Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Contact Details for Recruitment





 Training Team

  Pharmacy Department,
  Royal United Hospital,
  Combe Park,
  BA1 3NG

 01225 824 633

 Carie Martin

 01225 826 116


Trust Information

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath and the surrounding towns and villages. Our 732 bed facility provides a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services.

As the largest employer in Bath, the Trust offers a huge range of opportunities and benefits in a genuinely supportive working environment. New colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. You will be working alongside high calibre staff, many of whom have a national and international reputation for specialist expertise and world-class care, focusing on providing the best services to patients.


Pharmacy Department Information

In 2017, a new state-of-the-art pharmacy building was completed, as part of the Trust’s Fit for the Future programme. The department employs over 100 members of staff, including around 40 pharmacists. 

Within the department there are the core services of inpatient dispensing, clinical trials, stores and a busy aseptic unit including a new radio-pharmacy facility. In line with national recommendations for pharmacy services, the department has an increasing focus on medicines optimisation, employing a growing number of medicines management technicians, ward-based specialist pharmacists and prescribing pharmacists. The department supports staff undertaking further training and offers the opportunity for pharmacists to undertake the clinical diploma and independent prescribing programme among others.

Our team has an innovative approach to service developments, such as robotic dispensing and a technician-led dispensary. In addition, electronic prescribing has been implemented across the Trust, which has transformed the way we provide pharmacy services and patient care.


Local Training Programme Information

Pre-registration pharmacists benefit from a structured programme covering all areas of the department, gaining experience in stores, dispensary, outpatient services, medicines management, aseptics and medicines information. Throughout the year you will also attend the Pharmacy Workforce Development South (PWDS) regional training days. You will also benefit from a two week cross-sector placement at a community pharmacy where you will gain experience of all the major aspects of community pharmacy.

There are three pre-registration posts provided by the Trust. A 5 month/7 month split with the CCG, a 2month/10month split with Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust (AWP) and a 12month program at the RUH. These will be individually advertised on Oriel.

Each program will have exposure to the following clinical specialties: acute medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, stroke, paediatrics, rheumatology, oncology, gastroenterology, surgery, orthopaedics and care of the elderly. Experience in core services such as medicines management, dispensary, stores and aseptics is also included. Opportunities such as observing outpatient clinics, shadowing specialist nurses and attending multi-disciplinary team meetings may also be arranged. Due to the nature of the split posts the time spent in these areas will vary.

Our training plan is designed to allow you to gain the competencies needed to complete the GPhC pre-registration programme and prepare you for working as a newly qualified pharmacist. By the end of your training year, you will have completed accuracy checking logs and will be allocated a ward to cover (under the supervision of a senior pharmacist), to give you the experience and ability to work independently on registration.


Other Information (location, transport links, accommodation)

Bath is a beautiful city. With its diverse range of restaurants, independent shops, beautiful Georgian architecture, cultural and sporting venues, theatres, pubs and trendy bars, it attracts tourists from across the world, and is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Based in the valley of the River Avon, Bath is easily accessible from the M4, just over 90 miles west of London and 11 miles south-east of Bristol.

The RUH is located less than 2 miles from Bath city centre. The hospital has good public transport links with the city and the Trust encourages other sustainable transport methods, such as cycling and car sharing.

If applying for the split posts, it is recommended that you are able to be independently mobile as some GP practices and AWP sites are rural.


Onsite staff accommodation (from single rooms to self-contained flats) may be available.  


Social & Recreational

The RUH Pharmacy department is very friendly and welcoming, with several social events organised throughout the year, including walking weekends in Wales. The onsite Oasis Health Suite offers a fully equipped gym with a squash court, fitness classes and an outdoor heated swimming pool.

There’s always something happening in Bath. Come rain or shine, you'll find lots of entertainment, whether it's in the city centre, park or surrounding villages, there's plenty of activities and events taking place throughout the year – especially the Bath Festival and Jane Austen Festival. For more information about living and working in Bath visit