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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 we provide training and support to over 100 trainee pharmacists (2021/22) 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:

Dorset County Hospital provides a friendly and supportive environment for completion of the training year. Students will receive training and gain accreditations in dispensing and checking accuracy, and medicines reconciliation. The programme is comprehensive & well-structured, allowing time to develop an understanding of all aspects of pharmaceutical care, with particular emphasis on clinical skills. A 2-week placement in a community pharmacy will be arranged. The year is structured towards students taking responsibility for their own ward, under supervision. Students will have the opportunity to spend time with our specialist pharmacists, such as on the dialysis unit or in the aseptic unit, and with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, for example on consultant-led ward rounds and with specialist nurses. This creates a well-rounded hospital pharmacy experience.

Contact Name: Nicholas Jones

Email: nicholas.jones@dchft.nhs.uk

Dorset County Hospital (DCH) offers a split post programme which includes 3 rotations: St Ann’s Hospital, Poole; Dorset Healthcare; and Dorset CCG. DCH will be your base organisation and provides a friendly and supportive environment for completion of the pre-registration year. Students will gain accreditations in dispensing & checking accuracy and medicines reconciliation. At DCH, students will have the opportunity to spend time with specialist pharmacists such as on the dialysis unit or in the aseptic unit, and with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, e.g. on consultant-led ward rounds and with specialist nurses. During your placements, you will gain insight into how community hospitals, specialist mental health hospitals and CCGs work across the wider Dorset system. This creates a well-rounded hospital pharmacy experience, with the year structured towards students taking responsibility for their own ward, under supervision.

Contact Name: Nicholas Jones

Email: nicholas.jones@dchft.nhs.uk

We are a mixed mental health and community care NHS trust. Dorset HealthCare provides a range of services from inpatient and outpatient mental health services through to community hospitals as well as domiciliary services in patients homes. The Pharmacy service has expanded and now also provides Pharmacists to PCNs (GP practices) and integrated community and primary care services. We offer a rotational training programme though all these elements as well as placements with community pharmacy, acute NHS trusts and the local CCG.

Contact Name: Rob Harvey

Email: rob.harvey4@nhs.net

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country and provides high quality acute, elective and specialist care across two sites Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal. Our comprehensive training provides a rotational programme through: dispensary, manufacturing, medicines management, clinical and medicines information, with potential for short placements in the local mental health trust and CCG. Trainees are encouraged to take the opportunity to arrange to spend time learning from other healthcare professionals, this includes attending tutorials provided to medical students at the Gloucestershire Clinical Academy. Training courses are provided by Pharmacy Workforce Development South. There will also be opportunity to undertake a short placement in a community pharmacy.

Contact Name: Delyth Morton

Email: delyth.morton@nhs.net

An exciting training year split between Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust (GHNHSFT) and the Aspen Medical Centre. GHNHSFT is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country providing high quality acute, elective and specialist care across two sites Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal. The Aspen Centre provides care to 30,000 patients from a team of GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists and therapy team. This innovative and comprehensive collaborative training programme will allow trainees to experience both primary and secondary care, including rotations through: dispensary, manufacturing, clinical, medicines information in the acute Trust and spend time in GP practice working as part of the multidisciplinary team. This will include consultation skills, medication reviews and care home reviews.

Contact Name: Delyth Morton

Email: delyth.morton@nhs.net

We offer a varied training programme with real hands-on experience in a friendly, welcoming department. Our programme is designed to give you a perfect foundation, giving you the experience and support you need to develop skills and build clinical knowledge. We offer an exciting rotational programme in all aspects of hospital pharmacy with emphasis on ward based clinical services. Our training programme is through the HEE South SW hub and you will participate in a series of training courses and Local Learning Sets with other trainees in the region. In addition, you will have tutorials facilitated by specialist pharmacy staff from hospitals within our ICS to aid your knowledge and understanding of medicines in use and the wider profession. You will also have the opportunity to take part in various other placements throughout the year, including a cross sector swap in a local community pharmacy and CCG-sector working.

