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Trainee Pharmacist Year

Programme Introduction

PWDS is part of the team that provide the HEE South wide training programme with particular focus on the South West.

In the South West in 2021/22 we provide training and support to over 100 trainee pharmacists within NHS hospitals, community pharmacies, GP surgeries, mental health trusts and CCGs in Gloucestershire, Avon, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. Many of the trainees undertake integrated training placements, allowing them to rotate and learn across the different pharmacy settings.

The trainee pharmacist programme in the South West is carefully designed to complement the trainees work place learning, help the trainee pass the GPhC registration assessment and develop the skills required of competent pharmacist.

Entry Criteria

The following prerequistes must be met before application

Foundation trainee pharmacists must have graduated with an MPharm degree OR if you are a qualified pharmacist from overseas, completed an OSPAP.

All foundation trainee pharmacists must apply for placements via ORIEL. More information can be found on https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist-pre-registration-training-scheme

Programme Features

  • Four regional courses
  • OSCEs
  • Project presentation day
  • Monthly local learning sets
  • Mock registration assessment
  • First aid training
  • Virtual learning environment
  • Support of the HEE Assessment Strategy
  • E-portfolio
  • Online careers event and support
  • Pastoral support

Programme Details

PWDS is part of the team that provide the HEE South wide training programme from Buckinghamshire to Cornwall. This is a chance to network and meet with all the trainees in the wider area.

The HEE South programme has 3 hubs – Peninsula, Severn and Thames Valley and Wessex (TVW).

We run four regional courses in the 3 hubs based around the new GPhC learning domains for the foundation year (patient-centered care and collaboration, professional practice, leadership and management, and education and research).

We also run monthly local learning sets in smaller groups (typically 10 – 15 trainees) which focus on the clinical areas of the registration assessment; these smaller groups are a better opportunity for interactive learning through case studies, presentations, workshops, mini-OSCEs and virtual ward rounds under the guidance of clinical experts.

The OSCEs we run provide an opportunity to reflect on your communication and consultations skills and take that learning into practice.

Our virtual learning environment provides online resources, practice calculation and registration assessment questions. We offer the opportunity to sit a practice registration assessment and provide feedback for you to improve.

HEE provides a national programme with access to an e-portfolio and assessment tools to help you improve your practice throughout your training year.

As well as the training programme our training programme directors offer pastoral support to all trainees over the training year and we have access to Professional Support and Wellbeing in the South.

In the past few years our trainees have achieved pass rates for the GPhC registration assessment above the national average and secured pharmacist positions within the NHS.

Acute Training Trusts which provide this course:

Our department offers a highly successful, competitive programme aiming to lay foundations for an individual to effortlessly transition into a competent hospital pharmacist. We have a 100% pass rate for trainees undertaking the registration exam. Our trainees benefit from individual tutors providing dedicated support and encouragement. We deliver a comprehensive programme incorporating a wide range of daily ‘core’ clinical work including: cardiology, respiratory, surgery and admissions. The trainees also spend time in other sections of hospital pharmacy such as dispensary, medicines information and technical services. Trainees will also have an opportunity to choose up to 5 weeks of specialist training in areas such as renal, ITU and neurosciences. Also, trainees will support our outpatient HIV clinic and spend 2 weeks at a community pharmacy to broaden their knowledge. Meet our pharmacy team: https://tinyurl.com/r5yves4

Contact Name: Soora Jung

Email: soora.jung@nbt.nhs.uk

North Bristol NHS Trust and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are delighted to have developed an innovative rotational programme. The trainee will follow an individualised programme rotating through the major pharmacy services and various clinical specialities within both clinical settings. Building upon the comprehensive and well established hospital programme; you will engage with a wide range of daily ‘core’ clinical work such as cardiology, care of the elderly and admissions, as well as other areas of pharmacy practice including dispensary and medicines information. You will be involved in medicines optimisation services across the both areas. With an increasing emphasis on the importance of mental health care, particularly within acute NHS hospitals, this is a great opportunity to gain clinical experience in psychiatry during the pre-registration year. http://www.awp.nhs.uk/

Contact Name: Soora Jung

Email: soora.jung@nbt.nhs.uk

North Bristol NHS Trust is the largest hospital trust in the South West. The pharmacy department is committed to providing high quality clinical services and improving patient safety through innovative practice. We have a large clinical team with many specialist posts including 22 trained non-medical prescribers and 2 consultant pharmacists. We have a 100% pass rate for trainees undertaking the registration exam. Our trainees benefit from individual designated supervisors providing dedicated support and encouragement. Our innovative cross sector post ensures extensive training is provided in both a hospital setting and GP surgeries across a primary care network (4PCN – main base Cadbury Heath Healthcare). The programme develops the individual’s clinical pharmacy knowledge, consultation skills and multidisciplinary working as well as better understanding extended pharmacist roles within a GP practice. https://tinyurl.com/r5yves4

Contact Name: Soora Jung

Email: soora.jung@nbt.nhs.uk

We are committed to providing our trainees with the knowledge, experience and support necessary for the successful completion of the training year. We have an excellent first time pass rate. In addition to the regional and local training courses, we have a structured programme to cover supply, clinical, ward services and professional skills and it is flexible and tailored to the trainee. The year also includes time gaining experience at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. The current programme includes several weeks at Bristol in pharmacy production, QC, medicines information, paediatrics and other specialities. Some time is also scheduled in mental health and in community practice to gain additional experience in these areas of pharmacy.

Contact Name: Jenni Sparks

Email: jenni.sparks@nhs.net

Method of Delivery

Mixture of face to face and virtual

Method of Assessment

Sign off as competent by designated supervisor against the GPhC learning outcomesand the GPhC registration assessment.

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Programme Directors

For general enquiries or in case of Programme Director absence:

Email: pwds@uhbw.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0117 342 6677

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Step One


All foundation trainee pharmacists must apply for placements via ORIEL


52 Weeks


Funded Places
HEE funded places available

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