The new platform helps newer pharmacists to find a mentor, while experienced pharmacists can use it to share their knowledge and expertise. Photo: iStock

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society today launched a new mentoring service for its members in order to unite pharmacists from all sectors and career stages.

The new platform helps newer pharmacists to find a mentor, while experienced pharmacists can use it to share their knowledge and expertise. Any RPS member can join the platform as a mentor or mentee.

It takes the details and suggests a possible match, which both the mentor and mentee can review.

Helen Chang, RPS head of Professional Development, said the scheme would help pharmacists with their career development.

“We know that mentoring builds confidence, interpersonal skills and can alleviate stress. Mentees gain valuable support with their professional development from experienced colleagues. Mentors gain personal satisfaction by contributing to someone’s growth and it also facilitates reflective practice. It’s a win-win for both groups,” Chang said.

Dr Ryan Hamilton, a specialist antimicrobial pharmacist, said: “Having mentors and strong peer-support has played a significant role in my professional development; from being a new member of the BPSA Executive, through to undertaking a lab-based PhD, then moving back into clinical practice.

“I have signed up as a mentor through the RPS to support other pharmacists with their professional and career development, and help others develop practical aspects of practice that cannot be learned or developed through reading alone.”

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