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Natasha Kam | University of Sunderland

Pharmacy Mpharm

  • Name: Natasha Kam
  • Age: 23
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Ambitions: I would love to set up my own pharmaceutical company.

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August 21st, 2014

Pre-Reg Pharmacist Useful Links

Useful links for pre-reg trainees:


1. (For professional indemnity) Pharmacist Defense Association:


2. GPhC:


3. Pre-Reg Central:


4. Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education: 


5. Pharmaceutical Journal:


6. Royal Pharmaceutical Society:


7. Chemist and Druggist:


8. NHS Prescription Services:


9. Commonwealth Pharmacists Association:


10. Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee:



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Good luck guys!


Natasha X

August 10th, 2014

Start of Pre-Reg Training

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m soo excited to write about my first week of pre-reg training at Avenue Pharmacy! First of all, my work hours vary each week so for my first week, I’ve worked on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 to 7pm. However next week, I will be working on all weekdays from 9 to 6pm. So for those who don’t already know, the pre-reg year is a 52-weeks of  pharmacy training (some students have chosen hospitals, industry or community like me) to prepare us to become licensed pharmacist. There are 4-5 progress checks for us throughout the year to ensure that we are “fit” enough to take the 2 pre-reg exams (open and closed book). There are only 3 attempts for this exam so if one fails 3 times, we will not be able to get our license to practise as pharmacists. :/

Back to my training, it’s been so much fun and eye-opening finally getting to do the stuff that I’ve previously studied about for the last 4 years at uni! I’m really proud to say that studying the MPharm program at University of Sunderland has prepared me so well that I’ve been able to comfortably interact and answer simple queries from patients, clinical questions from my tutor and pharmacists in-charge as well as competently conducting my duties as a pre-reg pharmacist.

So far, I have been collecting prescriptions, assembling, labeling and dispensing medications at an acceptable pace (need to be more familiar with the systems and positions of the medications around) 😛 , preparing dosette boxes for patients who have difficulty especially remembering things/mental conditions for patient compliance, prepare and supervise patients with controlled drug (CD) like methadone, buprenorphine as well as managing the CD records (schedule 2 drug classifications). Other things I’ve been doing are rearranging incoming stocks onto their respective shelf corners, dealing with patients over-the-counter and cashiering. I am also learning how to endorse prescriptions and to be familiar with the OTC price calculations etc.

My study breaks are normally on the weekends where I will get an hour or two off and hibernate in the consultation room to go through the BNF, finish up the SOP (standard operating procedures of the pharmacy) and to write up my progress reports. My pre-reg tutor has been so very helpful and I’ve gained so much knowledge after just FOUR days at the pharmacy! The pharmacy technicians and staffs are also extremely lovely and friendly- I’m so lucky to have these people around working with me. Hopefully, I will be more than prepared before the pre-reg exams next June. To all pre-reg pharmacists out there, all the best and enjoy your training, it won’t be long until we become licensed pharmacists!


Avenue Pharmacy, Sunderland (New 100 hour pharmacy)

100 hour pharmacy which means that it's open 365 days 100 hours per week!

100 hour pharmacy which means that it’s open 365 days 100 hours per week!


My trays are filled 🙂


Ready for checking by the pharmacist


Lunch break!


Home-cooked noodle soup


Reference sources to start with- Getting to know the drug tariff and revise MEP


Can’t wait for my FREE copies of the BNF and BNF for children in October from RPS
(The bibles for pharmacists)


Belated graduation bear gift from my beloved boyfriend <3

PS: I will be visiting the Prescription pricing division (PPD) office, training at hospice care and attending a smoking cessation course soon. Excited much!!!

