Contact Details for Recruitment
Cheltenham General Hospital
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Great Western road
Website for Trust
Integrated programme split between the Trust and the Aspen Medical Centre
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country and provides high quality acute elective and specialist care for a population of more than 612,000 people. With 960 beds, over 125,000 emergency attendances and nearly 800,000 outpatient appointments each year, we provide high quality acute elective and specialist services under our vision of ‘Best Care For Everyone’. GHNHSFT offers two training sites located at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) and Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH). Our hospitals are district general hospitals with a great tradition of providing high quality hospital services; some specialist departments are concentrated at either Cheltenham General (oncology and vascular surgery) or Gloucestershire Royal hospital (renal and stroke medicine and paediatrics).
Pharmacy Department Information
The pharmacy department of GHNHSFT has approximately 150 staff between the two sites.
The two sites provide dispensary services to inpatients and outpatients, medicines information, procurement services and a full clinical service to wards. Aseptic and manufacturing services are centralised at CGH. The Trust’s value of delivering the best care for everyone is supporting by Pharmacy being at the forefront of many exciting new projects including a ground breaking scheme for “unplanned care” and award winning service provided by pharmacist prescribers in orthopaedic pre-admission clinic.
All pre-registration applications will be for both departments.
Local Training Programme Information
You will spend time in the dispensary learning how to dispense a range of prescriptions from out-patients to clinical trials. Whilst in the dispensary you will undertake dispensing accuracy, clinical checking and checking accuracy.
Rotation through a large manufacturing unit making both licenced and unlicensed cytotoxics and other aseptic products.
Medicines information (MI)
You’ll rotate through the MI department, undertaking training with our experienced MI staff and developing your skills at answering increasingly complex medicines related enquires, essential skills for all pharmacists.
Clinical training will be throughout the pre-registration year, initially starting with undertaking medicines reconciliation with MMTs, then shadowing pharmacists on a range of medical, surgical and oncology wards, culminating in having your own ward of patients.
You are encouraged to take the opportunity to arrange to spend time learning from other healthcare professionals. This includes attending tutorials provided to medical students at the Gloucestershire Clinical Academy.
Cross sector placement
You’ll spend two weeks at a local community pharmacy as part of your pre-registration year.
Local training and support
You’ll have regular meetings with your assigned tutor as well as tutorials from specialist pharmacists covering OSCE preparation and a range of clinical topics.
Training courses provided regionally by Pharmacy Workforce Development South, see website for further details
You may be able to have a GP placement as part of your pre-registration year.
Information for integrated pre-registration place
Aspen Medical Centre
The Aspen Centre in the largest GP practice in Gloucestershire, providing care to 30,000 patients from a multi-disciplinary team of GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists and therapy team.
See below links for example pre-reg timetables
Nestled between the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire is a highly desirable place to live and work. Our catchment area offers a wealth of living environments, whether you enjoy the hustle and bustle of large towns or the tranquillity of picturesque Cotswold villages. There are opportunities for recreation including horse racing, Gloucester Rugby and our multiple Cheltenham Town festivals (Jazz, Science, Literature, Food and Music festivals to name some). Excellent shopping and superb housing make it an ideal place to live and work.
Easily accessible from the M5, Cheltenham and Gloucester lie just over an hour away from Bristol and Birmingham and under two hours away from London. There are excellent transport links by rail and road to the towns. As well as easy access to international airports: Birmingham (45 minutes), Bristol (1hour) and Heathrow (1.5 hours).
GHNHSFT works in partnership with Spectrum Housing Group to provide affordable and quality accommodation situated within easy reach of both Hospitals. The accommodation at both Cheltenham and Gloucester is within a short distance of local shops, restaurants and parks; the Trust also offers flexibility by offering a free bus service (99) which operates between both hospital sites. See below link for costs and further information.
Social & Recreational
We want our Trust to be more than just a workplace and we encourage our staff to come together to stage events and activities to help build a sense of staff community. We have a very successful staff choir who perform regularly across the County. We also hold regular, fun competitions such as ‘Artworks’ and the ‘Tremendous Trust Bake Off’. Staff can also join in five a side football, cinema trips and other events hosted by our Staff Benefits group. The departments are welcoming and staff regularly meet socially outside of the work, past events include pub quiz nights, cinema visits and a rounders tournament.