University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Contact Details for Recruitment





 Dr. Anthony Sinclair 

 Pharmacy  Department
 Derriford  Hospital
 PL6 8DH


 01752 432273


Trust Information

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) is the largest hospital in the south west peninsula, it’s a regional specialist teaching hospital, providing comprehensive secondary and tertiary healthcare. Our geography gives us a secondary care catchment population of 450,000 with a wider peninsula population of almost 2,000,000 people who can access our specialist services.

The pharmacy department has some 140 staff including over 30 pharmacists. EPMA is being rolled out across the Trust and in addition uses an electronic discharge system. The dispensary and distribution services are supported by an automated dispensing unit, and a new Aseptic services facility is being planned.


Local Training Programme Information

The pharmacy department has recently introduced a new education and research strategy, phase 1 is now in place, designed around the Foundation framework and supports the continual professional development  and introduction to practice research of Band 6 and 7 pharmacists. Phase 2 for bands 8a pharmacist upwards will follow in due course.

The Pre-registration Pharmacist local programme consists of two offerings, a 12 month rotational programme (3 posts) based at the main Hospital site that includes a two week community placement  and a split programme (2 posts) that is divided into six two month placements. The organisations in which you will spend the placements include a large progressive GP training practice (Beacon medical group), an integrated health and social care services provider (Livewell SW) and at UHP. Having completed two months in each placement, the six month cycle is then repeated. Each pre-registration pharmacist in addition to a tutor is assigned informal support in the form of a “buddy” junior pharmacist

Beacon Medical Group is a 27 doctor practice spread over six sites and was formed in 2014 with the amalgamation of three family doctor practices. The practice supports some 80 clinical placements a year. Beacon has received positive attention nationally and has been recognised gaining several awards

Livewell Southwest , formed in 2011, is a recognised provider of integrated health and social care services operating across the South West, delivering integrated specialist across the region with awards and recognition for pharmacy innovation. 



Single and shared occupancy rented accommodation is in plentiful supply around the city and beyond. As Plymouth continues on an extensive development and expansion programme, there are growing opportunities for waterfront living.


Transport Links

Transport links to and from Derriford Hospital are well established. There are frequent buses from the city centre, 4 miles away, and from many outlying areas, and discounted permit schemes are available. Cycling to work is encouraged and is supported through a partnership with Cycle England; there is plentiful secure cycle storage on site, as well as shower and change facilities and lockers, interest-free bike loans, a bicycle users group and even free-to-use pool bicycles. Park & Ride facilities are provided for those driving to work.

Plymouth has direct rail links throughout the South West and to London, the Midlands, North West and North East England and to Scotland. Coach services include a direct route to Heathrow Airport. 


Social & Recreational

Derriford Hospital, UHP, has an onsite sport & leisure centre including a gym, squash court and sports hall. Other facilities adjacent to the hospital offer indoor/outdoor pools, gyms, tennis and squash courts, all-weather pitches, and many other activities. Plymouth Life Centre, providing state-of-the-art sports facilities, is close by.

The department is very friendly and sociable, with frequent evenings out and even rounders on Dartmoor during the summer.

Plymouth has a modern city centre, redeveloped by David Mackay, renowned for his work on Barcelona. Night life is impressive with many pubs and clubs, fine dining and many cuisines catered for, a nationally renowned theatre, multiplex cinema, ice rink and arena hosting top music artists and comedians. The Hoe & Historic Barbican are beautiful locations for relaxed leisure time; the National Marine Aquarium is alongside. Tens of thousands gather around Plymouth Sound for the National Fireworks Competition every August, and international powerboat racing draws huge numbers of spectators. The Royal William Yard (Grade 1 former Royal Naval buildings) has recently been redeveloped and is now thriving with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Plymouth is a fantastic hub for outdoor pursuits. Dartmoor offers stunning walking, off-road cycling and climbing, the location is ideal for water sports such as sailing, kayaking and sub-aqua while the South Devon and Cornwall coastline provides beautiful beaches, great surfing and the South West Coastal Path.