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Starring: The Pharmacist

As health professionals, there are many steps we can take to be more patient-centered, which to me means putting the patient’s safety first. At the end of the day, if the patient is not taking their medicines correctly or safely, they are not going to get the optimum therapeutic outcome. Therefore, it is important that health professionals work collaboratively within a dynamic healthcare system.

Pharmacists are often the forgotten member of the healthcare team. Yet no one knows more about medicines than Pharmacists. For most patients, medicines pose a problem for them. Whether it’s polypharmacy, lack of education around possible side effects, or patient confusion around the role and purpose of each of their medicines. In addition, medication non-adherence is the biggest fixable problem in healthcare today. It poses a massive financial burden on various stakeholders such as insurers, employers and the tax-paying public.  Pharmacists have the knowledge, experience and expertise that can complement that of a Doctors’ to help address some of these inefficiencies.

Pharmacists should be integrated into multidisciplinary teams as a General Practice Pharmacist or in hospital teams for example. A 2014 systematic review of 38 RCTs demonstrated that pharmacist interventions in general practice have been associated with improvements in patient asthma symptom scores and asthma related hospitalisations; and reductions in BP, HbA1C% and cholesterol levels. What’s more, a 2012 RCT of partnered pharmacist charting at The Alfred Hospital showcased significant reduction in both inpatient medication errors and length of stay.

Pharmacists can support general practitioners and liaise with services post discharge to help meet the increasingly complex health needs of older people and people living with chronic conditions. By providing the right mix of qualified health professionals in the right place at the right time, we can optimise delivery of high quality health care that all Australians are entitled to.
Practical tips to secure the best people for your business

Finding a new team member for your business is challenging and time consuming, so you definitely want to be sure you are approaching it in the right way from the outset to get the best outcome.

It’s important to intentionally provide an ACE - Awesome Candidate Experience from the beginning of the process if you want to secure the Best. 
How an applicant feels after they experience your recruitment process will definitely influence them in their decision to firstly apply for your role and then whether to accept the job offer should it get to that.

If it’s a good experience, they will feel positive about their application.  If you step it up and make it even better than good, you can be sure they will talk about it with others, which in turn will help your employer profile out there in the market.

However, if it’s a bad candidate experience you can be sure they won’t want to align their career with your business, and worst still, they will let others know of their experience which in turn will damage your employer brand. 
I would like to give some tips in this article about how to provide that ACE so that your new potential employee starts their journey with your business in the most positive, stand-out way possible.

It could be just a simple matter of tweaking a few things that you do, or your whole recruitment process may need a total overhaul.

Respecting the candidate throughout the process is key.

My top 5 practical tips to secure the best people for your business: * Write a job advertisement that tells them what their day to day will look like in the role. * Provide a timely update after application as to the next step - don’t leave them hanging. * Give clear information prior to the face to face interview - particularly who will be interviewing them and that person/s role within the company. * Be sure the person doing the interview is able to provide a positive interview experience that will draw out a candidate’s compatibility. * Avoid a protracted hiring processes - get back to your candidate asap after the interview.

By Debbie Capuano, Recruitment Consultant at Raven’s Recruitment.
Pharmacy Intern focus - How Raven's can help you get that job

Applying for pharmacy jobs can be daunting, and as an intern myself the thought of the next job is always lurking in the back of my mind.

My advice to pharmacy students would be to work in a pharmacy whilst studying because one thing - among many - that it teaches you is the value of enhancing your personal brand.

Writing the near-perfect cover letter and making your resume sizzle can help you stand out in a competitive market. Below are some tips and tricks from the Raven’s team:

Cover letter
* Make sure you outline the position you are applying for and when and where the job was advertised.
* Outline your credentials, work experience and any other relevant skills and capabilities.
* State why you are applying for the job and what you can bring to the job.
* Use words that create a positive impression such as ‘capable’, ‘responsible’ and ‘committed’.
* Check for correct grammar and spelling.

Resume / CV
* Remember this is a marketing document, not an autobiography.
* Think about the target audience.
* Volunteer work and projects showcase transferable skills.

The key to finding a job that is the best fit for you is to be proactive in your search and get advice on the employment market using a professional agency such as Raven’s Recruitment as they are uniquely positioned with in-de knowledge and experience.

Being in the digital age, technology - in particular social media - can attract new job opportunities. Create a LinkedIn profile to introduce a bit of your personality. Remember to be active with it by updating frequently and engaging with others. I joined the Twitter world in 2016 and to this day it remains the most efficient way for me to stay up-to-date with the latest pharmacy and healthcare news.

Raven’s Recruitment is a 100% FREE service offering career advice and support throughout your entire pharmacy career.

Raven’s has a dedicated Career Zone on their website with information specifically tailored to pharmacy students on career options, creating a resume, writing cover letters, interview tips and more.

By Shefali Parekh, Intern Pharmacist at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
4 personal actions that instantly boost your employer appeal

Do you know what one thing really boggles me?

Everyone wants their perfect role, their next exciting career move, but many Pharmacists never achieve what they desire because they don’t invest the “time” to understand their unique attributes, and if they do, when the opportunity arises are incapable of articulating these.

So why do they fail, when success is within reach?

I know what you are thinking… it takes time, and time is expensive and requires a lot of work.

That’s not the case though. Here are 4 actions that will instantly boost your appeal to any employer.

1.  Know yourself and be prepared to own it

Do you find that you’re not yourself in a work environment? It’s not uncommon, but it’s a waste of your talent and career aspirations if you hold back your true personality and skills. Dynamic leaders in business know that they need a diverse group of individuals where no two employees are the same.

