Pharmacy Department, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2JY
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Dorset County Hospital was established in 1991 as part of a long–term project to bring together all the local services for acutely ill patients onto one hospital site. Our hospital, just outside Dorchester town centre, was completed in 1997. We were awarded Foundation Trust status in June 2007.
Our busy, modern hospital provides a full range of district general services, including an accident and emergency department, and links with satellite units in five community hospitals.
We are the main provider of acute hospital services to a population of around 250,000, living within Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. We also provide renal services for patients throughout Dorset and South Somerset; a total population of 850,000.
Our 3,000 staff work in GP surgeries, schools, residential homes and people’s own homes as well as Dorset County Hospital and the community hospitals.
Dorset County Hospital has approximately 400 beds, seven main theatres and two day theatres, and has been designed with a major commitment to Public Arts in Hospital. Related services are grouped into three connected wings: North, South and East.
The Trust’s vision is to deliver compassionate and safe healthcare. Our aim is to co-ordinate the services patients receive to get the best results for them. This involves providing services and care in the community to minimise the need for admission to hospital. It also means ensuring patients who have to come into hospital are fully supported to return home in a timely way and continue their treatment in the community if appropriate.
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Pharmacy Department Information
The Pharmacy at Dorset County Hospital provides a comprehensive pharmaceutical service. The Pharmacy is a bright, modern, purpose built department which utilises the latest information technology and pneumatic tube distribution system. It has a staff of around 70 people, including pharmacists, technicians, trainees, storekeeper, assistants, pre–registration pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, and our admin team. They work together as a team to provide all the pharmacy services needed by a busy district general hospital with all the normal medical and surgical specialties.
We are located on Level 0 of the South wing of the hospital near the Discharge Lounge and the hydrotherapy pool. Use entrance South 2. There are lifts to all levels close by.
Services we provide:
•Dispensing of inpatient and outpatient hospital prescriptions
•Preparation of cancer chemotherapy and other sterile preparations
•Procurement and supply of all dietetic and medicinal products
•Provision of medicines information for patients and hospital staff
•Education and training for medical and nursing staff
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Local Training Information
The pre-registration program is comprehensive and well-structured, allowing time to develop an understanding of all aspects of pharmaceutical care, with particular emphasis on clinical skills. The year is structured towards students taking responsibility for their own ward, under supervision. We aim to create a well-rounded hospital pharmacy experience, ensuring that our students are well prepared for qualifying and working as a band 6 pharmacist. This is reflected in our excellent first time pass rates.
We offer four pre-registration places which are run as 2 separate posts, as detailed below. Please note that these are advertised, and should be applied for separately, on ORIEL. To ensure that the successful applicant is able to gain the most from their year with us, a full drivers licence and access to a vehicle is necessary for the Integrated Placement.
Post 1 (3 vacancies): Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 1 – Acute Trust (12 months)
Dorset County Hospital provides a friendly and supportive environment for completion of the pre-registration year. Trainees
will receive training and gain accreditations in dispensing and checking accuracy, and medicines reconciliation. The local pre-registration 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.
Rotating between our different clinical specialties with the support of our dedicated pharmacy team, allows students to develop medicines reconciliation skills and a sound clinical knowledge base. The year is structured towards students taking responsibility for their own ward, under supervision.
Medicines Information (MI)
Spending time with our experienced MI pharmacist allows development of analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as knowledge of different pharmaceutical resources used to answer complex medication queries.
Students are trained in the aseptic preparation of cytotoxics, quality assurance, clinical trials and total parenteral nutrition. The rotation allows experience of clinical oncology through provision of pharmaceutical care to our oncology unit and hospice.
Cross sector placement
2 weeks spent working in a community pharmacy allows exposure to major aspects of this role.
Specialist pharmacy services
Time is allowed for students to experience working with some of our specialist pharmacists. For example, in the regional dialysis unit and on the renal ward with our independent prescriber, or experience within our pharmacist-led HIV clinic.
We understand the importance of multi-disciplinary working and so the opportunity to attend consultant led ward rounds (e.g. in diabetes), attend multi-disciplinary team meetings (e.g. acute hospital at home team) and arrange sessions with other healthcare professionals (e.g. Parkinson’s nurse) is provided within the year.
Mentoring is provided by an experienced tutor who will hold regular 1:1 sessions with their tutee. Trainees are also supported by our skilled and motivated team of pharmacists and technical staff. Regular in-house training sessions are provided to trainees and complemented by a regional programme run by Pharmacy Workforce Development South (PWDS) and Health Education England (HEE). the regional programme involves monthly Local Learning Sets (LLSs), OSCEs and residential courses.