Contact Name: Anne Edwards

Email: anne.edwards10@nhs.net

This is an opportunity to spread your training between two established training providers – Great Western Hospital and Bath Swindon and Wiltshire CCG. You will split your week between acute hospital work and the strategic pharmacy world in CCG in order to gain an insight into both these roles and give you a perfect foundation for future roles in either setting. Our training programme is through the HEE South SW hub and you will participate in a series of residential training courses and Local Learning Sets with other trainees in the region. In addition to this you will have regular tutorials facilitated by specialist pharmacy staff from hospitals within our ICS to aid your knowledge and understanding of medicines in use and the wider profession of pharmacy. You will also have the opportunity to take part in various other placements throughout the year, including a cross sector swap in a local community pharmacy and CCG-sector working.

Contact Name: Anne Edwards

Email: anne.edwards10@nhs.net

This is an exciting opportunity to spread your training between Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and our affiliated GP surgeries. By splitting your time in this way you will gain an insight into both these disciplines and gain the perfect foundation for future roles in either setting. Our training programme is through the HEE South Pharmacy SW hub and you will participate in a series of residential training courses and Local Learning Sets with other trainee pharmacists in the region. To complement this you will have regular tutorials facilitated by specialist pharmacy staff from hospitals within our Integrated Care System to aid your knowledge and understanding of medicines in use and the wider profession of pharmacy. You will also have the opportunity to take part in various other placements throughout the year, including a cross sector swap in a local community pharmacy and CCG-sector working.

Contact Name: Anne Edwards

Email: anne.edwards10@nhs.net

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

This program is based in North Devon District Hospital in a large market town providing services to 200,000 people over a large picturesque rural and coastal area. The program is underpinned by the HEE South monthly learning sets and regional courses. Day to day, you will work alongside our clinical pharmacy team across all specialties. These include aseptic services, homecare, medicines information, cardiology, stroke, care of the elderly, emergency medicine, paediatrics, respiratory and gastrointestinal medicine, obstetrics, intensive care, general and orthopaedic surgery. We provide services to community hospitals and 2 local hospices. In addition, you will have weeklong rotations to experience clinical pharmacy in mental health, GP practice, community pharmacy and CCG, to understand pharmacy throughout our healthcare community. We are a small friendly department with an active social calendar!

Contact Name: Carole Knight

Email: caroleknight@nhs.net

This integrated program is split between nine months in NDDH with a three month placement alongside a clinical pharmacist in a GP practice (Brannam Medical Centre) reviewing patients’ medications, consultations and clinics. The program is underpinned by the HEE South residential courses and monthly learning sets. You will work alongside our clinical pharmacy team across all clinical specialties including aseptic services, homecare, medicines information, cardiology, stroke, care of the elderly, paediatrics, emergency, respiratory and gastrointestinal medicine, surgery and obstetrics. We also provide services to community hospitals and 2 local hospices. You will also have rotations to experience pharmacy in a mental health trust, community pharmacy and CCG, to fully understand pharmacy throughout our healthcare community. We are a small friendly department with an active social calendar!

Contact Name: Carole Knight

Email: caroleknight@nhs.net

We offer a wide-ranging experience giving insight to the role of pharmacists and how pharmacy has positive impact on patient care. A joint programme with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (community and mental health services plus acute district general services) and ‘CLICK’ Primary Care Network (seven GP practices). You will work with ward-based teams delivering medicines optimisation and clinical services to community and mental health wards, and in the acute hospital there is a well-developed rotational programme covering many aspects of hospital pharmacy. Working in a GP practice will develop your understanding of primary care and develop communication, consultation and clinical assessment skills to interact effectively with patients and healthcare professionals. You will have individual designated supervisors and participate in regional training and regular training with other healthcare professionals.

