For Pre-registration Pharmacist Lucinda Mulliss (24), moving across the border from Chester to Wrexham has allowed her to train within all sectors of pharmacy, gaining further skills and knowledge as a result.
Working in Wales has also given her flexibility to pursue her sporting ambitions as an international hockey umpire.
“I come from a family of NHS workers so always had an affinity for working in the NHS, and I decided that pharmacy was best suited to my skill set. I started working in a hospital in north Wales after finishing university and have been here for nine months so far. Wales provides an exciting multi-sector pre-registration programme, and the Health Board I’m training in allows me to experience all three sectors of pharmacy (community, hospital and primary care) equally, which has been invaluable. I’m now looking forward to using this knowledge when I begin a two-year post-graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy this summer in Wrexham.
“In my current role, I’ve rotated through the major specialities of hospital pharmacy, whilst in community I have supported the pharmacist in completing services, counselled patients over the counter as well as helping with the day-to-day running of the community pharmacy. During my time in primary care, I’ve helped medical staff complete medication reviews, run clinics and helped with cost saving initiatives. I’ve covered so much already, and this is because the pharmacy sectors within each health board in Wales work so closely together, making it much easier to experience other specialities.
“My colleagues have given me a lot of support during my time at Wrexham hospital, particularly in allowing me to pursue my sporting ambitions as an umpire in field hockey, which meant that I could umpire several international games over the last year. It’s a fantastic place to work and I’m thankful to the team who’ve allowed me to reach my goals in and outside of work.
“I’m also lucky enough to have two tutors and a mentor covering the sectors I’m working in, all of whom have helped me make the most of each sector and make transferring between each one a swift process. As part of the year’s course, we also have regular training days — a brilliant chance to meet with like-minded colleagues in a supportive and sociable environment.
“Wales is such a great place to work and has given me experiences that I wouldn’t have received anywhere else. I’ve made great friendships with pre-registration pharmacists across the health board. North Wales is a warm and welcoming place and I feel fully supported in all aspects. The best thing for me has definitely been the flexibility of my role which has given me the chance to fulfil my sporting ambitions in equal measure to my professional goals. If this is the lifestyle you’re looking for, then Wales is definitely the place for you!”