Contact Details for Recruitment
Education & Training Pharmacist
Level 0, Gate 11
|0117 414 2249|
Senior Technicians (Training Team)
North Bristol NHS Trust is the largest hospital trust in the South West of England, providing hospital and community healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset and is one of the largest Trusts in the UK.
We provide award-winning services and receive a significant number of referrals from other hospital trusts. We treat 300,000 patients a year, including more than 6,000 births. Our intent is that each patient is treated with respect and dignity and, most important of all, as a person. We aim to provide ‘Exceptional healthcare, personally delivered’ by providing services of exemplary quality, ensuring no unnecessary waits or delays, providing care in high quality facilities and having well trained and caring staff.
Our new state of the art 769 bedded acute hospital (The Brunel Building) comprises of features such as 75% single rooms with ensuite facilities and a specialised emergency zone with 64 admissions beds.
North Bristol Trust has a number of specialist services including, South West regional major trauma centre, HIV, neonatology, renal medicine and transplantation, urology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, haematology, burns and plastics.
Pharmacy Department Information
NBT Pharmacy is a large department with nearly 200 employees. The Pharmacy is located within the new Brunel Building at Southmead Hospital. Pharmacy will has three automated robots for dispensing and extensive IT equipment. We have a large clinical team with junior and senior specialist posts in most areas of the Trust including 19 trained and 2 trainee Non-Medical Prescribers and a Consultant Haematology Pharmacist.
We have a training and education team who provide excellent support to students. CPD is actively supported by providing staff with a variety of opportunities to meet their training needs.
Several of our previous pre-registration pharmacists have won the best pre-reg poster for the South West region, with one of them going on to win the best pre-reg at the National UKCPA Pharmacy conference. She was also chosen to display her poster at the EAHP European Pharmacy conference in Barcelona for her audit on project’s involved “Missed and delayed doses of Parkinson’s medicines in hospital”.
The Pharmacy Department is committed to providing a high quality clinical service and improving patient safety through standard and innovative practices that supports our working patterns in the new hospital and our Trust’s objectives. Since being selected as one of the 22 trusts in the UK undertaking work on the Safer Patients Initiative, our work has subsequently been implemented in the Safer Patients South West programme. CPD and closer integration with clinical teams is actively supported through specialist pharmacists and our non-medical prescribers.
Our Pharmacy is forward thinking and we were shortlisted finalists for national awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for our work on “Medicines Reconciliation on Admission and Discharge”; “Missed Doses”; “Re-use of Patients Own Drugs” and “Compliance Aid Dispensing service”. Further recent successes include an award winning poster at the Society of Acute Medicine (SAM) conference (2016) for work on missed doses on the Acute Medicine Unit, and Trust winners in the Patient Safety category at the Exceptional Healthcare Awards (2016). For medicines reconciliation on admission we are the best acute trust in England and Wales as shown by national QIPP benchmarking data.
Individual successes include our Senior Technician, Medicines Management winning the Patient Safety Category in the APTUK Pharmacy Technician of the Year Awards (2014) and the Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award in the Clinical Pharmacy Congress.
This demonstrates departmental support and encouragement for career development as well as developing revolutionary ideas to improve patient safety and our clinical service.
Local Training Programme Information
North Bristol NHS Trust have a 100% success rate for students passing the exam and qualifying to register as a pharmacist. Each pre-registration pharmacist is assigned their own individual tutor, who provides support whenever it is needed and also through regular weekly meetings. We have developed a comprehensive 52 week training programme, which has been improved on each year following feedback from past students and changes to the way the pharmacy service operates.
North Bristol Trust is working with Health Education South West to provide innovative new pre-registration placements. One of our posts is cross-sector with a GP surgery and community pharmacy based within the surgery.
There is an initial 2 week induction to allow you to become familiar with the hospital, your colleagues and the different areas within pharmacy. This is then followed by 2 week clinical induction which is an opportunity for you to meet some of the specialist pharmacists and also get a initial insight into the specialities at NBT.
From week 5 the programme then takes the same form of 2 to 2.5 hours of 'core' ward work daily followed by spending the remainder of the day in different sections or specialities such as dispensary, medicines information, procurement, technical services. The aim of the core clinical ward work is to create maximum opportunities for learning in the areas most commonly seen such as medicine, care of the elderly, admissions and surgery. Pre-registration pharmacists at NBT will also:
- Undertake an audit or quality improvement project in line with the current departmental and Trust objectives
- Attend regional training, including 6 residential courses and 1 week of intensive clinical training, with other South West NHS Trusts
- 2 week community cross sector placement
- 5 weeks of specialist clinical pharmacy training which are chosen by the student e.g. Renal, rheumatology, Neurosciences, and several afternoons working in an outpatient clinic.
The programme is aimed at creating firm foundations for your training as well as developing clinical and personal skills to build on these throughout the year so you are ready and confident at the end of your training to work as a Pharmacist.
Bristol is the largest city in the southwest of England. The River Avon runs through the city, with the historic City Docks as a focal point.
Bristol is 120 miles west of London ( approximately a 2-hour drive from London). Other neighbouring cities include Bath and Cardiff (the capital of Wales, which is just opposite of Bristol across the Bristol Channel). Bristol has a population of over half a million. Bristol has been one of the most important trading centres in the United Kingdom since the 12th century, and Bristol is a leading international port even to this day. Bristol is a transportation hub and is also the second largest commercial and economic centre in the United Kingdom. Some other large industries in Bristol include general and nuclear engineering, and the design and manufacture of aircraft.
With the M5 and M4 motorways running close to Bristol there is quick and easy road access to the north, south, east and west of the country. Rail connections are also excellent. Bristol also has its own International Airport, with over 150 flights a day.
There is hospital accommodation available on site. However, being a large University City there are also plenty of rooms or properties to let close to the hospitals.
Social and recreational
If you are looking for a place which is not as congested and complicated as large cities like London, but rather a friendly yet lively place to live - Bristol is the ideal city for you! Bristol is surrounded by lots of beautiful suburban areas as well as historical buildings. The modern side of Bristol is enriched with leisure and cultural activities in theatres, cinemas, night-clubs, restaurants, bars and pubs. With the Cotswolds and Mendips close by the countryside is in easy reach.