Contact Name: Ana Alves

Email: Ana.Alves@SomersetFT.nhs.uk

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is a specialist teaching hospital providing comprehensive secondary and tertiary healthcare and offering wide-ranging experience giving insight into the role of a clinical pharmacist & how pharmacy can positively impact on patient care. You will work with ward-based teams delivering meds optimisation and clinical services to mental health wards and community hospitals. This split program consists of 2-month rotations at UHP; Beacon Medical Group (a GP training practice which invests heavily in training and supports some 80 clinical placements a year. The practice also has an Urgent Care Team comprising a paramedic, pharmacist, nurse practitioner and GP); and Livewell SW (an integrated health and social care services provider across South Hams, West Devon and Plymouth, with additional responsibilities for delivering specialist services to people living in certain parts of Cornwall and Devon).

Contact Name: Anthony Sinclair

Email: anthony.sinclair3@nhs.net

This Hospital/Community split post offers the trainee 9 months at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and 3 months at Boots in Truro. The Royal Cornwall Hospital is a busy teaching hospital and is the main provider of acute and specialist care in Cornwall. The emphasis of the programme in hospital will be on clinical skills and the trainee will follow a programme rotating through the major pharmacy services, such as technical services, medicines information and various clinical specialties including: medicine, surgery, trauma, paediatrics and cancer services. The community placement at Boots will provide the trainee with the chance to experience a wide range of pharmacy-led services including, NHS & private services, in a retail environment. For further information on working in Cornwall please see our departmental video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H53oq_XH_vY . A valid driving licence & access to a car, would be beneficial.

Contact Name: Victoria Ling

Email: victorialing@nhs.net

This placement will give you a total of 6 months at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro and 6 months at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). The Royal Cornwall Hospital is a busy teaching hospital and is the main provider of acute and specialist care in Cornwall. The programme offers a comprehensive training experience through a rotational programme covering all aspects of hospital pharmacy including technical services, medicines information and various clinical specialties including: acute medicine, surgery, paediatrics and cancer services. In addition, this programme will also give you the opportunity to work and train in Adult Community Services and Mental Health in a number of community hospitals run by CPFT. For further information on working in Cornwall please see our departmental video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H53oq_XH_vY . This post requires the applicant to have a valid driving licence & access to a car.

Contact Name: Victoria Ling

Email: victorialing@nhs.net

This post is between the Royal Cornwall Hospital & GP and will give you a total of 6 months working at the Hospital in Truro & a total of 6 months working at the General Practice. The department is friendly and supportive offering a comprehensive training experience covering all aspects of hospital pharmacy. In GP you will gain an insight into the role of the Practice Pharmacist, supporting GPs, nurses and other members of the practice team to promote safe and effective prescribing and use of medicines. Working as a pharmacist in a GP Practice is a relatively new, exciting role which provides the opportunity to further enhance clinical skills and gain valuable experience in primary healthcare. Candidates will need to have access to their own travel for this post. Please visit our departmental video, to see why you should work in Cornwall- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H53oq_XH_vY

Contact Name: Victoria Ling

Email: victorialing@nhs.net

Developed in 2021 this post is with the Royal Cornwall Hospital & PCN. The placement will give you a total of 6 months working at the Hospital in Truro and a total of 6 months working within the PCN. The department is a friendly and supportive and offers a comprehensive training experience through a rotational programme covering all aspects of hospital pharmacy. Within the PCN you will gain an insight into the role of the Practice Pharmacist, supporting GPs, nurses and other members of the practice team to promote safe and effective prescribing and use of medicines. Candidates will need to have access to their own travel for this post. Please visit our departmental video, to see why you should work in Cornwall- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H53oq_XH_vY

Contact Name: Victoria Ling

Email: victorialing@nhs.net

We are a friendly department in a busy 800 bed, teaching hospital. Our training programme is well established, and our trainees follow an individualised programme rotating through the major pharmacy services and various clinical specialities including: acute medicine, surgery, HfOP, ITU, neurology, cardiology, renal & cancer services. As an integrated care Trust, we also offer key experiences in our community services pharmacy team to deliver care direct to patient’s homes, local CCG and a community pharmacy placement. Our placement also includes time with Devon Partnership Trust to give you an insight into medicines optimisation within the mental health setting. Our programme is designed to help you to meet the GPhC learning outcomes & equip you with the practical skills required to work as a clinical pharmacist across a range of settings.

