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'Variety is the spice of life': pharmacist Paul Summerfield on his career

Pharmacist Paul Summerfield tells C+D about how he has made his career rewarding and varied 

Speaking to C+D at the Pharmacy Show in Birmingham in October, locum pharmacist Paul Summerfield shared his thoughts about combining a degree in law with his career as a pharmacist.

Mr Summerfield initially quenched his thirst for legal knowledge by embarking upon law degrees, which eventually led him to establish the Pharmaceutical Defence – a company that offers legal advice to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.

However, that is not the only side hustle that Mr Summerfield is busy with at present. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Reading and sits on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy board.


Listen to this podcast to:

  • Get inspired by Mr Summerfield’s career journey
  • Learn about his views on portfolio working
  • Find out what he thinks about getting an independent prescribing qualification.



This podcast was recorded before Health Education England announced last month that community pharmacists can apply for one of the 327 funded independent prescribing places for courses starting this month or in March.

Please note that this interview was recorded in the exhibition hall of the NEC conference centre, so there is background noise.

Keen to discuss more about whether getting an independent prescribing qualification is worthwhile? Join our next Big Debate on the C+D Community tonight, from 7-8pm. See you there!


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