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Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust

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Pre-registration training

We offer 2 pre-registration trainee pharmacist placements
Both placements are full 12 month placements and trainees follow a diverse rotational programme, offering exposure to the range of services provided by EPUT and our Acute Trust colleagues at Basildon, Mid Essex (Broomfield) and Southend. Rotations include:

•    Dispensary
•    Medicines Management
•    Medicines Information
•    Inpatient mental health (adult, older adult, mother and baby, psychiatric intensive care)
•    Community mental health (home treatment, learning disabilities)
•    Community health services
•    Acute Trust
•    Community Pharmacy

Unique to EPUT, our trainees have a clinical rather than solely dispensary base for their training, with emphasis given to providing a patient-facing experience and developing clinical pharmacy skills. Initially trainees work under close supervision but throughout the year are afforded more independence in which to learn and practice their skills.

Each trainee has a personal pre-registration tutor who will work clsoely with them throughout the year to guide their development and assess progress. At EPUT, our aim is to train you to become the best pharmacist you can be!

Our trainees complete a monthly tutorial programme alongside other trainees at the neighbouring Acute Trusts in addition to the excellent regional residential training programme delivered by the University of East Anglia.

Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact:

James Dattani ( 07794045546

David Heath ( 07507188930

Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department

The EPUT Pharmacy department currently operates two main dispensaries serving the entirety of the Trust. These are based in Chelmsford and Rochford. There is also a satellite dispensary at Basildon mental health unit serving the assessment unit. Our staff are based at either a dispensary or clinical base. The pharmacy department is well recognised and valued across the organisation for delivering a range of services including:

•    Dispensary
o    Medicines supply
o    Essex-wide immunisation service
o    Clinical trials
•    Clinical
o    Ward-based clinical pharmacy services
o    Medicines information
o    Patient medicines education groups
o    Support for patients in the community

There is a strong culture of continuing education and development throughout the department.


About the Hospital

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) provide community health, mental health and learning disability services to a population of approximately 2.5 million people throughout Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Luton.

Our pre-registration training is based in Essex with sites including Harlow, Epping, Chelmsford, Colchester and Clacton in North Essex and Basildon, Rochford, Southend and Thurrock in South Essex.

Our vision and values:

Our organisation vision is: working to improve lives.

The vision is backed up by the values we operate under:
•    Open
•    Empowering
•    Compassionate



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Work Experience

Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust

Site: As above

  • Are vacation placements offered? YES
  • How many placements? 4 placements
  • Length of each placement: Two weeks
  • Dates: Flexible but ideally July and August
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: No but preference may be given to third year MPharm students

Contact details: James Dattani ; Rebecca Buckley ; David Heath

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All band 6 pharmacist posts at this hospital are advertised on:


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