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Anna Robinson

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Placements, placements, placements!

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Hi everyone.

Here’s a quick blog post to fill you in on placements that I’ve done so far over third year…

As part of the MPharm course students attend placements organised by the University to local communities and hospitals. These opportunities are useful, especially for students who don’t work in pharmacies, because you can gain hands-on insight into working in a pharmacy and learn a lot. This year I’ve been based in Stanley for 4 community placements and they’ve been fantastic; probably the best placements I’ve ever been on through the Uni! I’ve learnt so much and really got a lot out of the placements, because they provide you with experience you can’t really learn about at Uni. This year in placements I’ve covered a lot of scenarios around Ethics, Medication Use Reviews (MURs) for patients, Audits and Questionnaires on patients and preparation of dosette boxes (MDS) for patients and nearby care homes.

There are also two Hospital placements this year – one in an Aseptic Dispensing unit where sterile drugs, chemotherapy and parenteral feeding bags are prepared for patients; and the other in a Mental Health Hospital, focusing on Mental Health Therapeutics and drugs commonly used in that category of patients.

I find all of my placements very interesting and definitely gain valuable experience from them which will help when it comes to applications for my Pre-Registration Year (applications open in March this year!) Although my focus at the moment is to go into Hospital Pharmacy, my community experience from this year has certainly kept me on the ball… the company and staff were fantastic, and there would be countless opportunities working for that Pharmacy!


Term 2 so far…

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

It’s my third week back at Uni after the Christmas holidays, and already the workload is piling up… but so far, so good as I’m really enjoying the topic we’re covering at the moment; Diabetes. It’s a really prevalent disease, with the incidence of Type 2 diabetes increasing within our society. Pharmacists are becoming more and more involved in the care of diabetic patients, running clinics etc. It’s certainly a vital subject to know inside out and be kept up to date with!

1013716_217397288446506_154177850_nI’ve got another presentation coming up next week that I’m busy preparing for, as well as recapping work as I go along! The presentation is a scenario case study of a young patient presenting with signs and symptoms commonly associated with diabetes… but he is currently an undiagnosed teenager, who we have to manage the care of. Not only that but he is also presenting with signs and symptoms common of Diabetic ketoacidosis – a major complication of undiagnosed diabetes, which, if not managed aggressively and rapidly, can be fatal. My group and I have been meeting a lot recently to discuss the case and work through the questions together… it’s certainly a challenge to fit it all in alongside class work, and find time to rehearse too!

The life of a pharmacy student is never dull, I can tell you that(!)



Post-Christmas Update!

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Hello all!

This week was my first week back at Uni for 2014 and the second term of Third Year at Sunderland… and what a busy week it was. “Hit the ground running” is definitely an appropriate saying for how I’m finding third year Pharmacy so far. On our first morning back, all of us third years were in lectures for 2 hours getting an introduction on one of the new modules for this term, the dissertation project module. Yikes!


As part of the new pharmacy course at Sunderland, students complete their dissertation in third year, rather than fourth year… and we start ours this term, with the hand in date being in April! So we definitely don’t have long to decide on a title and get writing.

Being back at University also meant… EXAM TIME. In third year Pharmacy, all students must complete a Calculations exam, which they must pass with 70% or more to pass the year. I will also have to do a similar calculations exam at the end of my pre-registration year, which again, I must pass in order to qualify as a pharmacist.
The calculations are preparing us for examples we might come across in practice, such as calculating doses for patients; calculating drip rates for infusions in hospitals; calculating the amount of medication to dispense for a course of treatment; or calculating the different pharmacokinetic profiles of drugs etc… They’re tricky! Plus we’re not allowed a calculator… so it gets trickier(!) Hopefully the exam went okay… I certainly revised my socks off for it, because mental maths isn’t one of my strong points, but I am getting much better at it now!

IMG_2110I also loved catching up with my friends back at Uni. A lot of them live away or went home to different countries for Christmas, so finding out what they got up to was lovely. They feature in my new video too… check it out!

Second term with the dissertation on top of another module seems a little bit daunting, but bring on the challenge 🙂


Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

IMG_2164Dear all, here’s to hoping you all had a fantastic Christmas, and wishing everyone a happy, peaceful and successful 2014!

I had such a lovely Christmas  break… I had some time off from Uni work, caught up with friends and family, went shopping and treated myself to a few things, visited different places and above all… had a lie in!!

Here’s a short collage of pictures and snaps from my Christmas break. Whatever you got up to, I hope it was fun!


  • Name: Anna Robinson
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: Newcastle
  • Ambitions: To begin my career in Hospital Pharmacy, specialising in cardiology, with a view to teaching Pharmacy at a University.

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