Contact Name: Jess Miller

Email: jessica.miller1@nhs.net

We are a friendly department in a busy 800 bed, teaching hospital with a well-established hospital training programme. In 2022/23 we are offering a cross sector programme with a 6 month placement at a local GP surgery. This is an exciting opportunity to experience the role of a practice pharmacist working alongside a pharmacy team well integrated within the surgery. At the RD&E the trainee will rotate through a modified version of our full hospital programme: the major pharmacy services & various clinical specialties (acute, medicine, surgery, HfOP, ITU, neurology, cardiology, renal & cancer services). Our programme is designed to help you meet the GPhC learning outcomes & equip you with the practical skills required to work as a clinical pharmacist across a range of settings.

Contact Name: Jess Miller

Email: jessica.miller1@nhs.net

Our comprehensive training programme offers Foundation pharmacists the opportunity to gain experience in all areas of hospital pharmacy. Trainees will spend time in procurement and stores, dispensary, outpatient services, medicines management, aseptics, medicines information and delivering clinical services on the wards. A range of clinical specialties are covered in the structured timetable including: acute medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, stroke, paediatrics, rheumatology, oncology, gastroenterology, surgery, orthopaedics and care of the elderly. A placement in community pharmacy is included as well as opportunities to observe clinics, shadow specialist nurses and attend MDT meetings. Our programme is designed to allow you to meet the GPhC Foundation programme competencies and prepare you for work as a pharmacist. For further information please contact the Pharmacy Training Team at ruh-tr.pharmacy-training@nhs.net.

Contact Name: Carie Martin

Email: carie.martin@nhs.net

This is an exciting opportunity to gain broad pharmacy experience across acute secondary care and mental health, with particular attention given to patient-focused clinical services. The programme builds on the well-established rotational programme offered by Royal United Hospitals Bath and the trainee will be working alongside two other trainees based at the hospital site. In addition to covering all aspects of hospital pharmacy over 10 months, successful candidates will also gain experience in mental health services including inpatient, community and forensic settings over a 2-month placement. With an increasing emphasis on the importance of mental health care within the NHS this is a unique opportunity to gain significant clinical experience in psychiatry during the Foundation year. For further information please contact the Pharmacy Training Team at ruh-tr.pharmacy-training@nhs.net.

Contact Name: Carie Martin

Email: carie.martin@nhs.net

Your placement will give you an exciting opportunity to work across secondary and primary care. The programme builds on the well-established rotational programme offered by Royal United Hospitals Bath and the trainee will be working alongside four other trainee pharmacists in Trust programs. In addition to covering most aspects of hospital pharmacy successful candidates will also gain significant experience of working in a GP practice in B&NES and part of a Primary Care Network. All GP practices in B&NES are part of a GP Federation that employs Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care so they will help support you too. With many opportunities to work across primary care and secondary care in the future this placement will give you an opportunity to test whether this option works for you. For further information please contact the Pharmacy Training Team at ruh-tr.pharmacy-training@nhs.net or visit the BEMS website at www.bems.uk.com

Contact Name: Carie Martin

Email: carie.martin@nhs.net

This is an exciting opportunity to gain broad pharmacy experience across both primary and secondary care, with particular attention given to patient-focused clinical services. The programme builds on the well-established rotational programme offered by Royal United Hospitals Bath and the trainee will be working alongside completing different experiences within the RUH and other split roles in the BSW CCG. In addition to covering most aspects of hospital pharmacy, successful candidates will also gain experience in commissioning care, formulary and budget management and work with clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries, care homes and community pharmacy. Trainees will gain well-rounded knowledge of the patient experience across the whole of the NHS, which will enable them to confidently work in either sector post qualification. For further information please contact the Pharmacy Training Team at ruh-tr.pharmacy-training@nhs.net.

