Festival Medical Services runs a pharmacy at Glastonbury and Reading Festivals as part of its field hospitals. You might think, why would anyone want to work in a pharmacy at a music festival?
The answer is in several parts…..
Firstly, operating a round the clock service in a temporary pharmacy for up to five days is a fantastic challenge. It is like nothing you will experience in any day job. The pharmacies are registered as retail pharmacies but have a hospital-like element to them as they are adjacent to the hospital tent. For those working in retail pharmacy, working in a multi-disciplinary environment is a breath of fresh air, where your professional expertise is called upon by the other disciplines working alongside you. Any queries can be dealt with almost instantly as the person you might need to talk to is right there.
For those who work in hospital pharmacy, the face-to-face patient contact can be a challenge, where you have to respond to patient symptoms to recommend an over the counter product as well as revisiting different aspects of the law covering community pharmacy. You constantly have to think on your feet as you might not have a full inventory of medicines available to you and deliveries into the site are difficult. So being able to use your product knowledge to advise the medical team and the patients is vital and helps you to remember products you had long forgotten.
Secondly, you will gain key experience that will look good on any CV and provide excellent examples during any competency based interview. The team is fantastic, so even if you turn up for the first time on your own, you will be looked after and make long lasting friendships.
Finally, and most importantly, you will be doing all of the above with the quiet satisfaction of helping out very good causes. FMS donates large sums to various charities each year, more details of which can be found on this website.
So who do we need? Well, for obvious reasons, we need everyone to have pharmacy related qualifications and experience.
Primarily we need registered pharmacists as well as dispensing technicians with a minimum of NVQ2 in dispensing. We do also need a small number of people for setting up the pharmacy at the start of the festival as well as packing away at the end. There is no qualification needed for this of course, other than being good with a screwdriver.
How to apply
If you fancy the chance of the experience of a lifetime, please email us with details of your qualifications and experience.