Syed Shah

Year of Graduation: 2018

  • Course Master of Pharmacy
  • School School of Pharmacy
  • Nationality British
  • Career industry Healthcare
  • Current job title Clinical pharmacist
  • Current Company Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust

Nothing is impossible, keep trying hard and you will definitely be successful. Give it your best shot.

I would like to say a big thank-you to all the lovely staff, especially Dr Jan and Mike Daly, Dr Morrissey, Dr Ball, Dr Hewitt, Dr Anderson, Dr Kaialy, Michelle, David and Alan. I enjoyed every moment of studying there. It says that it is the University of Opportunity, and it really is. The facilities are great and the support available is phenomenal.
The course was perfect for my career pathway as it gave me that confidence to talk in front of a group by taking part in group discussions and presentations. I have gained so many transferable skills which I use in my current day-to-day working life. Attending different placements gave me an insight into and helped me to clear the questions I had about choosing the right career pathway.
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team, my work involves a rotation from providing dispensary services to a high level of consistency and patient expectations; to clinical ward rounds doing medication reconciliation and pharmaceutical care issues; acting as a pharmacy technician; recording interventions and reporting adverse drug reactions; attending antimicrobial presentations and seminars and recording all antimicrobial audits; liaising with doctors, nurses, diabetic specialists, acute pain teams, oncology and patient carers to ensure optimum patient care. I work on different wards as a 3-month rotation which includes general surgery, medical wards, stroke, oncology, paediatric, family services, where I provide therapeutic drug monitoring services which includes interpretation of blood results, toxic drug level, therapeutic drug level, dosage advice and if needed, omitting or missing doses instructions to nurses, doctors and clinicians. I also work late shifts, on-call services, weekend and bank holiday shifts. During my typical day I will be doing dispensing at the dispensary, clinical checking medicines and drug charts, while on ward rounds I will be recording interventions, analysing blood test results and dosage according to the blood test results, CD checking, immunoglobulin ordering and neonatal dose calculation. I am currently doing an in-house training for medicine information and paediatric and neonatal training.
I was told that once you do your pre-registration job at a community pharmacy it will be very difficult to get into hospital - however, straight after my pre-registration year, I applied for a hospital job and passed my interview, which I was very proud of and proved many people wrong.
If there is desire in you then nothing is impossible. You won't get anything until you try and if you fail don't be disheartened, just try again. The University is full of opportunities and it depends on the student as to what you can achieve, regardless of which university you go to.