Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Contact Details for Recruitment

 Name  Email  Address  Phone

 Anne Edwards

Education & Training         Pharmacist 

 Pharmacy Department,

  Level 1,

 Great Western Hospital,

 Marlborough Road,


 SN3 6BB

 01793 604  629

 Sarah Sammon

Workforce Development Lead  Technician

 Louise Moorhouse,

Medicines Information  Pharmacist & Pre-registration  Pharmacist Tutor

 01793  605  029

 Denise Reeves

Clinical services  Pharmacist & Pre-registration Pharmacist Tutor

 01793  605  030

 Monika Roher

Lead Unplanned Care  Pharmacist & Pre- registration  Pharmacist Tutor


Trust Information

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, and other health services at various other locations.

At the Great Western Hospital we have all of the facilities you would expect to find in a busy general hospital including an Emergency Department, Delivery Suite, outpatient clinics and 21 inpatient wards. Inpatient wards include specialties in oncology and haematology, respiratory medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, surgery, care of the elderly as well as intensive care and paediatric medicine. On site there is a dedicated treatment centre for elective surgery, an inpatient adult mental health unit and two intermediate care wards. There are approximately 450 beds in the hospital and an additional 80 beds in community hospitals.


Pharmacy Department Information


Our pharmacy department has around 100 members of staff including 45 pharmacists and 25 medicines management technicians. We have Electronic Prescribing across the Trust with the vast majority of wards now using electronic medication administration charts. We provide a comprehensive range of services including supply of medicines from our busy dispensary, medicines information, technical services and a comprehensive ward-based clinical pharmacy service.


Local Training Programme Information

Sample Programme

You will have a full and varied timetable throughout your year at the Great Western Hospital. You will rotate through a number of different areas including dispensary, where you will become a competent dispenser and checker, technical services, where you will gain an understanding of how chemotherapy and parenteral nutrition are prepared, and medicines information, where you will get the opportunity to answer medicines-related queries from healthcare professionals and members of the public. You will spend the first half of the year becoming competent in medicines reconciliation before you are provided with your own ward to manage under the supervision of your tutor towards the latter part of the year. You will have monthly clinical training sessions (which will include case studies and exam preparation) with our Education and Training Lead Pharmacist as well as the opportunity to meet with your mentor on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Our training programme is coordinated with other hospitals in the Southwest region through PWDS (Pharmacy Workforce Development South), and you will attend a series of training courses and Local Learning Sets (LLS) with other pre-registration pharmacists in the region.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in various other placements throughout the year, including a ‘cross sector swap’ in a local community pharmacy, CCG-sector working, community hospital and hospice visits.

Once you have completed your pre-registration year and have qualified as a pharmacist, there may be the opportunity to stay with us as a Band 6 pharmacist and complete the post-graduate clinical diploma.


Other Information (location, transport links)


The Great Western Hospital is located within a short distance of Swindon, next to junction 15 of the M4 and is easily accessible from Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Reading. A regular bus service runs between Swindon railway station and the hospital. The hospital is also linked to the Swindon cycle path network.


Social & Recreational

Swindon is nestled in the foothills of the Marlborough downs with plenty of opportunity to escape into the beautiful countryside. Swindon is a vibrant town which provides excellent recreational facilities including a fantastic shopping centre and numerous cinemas, theatres, music venues and restaurants as well as being very close to the Cotswold Waterpark. It is within easy reach of London, Bristol, Bath, the Cotswolds and the historic sites of Wiltshire, with excellent road and rail links. The hospital has many staff facilities including Costa coffee, restaurants selling hot and cold food, a well-stocked shop and on-site child care facilities.