Contact Name: Carie Martin

Email: carie.martin@nhs.net

Our extensive rotational programme is innovative, well-structured and diverse. It is strongly focussed on inter-professional learning facilitating clinical practitioner development within the wider healthcare team. The programme is delivered in a supportive and flexible learning environment with half a day of study each week. The essential core learning of the programme concentrates on developing clinical prioritisation and consultation skills. Rotations include MI, dispensary, general medicine, surgery, paediatrics, Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit, burns and plastics, critical care and Aseptics. Trainees will have an opportunity to spend time in other placements in their training year including in community pharmacy, CCG and our regional mental health Trust. We also offer a comprehensive GP split training programme for selected trainees. Regional training and local learning sets on core topics complements the programme.

Contact Name: Natasha Grover

Email: natasha.grover@nhs.net

We are very excited to offer a well-established integrated programme within one of our primary care networks in Wiltshire. The trainee will spend time with the Lead Practice Pharmacist, GP and the practice team. The six month comprehensive GP programme will allow the trainee an opportunity to develop skills in communication , consultation, medication reviews, medicine information and a range of basic clinical assessment skills essential to the role. The six month hospital programme focusses on developing the trainee’s core clinical skills and prioritisation of pharmaceutical issues. Rotations include MI, Dispensary, Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit, Burns and Plastics, Critical care, Mental health, Procurement and Aseptic services. Community placement and regional training on core topics complements the programme. Our programme will give the trainee a unique insight to cross sector working.

Contact Name: Natasha Grover

Email: natasha.grover@nhs.net

Based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, an acute district general hospital providing care and specialist services in Somerset. This is a well-developed rotational programme that covers many aspects of hospital pharmacy and provides opportunities to meet all of the GPhC learning outcomes. Clinical/ward pharmacy, inpatient and outpatient dispensing, cytotoxic services, clinical trials, procurement, distribution and medicines information are all areas the trainee will experience and gain competence in. It enables the trainee to develop their knowledge, skills and professional responsibility whilst being valued members of the pharmacy team. The trainee will also take part in the south west regional training events and have regular training sessions with pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. You will be fully supported throughout your year with both mentors and your tutor.

Contact Name: Kay Holmes

Email: kay.holmes@SomersetFt.nhs.uk

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust became the first Trust to join up hospital and community care with social care as an Integrated care organisation (ICO).Trainees will gain experience in a variety of sectors, such as, locality teams in the community, cross-sector placements with community pharmacies linked to GP surgeries and Medicines optimisation with the clinical commissioning group. There will be a unique opportunity to spend time in the Trusts pharmaceutical manufacturing unit -Torbay Pharmaceuticals. We also organise time with mental health pharmacy teams, part of Devon Partnership Trust. The pharmacy includes: dispensary, medicines information, aseptic services, dispatch and purchasing all of which trainees will experience throughout their year. The clinical pharmacy teams cover specialties such as cardiology, trauma and orthopaedic, respiratory, paediatrics, gastroenterology and oncology amongst others.

Contact Name: Elena Mercer

Email: elena.mercer@nhs.net

This integrated training programme will feature 6 months based at the Torbay hospital site, part of an Integrated care organisation (ICO) joining up hospital and community care with social care, and 6 months in General Practice. Within the ICO you will have opportunities to train within the dispensary, distribution, aseptic services, medicines information and clinical pharmacy teams. You will also gain experience within mental health from specialist pharmacy teams in Devon partnership Trust, the community locality pharmacy teams and will undertake a cross sector experience in a community pharmacy linked to General practice. Within General Practice you will be supervised by the Practice Pharmacist where you will gain experience in running long term condition clinics, carrying out clinical reviews of patients with multiple long-term conditions and carrying out polypharmacy reviews of patients based in primary care.

Contact Name: Elena Mercer

Email: elena.mercer@nhs.net

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest Trusts in the country, with many regional specialties & rated Outstanding by the CQC in 2016 & 2019. The Trust also has digital global exemplar status.  We have dedicated training teams & individual mentors to support you. Weekly tutorials, ward based learning & interactive workshops along with HEE South learning days have been designed to assist your development. Our rotational program covers all aspects of pharmacy practice & you will receive training & support from specialist pharmacists to provide you with the knowledge & skills to become the best pharmacist you can be. We are a friendly, vibrant & innovative department with a 100% success rate for candidates passing the registration assessment & high retention rate of trainees.

