Medicines are the most common form of treatment in the NHS and some pharmacies are where medicines are stored, prepared and dispensed. Pharmacies also offer health advice to patients on issues such as giving up smoking and sexual health.

Some pharmacies are in hospitals, others are in the community, including those based in supermarkets and high street shops. Some members of the pharmacy team work for other employers that provide NHS services.

Pharmacy staff work at different levels:

You could become a pharmacy assistant with GCSEs in English and maths. To train as a pharmacy technician you need at least four GCSEs, including science. Pharmacists have a Masters qualification followed by a year working under supervision. Wherever you start, you will be encouraged to take qualifications and progress in your career. Assistants can apply to train as technicians and technicians can go on to train as pharmacists.

At any level in pharmacy, you need good customer service and communication skills and you have to be able to follow instructions and procedures carefully.

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