Northern Devon Healthcare Trust

Contact Details for Recruitment

 Name  Email  Phone
 Carole Knight  (01271) 322 393
 Jenny Wilson

 (01271) 311 770  
 Henry Goss  


Trust Information

As  pre-registration pharmacists we offer a you a comprehensive year to prepare you for your hospital career.

The North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust incorporates 340 acute beds in the North Devon District Hospital and 62 community beds in 3 community hospitals.

We are committed to providing patient focused clinical services which includes medicines management, antimicrobial stewardship, anticoagulation services and medicines information.

Further information about North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust can be found at



Pharmacy Department Information

The pharmacy department serves all the acute medical beds and 100 community beds within the Trust. We also provide pharmacy services to additional community beds outside of the Trust, our local hospice and our local mental health wards.

The department is relatively small, currently with 55 staff.  This make it very easy to co-ordinate any learning opportunities that you wish to undertake, as well as ofefrieng a supportive and social environment.

Within the pharmacy team we have specialist clinical pharmacists and rotational pharmacists studying for a clinical diploma and also pharmacist independent prescribers.

The pharmacy department has undergone major changes in the last 24 months with the introduction of automation and the expansion of our ward based pharmacy team.



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We will have four pre-registration pharmacist graduates in 2020 - 2021 comprising three posts based in NDDH with experience of community hospitals, mental health, CCG and community pharmacy.

The acute hospital placement features a wide variety of specialities which pre-registration students visit on rotation.

Pre-registration students are supported through weekly meetings with pre-registration tutors. These meetings focus on clinical topics, and aim to build confidence and competence towards the goal of you working independently as a pharmacist at the tail end of the year.

Students are encouraged to spend time with the wider multidisciplinary team. We support placements with specialist nurses in diabetes, heart failure, acute oncology, acute pain, respiratory, liaison psychiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy.

Ward based activity is embedded into the timetable from week 1.

Within the first three months you will become proficient in the dispensary and have obtained competencies for medicines optimisation and reconciliation.

After these competencies have been obtained, students rotate through various specialities:

  • Paediatrics
  • Oncology/haematology
  • Technical services
  • Acute medicine
  • Care of the elderly
  • Intensive care
  • Antibiotics
  • Psychiatric medicine
  • Medicines information
  • Trauma / Orthopaedics
  • Gastrointestinal  / Respiratory
  • Community pharmacy
  • GP surgery
  • Clinical Commissioning Group

The fourth post is cross sector spending 9 months in the acute trust, and 3 months in GP practice.  Having your own transport is recommended for this post. 

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During the acute placement you will become competent in the dispensary and gain skills in medicines optimisation and medicines reconciliation in the first three months, with ward based work from week 1. The rest of your year will include:

  •  2 weeks in a community pharmacy gaining essential over the counter skills for the pre-reg exam
  •  2 weeks in a mental health trust  learning the roles of the medicines management team in a mental health trust, both onsite and Devon wide
  •  1 week with the clinical commissioning group  focusing on commissioning and the role of the pharmacist in the wider health economy
  •  12 weeks in primary care working in a GP surgery and focusing your time on specific clinical conditions to improve your application of clinical knowledge 

The rest of the placement will be in our acute trust, supporting the medical and surgical directorates, with the same learning opportunities and rotations as the 12 month acute placement.


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Other Information

We are located about 35 miles from the M5 in the main market town serving a large rural population stretching from Exmoor to Dartmoor and covering North Cornwall bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. There is a train service from Barnstaple to Exeter which links to the Penzance to London rail link. There is a regular bus service from Barnstaple to the major towns and resorts in North Devon, however own transport is desirable if you really want to explore our beautiful coastline.



Social & Recreational

The area encompasses several sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) areas of outstanding national beauty (AONB), marine conservation areas and United Nations Biosphere Reserves.

North Devon is known for our cream teas, cosy pubs and spectacular coastline. It is a popular tourist area especially for families and surfers.  It takes less than 30 minutes to get to one of the fantastic beaches, such as Croyde or  Saunton sands which are well known for their surf, or Barricane beach, famous for its curry which is served in the summer months.

We are friendly and sociable department who socialise frequently in the Barnstaple restaurants and pubs and partipate in activities like badminton, horse riding, the Tarka 'ale trail', and local music festivals like Oceanfest.  As a small acute trust there is an opportunity to really get to know staff on the wards and from other specialties and remain at the heart of our local community.

The town also has a good range of shops and theatres and a regular farmers market.


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