Contact Name: Jon Standing

Email: jon.standing@uhbw.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: jennifer.sparks@uhbw.nhs.uk

A forward thinking department which has had a full department refurbishment and has electronic prescribing throughout the Trust. Trainees follow a structured rotational programme covering all aspects of hospital pharmacy . There are rotations through all clinical specialties including Medical, Surgery, Care of Elderly, Critical Care, Paediatrics and Oncology. Trainees will become proficient in medicines management and emphasis is placed on gaining early ward exposure, under supervision from experienced pharmacists. There are placements in MI at the regional centre in Southampton, mental health, and community pharmacy. Students will be given support throughout the year with exam preparation sessions and regular tutor and Education and Training Lead Pharmacist meetings. We welcome prospective candidates to join our friendly team and shape our services going forward and many stay on to work in the department after their training year.

Contact Name: Ros Topple

Email: rosalind.topple@uhd.nhs.uk

This programme is a split post between University Hospital Dorest (Poole) and a local GP practice (Adam Practice). Trainees will spend 3 months at the GP practice which is split into two 6 week blocks. They will have the opportunity to gain experience in all areas of a GP practice pharmacists role. Trainees will be involved in practice based projects such as long term conditions, medicines management, home visits and the opportunity to undertake an audit. The rest of the year is based at the acute trust. Trainees will also have placements in mental health, regional MI and community pharmacy. There is a structured rotational programme through all clinical specialties. Trainees will become proficient in medicines management with emphasis on early ward experience and will be given support throughout the year with regular designated supervisor meetings and exam practice. Candidates should have access to their own transport for this post.

Contact Name: Lucy Sale

Email: lucy.sale@uhd.nhs.uk

This is a well-established rotational programme in all aspects of hospital pharmacy to enable the trainee to develop into a competent clinical pharmacist. The pharmacy department is a friendly and welcoming team and we pride ourselves on supporting trainees by providing an open learning environment. Mentoring is provided by experienced tutors who hold regular 1:1 sessions with their tutee. Trainees are also supported by our skilled and motivated team of pharmacists and technical staff. Particular attention and emphasis is given to ward based clinical services with training starting in the first weeks. The trainee will gain extensive experience in different clinical areas as well as rotations in Aseptic Manufacturing and Medicines Information. During the year each trainee is allocated study time dedicated to completing evidences, undertaking CPD and completing online learning. Regional training days will be provided by HEE South team.

Contact Name: Lucy Sale

Email: lucy.sale@uhd.nhs.uk

This is a split post between University Hospitals Dorest (Bournemouth) and General Practice. The hospital pharmacy is a friendly & welcoming team and we pride ourselves on supporting trainees by providing an open learning environment. Each trainee is given a dedicated experienced designated supervisor. Clinical training is delivered based on regional and national recommendations supported by an in-house objectives pack to support a varied rotational program. Trainees will spend 6 months at a local GP practice with experienced pharmacists. Supported by the local GP surgery pharmacist the placement will allow the trainee to gain in depth experience of all aspects of this exciting role. Trainees have the opportunity to be involved in practice-based projects and support meds optimisation for the local community. Regional training days will be provided by HEE South. Candidates should have access to their own transport for this post.