August 3rd, 2014

Pre-Registration Pharmacist Experiences

Happy Sunday readers. Recently, I have been in contact with my colleagues from UoS and just so you know, we are all scattered around the whole of England and only a few of us are remaining in Sunderland for the pre-reg training. So some of us have already started training 2-3 weeks ago, while others (like me) will only start next week. I’ve asked them to describe their pre-reg experiences so far in one sentence, so read on to see what they have to say.:)

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“So far I have done dispensing, dosette boxes and managing medication charts for care homes. I will soon be trained for weight loss and smoking cessation clinics.” – Michelle Ong


Going into pre-reg training/full time work is tiring and you’re given greater responsibilities, but fun-filled & satisfying at the same time knowing that you’re helping someone everyday + get paid doing that!” – Yvonne Yap


My 1st week has been tiring ! There’s a lot of work doing pre-reg with Lloyds Pharmacy but I can see it’ll be exciting. I’ve been reading the SOPs, dispensing medicines and using my 2.5 hour study time to get familiar with the learning & development site designed for pre-regs.” – Panagiota Ilia


Basically, I have been shadowing my senior pre-reg pharmacist & I am learning  all from scratch.” – Kelvin Chang


I love it! Everyone’s really nice & helpful. I feel like I’m learning a lot already. What I’ve been doing is recapping GI OTC + BNF stuff as well as helping in the dispensary and serving. I’ve put up dosette boxes, learned the pharmacy routine & done varying shifts to cover each minute of a 100 hour pharmacy day. Plus, I’ve made a lot of new friends!” – Amy Johnson


Quite tiring because there’s information overload! However, I have learnt so much and gaining experience already. ” – Benedict Lim


It is truly an eye opening experience where I can actually put my 4 years of academic knowledge  into practice. Never a dull moment since I started pre-reg. Although lesson number 1 is: INVEST IN A PAIR OF COMFORTABLE SHOES!” – Sue Yi


To me, speed & accuracy is essential working in the community pharmacy as there’ll be loads of prescriptions coming in! I have to make sure that everything is in a perfect manner. Clinical and legal issues of a prescription is normally not a problem as the computer system detects errors. I’ve been doing almost everything, from dispensing, collecting prescriptions, doing dosette boxes, rearranging stock supplies to OTC and electronic transfer of prescriptions.” – Soon Siang


I have just started my first week of the pre-reg training and I have been involved with dispensing of medication and arranging stock supplies.” – Melody Cheong


Very busy! Too much to learn in a short period of time. I’m responsible for all care home medications, chasing up prescriptions from surgery, loads of paper work, dispensing, preparing dosette boxes to be sent out by the driver. I hope to be able to settle down as soon as possible.” – Feliz Lee


A new challenging and exciting chapter of my life has just begun. Basically, I shadowed staffs and pharmacist, finding out how things work in the pharmacy, be involved with dispensing, receiving and placing stocks onto the shelves, delivery services, collect prescriptions from surgery and sorting them out at the end of the day. I’m also involved with the minor ailment scheme like blood pressure checks. It’s been really good so far & I’d like to wish all pre-regs out there good luck and to everyone who is half way through the MPharm course!” – Darnish Kaur


Well said everybody! Thank you once again for sharing your views & all the best! Guess this pretty much sums up the start of a pre-reg community pharmacist life. Please look me up on: if you’d like to share your pre-reg experiences. As you all know, this will be my last month blogging for UoS so I’ll be signing off soon & the next batch of lives online bloggers will be selected in no time. Cheers! <3

July 30th, 2014

History of University of Sunderland & Pharmacy Course



So I have been searching for information regarding the history of UoS and found out that Sunderland has been an important centre for education since 674 AD!! Among its early students was a 7 year old boy who became known to history as The Venerable Bede, a renowned scholar and teacher. And the river bank surrounding the St. Peter’s church is now the setting for the award-winning Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peter’s.

On top of that, the first stained glass ever made in England was created for St Peter’s Church, and so it is appropriate that the National Glass Centre, home to the University’s teaching and research in glass and ceramics, should be based at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.

St Peter’s Church where I am currently attending my Sunday services, was the site of the greatest scriptorium north of the Alps, and has been described as the Oxford of its day. The oldest existing Latin version of the Bible – the Codex Amiatinus – was written at St Peter’s Church, close to the University’s £9m state-of-the-art Media Centre, launched in 2004.

