medicines Information Centre and reforming the Pharmacy curriculum.

    The COVID-19 pandemic stranded Sinéad in Hong Kong, where she seized the opportunity to set up the largest vaccination center in the country with the University of Hong Kong. Concurrently, she published research papers and contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs.

    Sinéad's area of special interest lies in intravenous drug users living with HIV and/or Hepatitis, focusing on managing services to engage these patients in care. Her recent role has allowed her to work closely with this patient cohort, both clinically and in a research capacity, with notable presentations on anti-retroviral commissioning at BHIVA.

    Currently serving as the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellow at NICE, Sinéad collaborates closely with prominent leaders like David Webb, the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, and Professor Jonathan Benger, Chief Medical Officer at NICE, on projects that continue to expand her professional and personal skillset.

    In this episode, Sinéad shares insights from her vast experiences within the pharmaceutical field, offering valuable perspectives on mentorship, global impact, and embracing diverse career opportunities.

    Tune in now to gain invaluable insights from Sinéad's journey and join the discussion on seizing opportunities, embracing diversity, and the evolving role of pharmacy professionals.



    FREE PDF GUIDE:
    5 Steps to Streamline Your Week and Add 5 Extra Hours to Your Schedule! Inside these digital pages, you'll discover a carefully crafted strategy designed to bring order to the chaos, providing you with the keys to unlock additional time in your week. As we step into a new year, it's the perfect moment to redefine how you approach your days, allowing you to reclaim precious hours for what truly matters. Let's make 2024 the year of transformation and unparalleled efficiency!


    Don’t miss out on all this FREE content friends. Here’s the link to ⁠⁠subscribe⁠⁠!



    PARTNERSHIPS:

    The Naked Pharmacy is offering my podcast listeners a 20% discount on all their products. Use discount code PD20 at checkout to receive the offer.

    https://www.thenakedpharmacy.com/



    Healf is offering my podcast listeners a 10% discount on all their products. Use the following link to purchase products and the discount code will be applied at checkout.

    https://healf.com/?snowball=ANISHA11032



    CONNECT WITH SINEAD: 

    Facebook: Sinead Peare

    LinkedIn: Sinead Peare

    Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Fellowship: https://www.fmlm.ac.uk/CFS-pharmacy 

    Instagram: @sineadpeare

    Twitter: @sinead_peare 



    FILMED AND EDITED BY:

    Sunjay Vyas: https://www.sunjav.uk/

    Follow me on My Website, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or

    • 1 hr 7 min
    This Is Pharmacist Diaries

    This Is Pharmacist Diaries

    Hello and welcome to the Pharmacist Diaries Podcast! I am your host, Anisha Patel, and I am so happy to have you here on this journey with me.

    As the host of the Pharmacist Diaries podcast, I find myself wearing many hats in both my professional and personal life. I am Anisha Patel, a dedicated pharmacist navigating various practice areas, including my role as an enthusiastic paediatric specialist hospital pharmacist and as a lecturer with King's College London. Throughout my career, I've made my mark internationally, engaging in diverse healthcare systems and experiences.

    With my degree in hand, I embarked on a multifaceted journey, traversing through community pharmacies to hospital settings. It was within the realm of paediatric pharmacy that I found my passion, dedicating myself wholeheartedly to this field.

    In my capacity as a lecturer at King's College London, I take pride in imparting my knowledge and enthusiasm for pharmacy to the next generation. Through my engaging teaching style and real-world experiences, I aim to inspire students to pursue their own impactful paths in pharmacy.

    Beyond academia, I've also had the privilege of practicing in different corners of the globe, including the United Arab Emirates. During my time there, I played a significant role in pharmacy services linked to events like the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. These international experiences not only broadened my understanding of healthcare systems but also brought a unique perspective to my podcast.

    In 2020, I founded Pharmacist Diaries as a platform for pharmacists worldwide to share their stories. It has since become a beacon for aspiring pharmacists and a valuable resource for those navigating their careers. Through this podcast, I strive to amplify the voices of pharmacists, showcasing the diverse and impactful roles within the profession.

    As I continue to champion the profession through Pharmacist Diaries, I hope to inspire others to make their mark in pharmacy, just as I have done.



    FREE PDF GUIDE:
    5 Steps to Streamline Your Week and Add 5 Extra Hours to Your Schedule! Inside these digital pages, you'll discover a carefully crafted strategy designed to bring order to the chaos, providing you with the keys to unlock additional time in your week. As we step into a new year, it's the perfect moment to redefine how you approach your days, allowing you to reclaim precious hours for what truly matters. Let's make 2024 the year of transformation and unparalleled efficiency!


    Don’t miss out on all this FREE content friends. Here’s the ⁠link⁠ to ⁠⁠subscribe⁠⁠!



    PARTNERSHIPS:

    The Naked Pharmacy is offering my podcast listeners a 20% discount on all their products. Use discount code PD20 at checkout to receive the offer.

    ⁠https://www.thenakedpharmacy.com/⁠



    Healf is offering my podcast listeners a 10% discount on all their products. Use the following link to purchase products and the discount code will be applied at checkout.

    https://healf.com/?snowball=ANISHA11032



    FILMED AND EDITED BY:

    Sunjay Vyas: ⁠https://www.sunjav.uk/⁠



    Follow me on⁠ My Website⁠,⁠ YouTube⁠,⁠ Instagram⁠,⁠ Facebook⁠,⁠ LinkedIn⁠, and/or⁠ Twitter⁠. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    • 1 min

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