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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 pre-reg tutors throughout the year. In addition we have a foundation training Pharmacist Manager who oversees the training and can provide support where necessary to tutors and trainees.
In addition to the two 12-month placements we also have a University of East Anglia Integrated Mpharm student on foundation training placement with us; these students are completing their foundation training year as part of their degree course and will either be in Year 4 or Year 5 of their degree.

As a trainee pharmacist you will:

•    Have your own foundation training tutor

•    Have regular meetings with your tutor to discuss progress and review your electronic evidence portfolio

•    Work alongside experienced pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, assistant technical officers and other members of the pharmacy team, and be given ample opportunities to apply your knowledge in practice

•    Follow a comprehensive rotational programme that provides a solid grounding in all aspects of hospital pharmacy practice in preparation for your first Band 6 post. Rotations include:
o    A range of clinical wards and specialties
o    Aseptic and non-aseptic dispensing
o    Dispensary
o    Clinical trials
o    Ordering and Distribution

•    Undertake placements:
o    Community Pharmacy (2-3 weeks)
o    Medicines Information (1 week)
o    Mental Health (1 week)
o    Specialist Nursing Services throughout the trust (1-2 weeks)

•    Build your clinical knowledge and skills throughout the year by starting off with an hour each day in clinical, gradually increasing to the point where you are seeing all the patients on one ward by the end of your year.

•    Participate in CPPE Optimise sessions, JPUH Learning at Lunch sessions, Pharmacist meetings etc.

•    Take part in the UEA Residential Study Programme preparing you for the foundation training exam and your first Band 6 pharmacist post.

•    Participate in the weekend and bank holiday rotas


Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact:

Kalvin Scott

Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department

The Pharmacy department employs approximately 70 staff to provide supply, clinical and aseptic services to wards and departments within the hospital and also to external healthcare providers under service level agreements.

Clinical service – recent investment in pharmacist staffing will mean that by summer 2017 our clinical pharmacy service will cover all in-patient areas of the hospital Monday to Friday, with our Admissions unit receiving a weekend service in addition. Working closely with nursing and medical staff our team of Clinical Pharmacists and Medicines Management Pharmacy Technicians work to ensure patients get the best out of their medicines during their hospital stay. The pharmacy team ensure patient’s medications are reconciled on admission, optimised during their in-patient stay, and clinically validate the discharge summary at discharge. We have a number of Pharmacist Independent Prescribers who use their qualifications to benefit patient care. We are looking to expand our clinical pharmacy service in the near future to cover areas such as pre-assessment clinics and A&E.

Dispensary – The dispensary is a very busy area of the pharmacy department, dispensing medications for in-patients, out-patients, discharge and for external hospitals. The department has an automated dispensing robot and is undergoing a modernisation refit during the summer of 2017.

Aseptic and Non-Aseptic Dispensing Unit – we have up to date aseptic facilities for the preparation of chemotherapy, monoclonal antibody therapies and total parenteral nutrition. We have an Oncology specialist pharmacist, and a Haematology specialist pharmacist, both of whom work very closely with clinicians and patients in their specialist areas.

Education and Training Opportunities - Regular CPPE Optimise sessions are held during lunchtimes which foundation trainees are encouraged to attend. We also hold fortnightly learning at lunch sessions where all of our pharmacists and foundation training pharmacists present on interesting cases, diseases, drugs etc. In addition there is a weekly pharmacists meeting that the foundation training pharmacists also attend where clinical and operational matters are discussed. Regular drug lunches are also held in the department and are an opportunity to learn about some of the newer therapies available.

Ordering and Distribution – order and receive all deliveries and supply medications to our hospital wards and clinics, and external providers. The stores team provide a top-up service to our wards to ensure patients have access to medications at the right time.


About the Hospital


The James Paget Hospital is a vibrant university hospital providing the best possible care to a population of 230,000 residents across Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Waveney, as well as to the many visitors who come to this part of East Anglia.

Ensuring our patients are central to everything we do is our priority. Our vision is to be an innovative organisation delivering compassionate and safe patient care through a well-led and motivated workforce.

The Trust provides a full range of general acute services plus a number of specialised services including a hyperbaric chamber.

The Trust has just under 500 in-patient beds; these are a mix of critical, intensive and high dependency care, general surgery and medicine, maternity, paediatrics and neonatal, and escalation beds used when we are experiencing high demand.

We employ over 3000 staff making us the largest employer in the area. Our staff act as ambassadors for the Trust and are guided by four key values which underpin all of the work we do. These are to put patients first; aim to get it right; recognise that everybody counts; and do everything open and honestly.

We pride ourselves in our continuing commitment to modernising and improving patient care. As a University Hospital, the Trust trains over one third of the medical students from the University of East Anglia and has a strong national reputation for research and excellence in the quality of training facilities.

The hospital is located in Gorleston, a seaside town part way between Lowestoft in Suffolk and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. The wide, sandy beach of Gorleston is a 10 minute walk from the hospital and is easily reachable in lunchtimes or after work. Our local city is Norwich which is full of shops and other entertainment. Public transport links to London are good with trains via Norwich, and Norwich has an international airport. The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are just a short drive away.

Accommodation is available on site for foundation training pharmacists who may require it; alternatively there is plenty of rented accommodation available locally.

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Work Experience

Trust name: James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Site: James Paget Hospital

  • Are vacation placements offered? YES
  • How many placements? 4-6
  • Length of each placement: One to Two weeks
  • Dates: June to September
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: No - Will accept applications from year 1, 2 and 3 MPharm students

Contact details: Kalvin Scott

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