On satisfactory completion of the four-year MPharm degree, graduates enter into the pre-registration year. This year and a registration assessment must be successfully completed in order to register as a pharmacist. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust currently offers 7 pre-registration pharmacist places each year.
About the Trust
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest Hospital Trusts in England. Our organisation includes Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, Solihull Hospital and Community Services and Birmingham Chest Clinic, giving a total of 1,200 beds. We also run a number of smaller satellite units enabling people to be treated as close to home as possible.We serve a diverse range of communities within Birmingham East and North, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and South Staffordshire; everywhere from Tamworth through to Meriden and Bordesley Green East. Every year we see and treat more than 1.2 million people.
HEFT in numbers
The Trust is a world leader in tackling MRSA and specialises in treating patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses including heart and kidney disease, cancer, HIV and AIDS, as well as respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis. We also have expertise in premature baby care, bone marrow transplants and thoracic surgery.Through MIDRU (Medical Innovation Development Research Unit) we are committed to accelerating research and innovation, identifying fresh thinking, and creating the space for innovation and research ambassadors to power forward service improvement within the Trust and beyond.
The Pharmacy Department
The pharmacy team across the three sites is 250+-strong (including over 70 pharmacists), with a friendly, supportive culture and is a dynamic growing part of the Trust offering a wide variety of services, activities and roles. Our focus, as with the Trust, is on patient safety and the pharmacy vision for the Trust is the evidence-based, safe and cost-effective use of medicines.
In addition to providing a clinical service to a wide variety of wards and clinics including neonates and paediatrics, cancer services, respiratory, critical care, HIV, diabetes, cardiology and general medicine and surgery specialties, we also provide a medicines information service, aseptic reconstitution and support the electronic prescribing and medication administration (EPMA) system which has been rolled out across 3 sites. LEAN service redesign over recent years has also seen the introduction of dispensing robots, automated controlled drug storage and records and outsourced outpatient dispensing.
The Training Programme
Our training programme offers a structured and varied training year with a high level of support from individual tutors and clinical pharmacists with a strong emphasis on clinical pharmacy. The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust offers seven pre-registration positions across the three sites (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital). The year is split into two 6-month periods each based on a different site to offer the trainees experience in a variety of clinical areas including cardiology, surgery, critical care, neonates and paediatrics, endocrinology, infectious diseases, haematology and acute medicine to name but a few.
Included in the training plan are placements in medicines information, cancer services and clinical trials, a week with the local mental health trust and a two-week cross-sector placement with a community pharmacy. Training will also include in-house tutorials and clinical pharmacy with ward rounds and project work. Other experiences available to trainees include visiting nurse and pharmacist-led clinics and cardiac rehabilitation.
Each trainee will be assigned their own tutor in a joint-tutoring arrangement, who will actively work with the tutee whilst on the site, helping them to successfully complete the year.
To further supplement the base training, there are also regular regional study days throughout the year, organised by Keele University. Resources such as study day materials, calculations questions and useful links are shared across the region using a virtual learning environment. The study days also provide the pre-registration trainee with the opportunity to network with other trainees across the West Midlands.
The region consistently achieves a pre-registration pass rate that exceeds the national average.
Interested in joining us?
If you would like more information then please email Gaenor Feelie, Pre-registration Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment 2017
A new centralised recruitment and selection process for pre-registration pharmacist posts in England and Wales will be introduced from summer 2017. This process will utilise the Oriel IT system which is already used to support the recruitment of dentists, doctors and healthcare scientists. It is expected that all hospital and the majority of community pre-registration pharmacist posts across England and Wales will be recruited to via this process.
Through the Oriel IT system, only one application will be required in order for an individual to apply for all of the posts advertised and applicants will be able to state their preference for both hospital and community posts.
Further information may be found here.
For further information about the GPhC preregistration year, you can have a look at the GPhC website