Contact Name: Lucy Sale

Email: lucy.sale@uhd.nhs.uk

This integrated post allows the trainee to experience our well-developed hospital programme in addition to two external placements. RBCH pharmacy is a friendly and welcoming team and we pride ourselves on supporting trainees by providing an open learning environment. Each trainee is given a dedicated experienced tutor with regular 1:1 meetings. Clinical training is delivered based on regional and national recommendations supported by an in-house objectives pack to support a varied rotational program. The trainee will gain extensive clinical experience and have the opportunity to shadow and learn from our specialist pharmacists and technical staff. The external rotations are with Dorset CCG (4 weeks) and Dorset Healthcare (8 weeks) which is our local mental health and community Trust. Regional training days will be provided by HEE South team. This post requires the applicant to have a valid driving licence & access to a car

Contact Name: Lucy Sale

Email: lucy.sale@uhd.nhs.uk

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is a specialist teaching hospital providing comprehensive secondary and tertiary healthcare. Our geography gives us a secondary care catchment population of 450,000 with a wider peninsula population of almost 2,000,000 people who can access our services. The pharmacy department has some 140 staff including over 30 pharmacists. This 12-month rotational program includes a 2-week community placement. You will work with ward-based teams delivering meds optimisation and clinical services to mental health wards and community hospitals. The programme includes aseptic & cytotoxic services, clinical trials and medicines information. Optional short placements can be made in a GP practice or community pharmacy to gain insight to primary care services. Trainees will benefit from individual tutors, regular training sessions with pharmacists & pharmacy technicians, and regional training events run by HEE South.

Contact Name: Anthony Sinclair

Email: anthony.sinclair3@nhs.net

Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust is a small acute Trust with a well-established training programme. Trainees follow an individualised programme rotating through the major pharmacy services and a number of clinical specialities including: acute medicine, surgery, neurology, cardiology, paediatrics, emergency admissions and cross sector placement in community pharmacy. The Trust provides services across a wide rural area and is responsible for the supply of medication to a number of community hospitals, mental health units and hospices. Trainees will benefit from individual tutors and will participate in regional training events provided by PWDS/HEE South Pharmacy which has an above national pre-registration pass rate.

Contact Name: Jodie Hine

Email: jodie.hine@ydh.nhs.uk

Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust is a small acute trust with a well-established training programme. Trainees follow an individualised programme rotating through major pharmacy services & clinical specialities including acute medicine, surgery, neurology, cardiology, paediatrics and emergency admissions. The Trust provides services across a wide rural area & is responsible for the supply of medication to a number of community hospitals, mental health units&hospices. This is a joint placement with Symphony Healthcare Services, an integrated care team working in primary care. Trainees will spend 9 months in the hospital setting and 3 months providing a meds optimisation service to South Petherton and Martock Surgeries. Trainees will benefit from designated supervisors in each sector & will participate in regional training events provided by PWDS/HEE pharmacy which has an above national registration assessment pass rate.

Contact Name: Jodie Hine

Email: jodie.hine@ydh.nhs.uk

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about this Programme

For some of the placements a car is preferable as public transport is not as frequent as in rural areas. Each Oriel entry has the postcode for the placement(s) so these can be easily found on an online map.
According to the Oriel terms and conditions for employers all trainee pharmacists will be provided with dedicated time each week for development e.g study day, intra- and interprofessional development, shadowing and reflection. For more information on this please see the HEE LASE Oriel recruitment page - https://www.lasepharmacy.hee.nhs.uk/national-recruitment/ . For individual site information contact the site employer, contact information can be found on Oriel.
All hospital, hospital split placements and community/GP placements are available through Oriel - https://www.oriel.nhs.uk/Web/Home. For more information of the Oriel process please see the HEE LASE Student zone - https://www.lasepharmacy.hee.nhs.uk/national-recruitment/student-zone/
All the information on upcoming summer placements in the South area see the PWDS Summer placement webpage - https://pwds.nhs.uk/programme/pharmacy-student-summer-placements/
Normally you are assigned your DS(s) when you start your training year. You may have more than one DS if you have more than 13 weeks in any pharmacy practice setting.
All your training is provided by Health Education England, it is expected that you attend all training provided.
It is normally possible to arrange additional and complementary training experiences. Speak as soon as possible with your DS to see how this can fit into your timetable and learning needs.

General Questions

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Contact

Programme Directors

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Email: pwds@uhbw.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0117 342 6677

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Enrolment

Step One

Oriel

All foundation trainee pharmacists must apply for placements via ORIEL