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North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (Hinchingbrooke Hospital)

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Foundation training
We offer 2 placements

Our trainee pharmacists are seen as integral members of the team and are supported by highly skilled foundation training tutors throughout the year

As a trainee pharmacist you will:

•    work alongside experienced pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and be given ample opportunities to apply your knowledge in practice
•    follow a comprehensive rotational programme timetable that provides a solid grounding in all aspects of hospital pharmacy practice but is focused on clinical pharmacy training. Rotations include:
•     A range of clinical wards
•    Medicines Information
•     Clinical Trials
•    Dispensary
•    Chemotherapy and Parenteral Nutrition
•    undertake cross sector placement in:
•     Community pharmacy: 2 weeks
•    participate in in-house seminars and teaching sessions designed to enhance learning

We hope you will join our friendly, hard working team and choose to work in a fast-paced yet welcoming environment.

Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact: Alyson Winter (

Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department

With a staff of over 50 people, we are a core part of the hospital structure and an integral part of the ward and clinical teams.  Our department covers different specialities:

Dispensary, Clinical Services, Stores and Purchasing, Home care, Clinical Trials, Infection Management, Audit, Cancer and Parenteral Nutrition Services.

Clinical Service - Pharmacy provides a clinical service (pharmacists and checking technicians) to the inpatient wards that incorporates medicines reconciliation/review, transcribing for discharge, ward based discharge dispensing and patient counselling.  We work closely with doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals as part of the multi-disciplinary team to provide the best possible care for our patients. They provide advice on dosing in impaired renal and liver function, unlicensed use of medicines and on interactions, to ensure safe and effective prescribing according to local and national standards.  Pharmacy is an integral part of the ward team and our main focus is on achieving the “80% Patient Facing Target” set by the Carter report.

Dispensary – The automated dispensary provides medication to all areas of the trust and to an external hospice. The dispensary is a busy, friendly area of the Pharmacy department dispensing a wide range of medication covering a variety of specialities.
Cancer and Parenteral Nutrition Service – This department works closely with colleagues at Peterborough to purchase and prepare chemotherapy for our Oncology/Haematology day unit, dispense Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) and supplies other high risk medication to the hospital. The staff work closely with the day unit, to co-ordinate the accuracy of the electronic chemotherapy prescriptions.

About the Hospital

In April 2017 Hinchingbrooke Hospital joined forces with colleagues at Peterborough and Stamford to form the new North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.  We are a district general hospital providing health care for the people of Huntingdonshire and surrounding areas. We opened in 1983, although some departments moved on site from the Huntingdon County Hospital several years before.  We provide a wide range of specialities working in conjunction with our colleagues at Peterborough.

We have 304 beds, plus the Mulberry Suite - available for private patients.  Adjacent to the site is a 23-bed Treatment Centre, a £22 million unit that opened in 2005.

Core values:

The hospital prides itself on the following values, putting patients first, we are caring and compassionate, we work positively together, we are actively respectful and we seek to improve and develop


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Work Experience

Joint recruitment with Cambridge University Hospitals and Peterborough City Hospital.

  • Are vacation placements offered? No
  • How many Placements? N/A
  • Length of each placement? N/A
  • Dates: N/A
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: N/A


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