2.  Develop your personal brand and be prepared to never stop marketing yourself

Whenever you read a marketing blog, particularly in anything to do with sales, it’s all about your personal brand. It’s easy for a Pharmacist to think that “their” brand is that of their Pharmacy Banner, or of the owner of an independent pharmacy, but that’s far from the truth.

3.  Attitude always beats experience

This may be contentious, but it’s a no brainer and over and over, a positive “can do” attitude will prevail over experience. Being an employer, it’s always tempting in the short-term to find a candidate with experience, it seems on face value that it is just easier. When you are thinking about applying for a role, or better yet about to prepare for an interview, put yourself in the shoes of the employer.

4.  Have a preparedness for change, be adaptable 
Never in the history of work has the need for an individual to be able to embrace change in the workplace been greater than it is now. Put another way, joining any business or organisation and not being prepared to adapt as changes occur, is a good way to become irrelevant very quickly.

By Alan Sutton, Director at Raven’s Recruitment.
CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of our #PSA19SYD competition: Sophie Pashley, #Pharmacist from Victoria! Sophie wins a $300 Flight Centre Voucher. Thanks to everyone who visited our stand at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia #Conference and we look forward to seeing you there again next year!
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Interview with Ayomide Ogundipe, winner of the 2019 PSA MIMS Intern Pharmacist of the Year Award

Ayomide Ogundipe was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 PSA MIMS Intern Pharmacist of the Year Award. Ayomide kindly agreed to sit down with Shefali Parekh from Raven’s Recruitment and answer her questions regarding her win and her career in Pharmacy to date. 
SP: Where you work, what qualifications do you have and when / where did you graduate from pharmacy?
AO: I work for Pharmacy 777 in Perth. I completed my Bachelor of Pharmacy at Curtin University in 2017, then continued to do my internship at Pharmacy 777 Whitford City in 2018. 
SP: What did intern year mean to you?
AO: Intern year for me meant an opportunity for me to develop myself professionally and create a really strong foundation for what I want my career to be/how I want to practice. 
SP: How does it feel to be recognised the PSA Intern of the Year?
AO: It’s pretty incredible! I’m so honoured to be recognised amongst so many of my talented and driven friends and peers. This recognition is huge, both personally and professionally but would not have been possible without the support of those who mentored me along the way.

SP: What is your advice for current interns?
AO: Take ownership of your role and allow yourself to stay teachable - you are a few steps away from your general registration, use the year consolidate everything you’ve learnt throughout your studies, build your professional experience and find areas that interest you. There is something to learn from everyone. The intern year can be overwhelming, but it’s important to pace yourself with your intern training program assignments and revision for exams. Remember that breaks are important and finding some intern buddies that you can revise with is a major key.

SP: Congratulations once again Ayomide, and thanks for your time.
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Mentally healthy pharmacists

It is important for all pharmacists to focus on our own mental health to ensure we are in a good position to look after others. Two sayings that come to mind are “put on your own oxygen mask first so that you can help others” and “you can’t pour from an empty glass”. Mental health is a continuum and we all sit someone along the line between mental health and mental illness. To keep ourselves closer to the healthy end of the spectrum we need to pay attention to our own needs.

A particular focus for maintaining good mental health is work-life balance. This is different for each individual and we should avoid comparing ourselves to others. We each need to find our own balance and avoid pressure to deviate from this. Working hard for short periods can be enjoyable but if you are no longer enjoying long hours and demanding schedules and you find your work is interfering with your own well-being or your ability to maintain personal relationships then it is time to slow down. Remember that even as a professional you work to live and you do not live to work. You will never regret spending time doing things you enjoy but you may regret missing out on life if you work too much.

As a pharmacist it can be hard to ask for help. 
The Pharmacists’ Support Service provides support over the phone to all Australian pharmacists, interns and pharmacy students every day of the year between 8.00am and 11.00pm AEST. Callers can remain anonymous and all calls are confidential. The service is provided by trained volunteers who are all pharmacists or retired pharmacists. We are there to support you in times of stress.

By Kay Dunkley, Executive Officer at Pharmacists' Support Service.

Please give a tax deductible donation to support their work: https://www.givenow.com.au/pharmacistssupportservice
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The Benefits (and Myths) of Locum Work

It is true that each locum experience is unique to itself however, if you are new to the locum field it is easy to gather information about the nature of locuming that is not entirely accurate.  Being pharmacy locum recruiters, we have identified some of the most common misconceptions we encounter and decided to shed some light on them. 
Myth 1: The Great ABN Myth
We are happy to announce that no, you do not have to get an ABN. 
Myth 2: Locum work lacks challenge
If you are seeking a challenging role that will grow and develop your pharmacy career and are under the impression you can’t do this as a locum, you wouldn’t be 100% correct. 
Myth 3: Accommodation is terrible
We are under no illusion that if you travel out to the middle of Australia that you are going to be staying in the Hilton hotel, but you will often find a lot more horror stories of accommodation posted online than anything about positive experiences but that’s not to say there aren’t any. 
Myth 4: Instability of work
Raven’s have multiple locums that rely on locum work as their sole form of income and do extremely well. Of course, the more locum work you do and the larger your network grows, the easier it will be to find work.

The Benefits of Locum work
It’s important to remember that as a locum you have control over where and when you work. Locum work is as interesting, challenging, diverse and exciting as you decide to make it. You will find that developing a solid and reputable network will put you in good stead to be avoiding some of the horror situations that have contributed to the above myths being consider common occurrences. - Belinda Jeffries
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