In 1921-22, the Pharmacy Department began as a single bench in the Chemistry Department, but soon grew to become the largest in the country. This was thanks to the vision of Miss Hope Constance Monica Winch, a remarkable scientist and pioneer of the Pharmacy Department who was appointed in 2921 as the 1st full-time Pharmacy lecturer. The Hope Winch Society is the largest UoS Alumni group where members can take part in a number of dedicated events including networking sessions, and Annual lecture and the Annual Reunion Dinner. The Society began in 1984, following a very successful reunion dinner for ex-pharmacy students.

Hope Winch Annual Dinner 2010


In 1930 the quality of Pharmacy Department was reflected by an affiliation to Durham University. The London University Pharmacy BSc was introduced in the same year, and Sunderland was recognised by London University as a centre for its BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) degree in 1934. So during the Second World War, Sunderland ran special courses for the armed forces and the Ministry of Labour. By 1946 the College had 59 full-time staff, 175 part-time assistants, 840 full and part-time students and 1,485 evening class students.

After that, new courses were developed and had further expansions in 1950s. Sunderland was the first educational centre in the region to install a digital computer. This hi-tech innovation required a crane to haul it through the roof of the building in which it was housed – a far cry from today’s laptops and netbooks. In 1959, an ambitious building programme began, culminating in the opening of a new complex of buildings on Chester Road by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1964. These developments meant that there will be residential accommodation for both full and part- time students studying in Sunderland. 

In 1992, Her Majesty The Queen granted Sunderland city status to mark the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne. In 1993, HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited the City of Sunderland the University of Sunderland. Her Majesty met University staff and students and saw plans for the flagship St Peter’s Campus development, which has since made a significant contribution to the regeneration of the city.

Prince Philip [image]

In 2002, St Peter’s Campus was renamed the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The event marked the 80th birthday of Sir Tom Cowie, esteemed Sunderland businessman and one of the University’s most loyal supporters. The £50m Sir Tom Cowie Campus is now home to about half of 17,000 students. The School of Business, Law and Psychology opened on the campus in 1994, and the spectacular David Goldman Informatics Centre followed 2 years later.

In 1998, the Oscar-winning film producer Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE became the University’s first Chancellor. Lord Puttnam was succeeded by former Olympic athlete Steve Cram MBE, who has held the position of Chancellor of the University of Sunderland since 2008. In 1999 Professor Peter Fidler left Oxford Brookes University to become Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Sunderland. As well as leading efforts to enhance our reputation for high quality teaching and research, Professor Fidler contributes to regional regeneration as a member of several North-East development bodies.


In 2006 a new £3.5m Gateway development opened at City Campus, housing a wide range of university services and academic support. This development was followed in 2009 by the £12m CitySpace sports facility featuring a six-badminton sports hall, 70-station fitness suite and indoor climbing wall. In 2011, the new Sciences Complex – a £8.5m development for healthcare sciences was built. 2012 was a busy year, with the establishment of the new University of Sunderland London Campus, and refurbishments of Priestman Building and National Glass Centre. Pristman building is now a centre for Fine Art and Culture, and National Glass Centre is firmly established as one of the UK’s premiere tourist destinations and the heart of glass research in the UK.

WOW! For over a century, UoS and all its former iterations has set the pace in higher education, and are looking forward to continuing this trend into the next century. Way to go Sundie!

For more information on Hope Winch, click here to see what Dr. Paul Carter, Chairman of the Hope Winch Society has to say:


*The information above was taken & can be found on the University of Sunderland website; Credits to Stuart Miller for the research*

July 29th, 2014

North East Live Concert 2014


Throwback to the North East Live Concert at Stadium of Light last month- My friends and I received FREE tickets from the University to watch Union J, Jessie J, Jason Derulo, The Saturdays, Rizzle Kicks, Katy B, The vamps and many more performing! The crowd was incredible, mostly teenagers and children but the parents enjoyed the music too especially when Jason Derulo took off his shirt to show off his abs during his performance.