Post 2 (1 vacancy): Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 2 – Integrated Placement: Acute Trust (9 months), Mental Health, Community Hospitals and CCG (3 months). Partner with Dorset University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.
Dorset County Hospital provides a friendly & supportive environment for completion of the pre-registration year. Students will receive training and accreditation in dispensing and accuracy checking, and medicines reconciliation. You will spend 9 months rotating in all aspects of hospital pharmacy, with particular emphasis on clinical skills. 3 months are divided between Dorset CCG, mental health and community services, and community pharmacy. You will be required to travel across Dorset to these placements and so a car would be required. This allows students to work within multi-disciplinary teams in community and mental health hospitals, GP surgeries and within the community offering domiciliary visits to patients. This offers students a broader depth of pharmacy knowledge and experience across different pharmacy disciplines, opening up greater potential job prospects.
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Four weeks are spent working alongside CCG pharmacists, observing their work at different GP surgeries, including pharmacist prescribers running long-term condition clinics. Students will also shadow GPs and specialist nurses to gain insight into their practice.
Four weeks are spent within St Ann’s hospital, shadowing experienced pharmacists undertaking ward rounds. Opportunities to work within the wider multi-disciplinary (MDT) team are provided by time spent with community services and the crisis team, observing ECT and attending MDT meetings. An understanding of clozapine prescription and supply is gained via dispensary experience.
A further opportunity for community care provision and multi-disciplinary working are provided by four weeks spent shadowing pharmacists within community hospitals, working with the Community Medicines Optimisation Team and community oncology team.
Two weeks spent working in a community pharmacy allows exposure to major aspects of this role.
Core Hospital Experience
70% of the year is spent working within the acute Trust at DCHFT where the student will gain a broad depth of experience of all areas of hospital pharmacy, as detailed with post 1.
Mentoring is provided by an experienced tutor who will hold regular 1:1 sessions with their tutee. Daily support and training is supported by a skilled and motivated pharmacy team across all training sites. Regular in-house training sessions are provided to trainees and complemented by a regional programme run by Pharmacy Workforce Development South (PWDS) and Health Education England (HEE). the regional programme involves monthly Local Learning Sets (LLSs), OSCEs and residential courses.
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Information about the local area
Dorset County Hospital is located in Dorchester, a 10 minute walk from the town centre. There are direct rail links to London, Bristol, Bath and the South West. The closest seaside resort of Weymouth is located only a 10-minute train ride away.
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, England. In the 2011 census the population of Dorchester was 19,060. It is situated between the towns of Poole and Bridport on the A35 trunk route. A historic market town, Dorchester lies on the banks of the River Frome, in the Frome Valley, just south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway, that separates the area from Weymouth, 7 miles (11 km) south.
Dorchester was the home and inspiration of the author Thomas Hardy, whose novel The Mayor of Casterbridge was based on the town.
Dorset is a magical place for all lovers of the outdoors, visitors can walk in the peaceful hills, visit the untouched beaches or sail in the waters that hosted the 2012 Olympics. Dorset is also home to the world heritage site of Durdle Door and the large natural harbour in Poole, which houses the Wildlife sanctuary on Brownsea island.
In fact, over half the County is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. So the chances are, you’ll either be living in an officially designated area of natural beauty, or you’ll be very close by to one. It is a rural county boasting both beautiful countryside and the fantastic Jurassic coastline.
Beaches and harbors
Dorset has nearly 100 miles of coastline with award-winning, golden sandy beaches at Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Christchurch, Swanage and Weymouth. Dorset offers a great variety of water sports, from kite surfing to paddle boarding. And if you’re looking to get your heart racing, you could always try high speed RIB rides, rock climbing, coasteering, or even the zip wire that runs off the end of Bournemouth Pier!
Historic market towns
The historic market towns of Dorchester, Weymouth and Lyme Regis are bursting with places to eat, drink and shop, combining historic architecture with contemporary art and culture, as well as that unique blend of special Dorset charm. Dorchester itself has an abundance of bars and restaurants, and the newly built Brewery square offers a great place for socialising and shopping.
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Due to the large scale of the county, and the different locations of placements involved in the integrated pre-registration program, it is essential that applicants must have both a full, valid UK driving licence and access to a vehicle, at the point of applying for this post.
Hospital accommodation is available if needed.