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July 29th, 2014

Paris Trip (Day 2 & 3)

Day 2 at Paris was the highlight of our trip because we went to Disneyland! Few years back, my family and I visited Florida’s Disneyland and it was during winter. This time in Paris is during summer and I must say it was tormenting (hahaha- I really cannot stand the heat!)… I made sure I kept myself hydrated, applied tonnes of sunscreen lotion and used my umbrella whenever it’s possible. So the whole of Day 2 was in Disneyland until towards the evening when my boyfriend and I played on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride and I instantly felt sick because I just had lunch!! We were brought up into the air in a little elevator looking vehicle. A video to show you how is it like, it was really fun but because we just had our burger lunch and all, I was so sick I felt like throwing up. The video doesn’t look that scary but trust me, DO NOT eat before you go onto this ride. The velocity and acceleration was just intense..!


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July 29th, 2014

BBQ Session with my Sundy Family

My boyfriend and I know a family from City Life Church for two years already and they always have us over to their place for dinner. This time, we had a BBQ session in their backyard with their pet rabbits (haha). Better go out there and enjoy the lovely sunny weather before winter comes and it’s going to be all cold and rainy. The last picture is a tea session with my course mates whom I will not be seeing after this anymore as most of us have applied to different parts of England for pre-reg and some have gone back home for good. Will be missing each and everyone of them!

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July 29th, 2014

Paris Trip (Day 1)

Good morning readers! Just last week, my boyfriend and I took a short lovely trip to Paris to celebrate me graduating and finally becoming a pre-reg pharmacist. This is only just the beginning of my journey to becoming a pharmacist and I am really excited to start my training!! So back to my Paris trip, we booked our hotel and flights via Thomas Cook & traveled within the city by RER (train) and metro. The French are really friendly especially when people like me (foreign) start trying to speak their language, they feel so proud and honoured that internationals would make an extra effort to learn their language. So this is when my French lessons with Madame Joelle from ULS (University Language Scheme) comes in handy. I have completed Stage 1 of French lessons last year with UoS and I can speak very basic French now.:) We got around easily as their transport system is relatively straight forward. First day when we arrived, we walked soo much we didn’t even check in to the hotel until late evening!



The journey was less than 2 hours by plane

Paris train (RER) and Metro Map

Paris train (RER) and Metro Map


All Day Passes for buses, trains and metro


First stop: Notre Dame Cathedral with such beautiful stained glass designs inside


Inside of Notre Dame


Boyfriend and I moving on to the Louvre!


Entering into Louvre museum


And we see it!


Tourists admiring the beautiful architecture of the buildings


The queue into the museum


Typical Louvre shot


Pretty scenery from inside out


The Louvre museum is one of the biggest in the world and it took us soo long to glance through everything- Mona Lisa is to be found here


Inside of the Louvre


We have gotten free access into the whole museum because we are students!


Resurrection of Jesus Christ carving


Ancient belongings


CHeck out the ceiling! I can’t imagine how much effort one’s put into it!


More of it..


The Lord’s Last supper


Walking around the museum


Next stop: The Eiffel Tower


Almost there


Closer to the tower


Walking right underneath the tower


Pont Neuf Bridge


Souvenir shops everywhere


After a long day of traveling and walking, we finally checked into our hotel and had a nice romantic French steak dinner




Banana split dessert

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July 23rd, 2014

Life Changing Video

Please bear with me as I am not very good with impromptu speaking! However, I am still overwhelmed from graduation and parents visiting me and all. There’s still time for you to apply for the lives online blogging job so if you are a student from UoS, click onto this link to find out more. Good luck!

July 14th, 2014

World Cup Finals 2014

Last night was the FIFA World Cup Finals- Argentina versus Germany in Brazil. UoS’ Students’ Union organised a football event for the students at North Shore. Students were able to join in for games, football quizzes, ball dribbling and juggling. Everyone had so much fun as there were gifts for the winners and drinks at the bar. We sat down to watch that intensive live match together. There were German students amongst us and it was a great night for the Germans to gain victory of the World Cup! Both my father and brother are footballers- My brother especially was trained under a Brazilian coach since young so they both got the chance to win the dribbling and juggling games for the night. Click on the video below to watch my baby brother dribble. 😛

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Daddy signing the football

Daddy signing the football

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