Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (Torbay Hospital)

Contact Details for Recruitment





Elena Mercer

Pharmacy Department,

Torbay Hospital

Lowes Bridge



01803 655328
 Nicola Leney 01803 655304


Trust Information

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is an innovative integrated care organisation (ICO). This means for the first time, one single organisation will be responsible for acute and community healthcare along with adult social care services. Our purpose is to provide high-quality, safe health and social care at the right time and in the right place to support the people of Torbay and South Devon to live their lives to the full.

We want to work in partnership with people and communities – putting them in the driving seat of their own health and care needs. We want services to be easily accessible and work in a way that means people only need to tell their story once. Most importantly, our vision for the future is that care is provided in or as close to a person’s home as possible. 

Torbay Hospital Pharmacy provides dispensing and clinical services to the Torbay hospital and local community hospitals.  We also work closely alongside two subsidiary organisation - South Devon Healthcare which provide out-patient pharmacy services and Torbay Pharmaceutical, a manufacturing unit.


Pharmacy Department Information

The Pharmacy Department at Torbay Hospital contains various sectors all involved with providing pharmaceutical care and knowledge to approximately 800 beds across the acute Trust and community as part of the integrated care organisation (ICO).

We are forward thinking, friendly and inclusive team working closely with all grades and qualifications of the whole pharmacy team.  We aim to achieve medicines reconciliation in 95% of patients within 24 hours of admission and aim to plan and process discharge from the ward with the patients. This helps patients to get the most from their medicines, enables a faster turnaround of discharge medicines and reduces waste. Electronic prescribing is currently being rolled out across the trust.

The main sectors within the pharmacy department include: dispensary, clinical pharmacists and technicians, medicines information, aseptic services, dispatch and purchasing. The dispensary is managed by a team of skilled pharmacy technicians with accredited checking qualifications and with support from the responsible pharmacist. We have a dedicated outpatient pharmacy which is a subsidiary to the trust. The clinical pharmacy teams include a pharmacist, technician and assistant for each ward and their job is to complete medicines reconciliation, manage stock and clinically assess patients’ drug charts.

Medicines information is a service provided by specialist pharmacists to anyone with a question about a medicine. Aseptic services is a skilled group of technicians and pharmacists that organise and make chemotherapy and assorted products that may be harmful or complicated to make it made up at ward level.  The dispatch department is involved with sorting and sending the stock medicines that a ward needs on a daily basis. The purchasing team not only source all the medicines that we need but do so in the least expensive way.


Local Training Programme Information

Each pre-registration trainee is allocated a pre-registration tutor who will support them through the year.  In addition to this you will be supported by supervisors on a day-to-day basis to facilitate your skill development and demonstration of competency. We take training seriously and you will receive input from dedicated and knowledgeable members of the team who will help you to flourish in your new role.

As a pre-registration trainee, you will be included in the clinical team from an early stage in the year. You will participate in a varied and exciting rotational programme of training. Taking advantage of the Trust’s unique status as an Integrated Care Organisation, we provide a large number of placements as well as your community cross sector placement.

  • Locality Pharmacy – Work with the community MDT which includes pharmacists to visit patients at home and support them in staying well and managing their medicines. See patients as individuals to discover their personal requirements and create holistic plans to meet their medicines needs.
  • CCG – See how pharmacists can work with GPs to improve prescribing and patient care through medicines optimisation, commissioning and primary care initiatives.
  • Mental Health – Experience inpatient and outpatient care of patients with mental health conditions and the unique medicines related challenges that are faced for individual patients.
  • Torbay Pharmaceuticals – Visit the largest NHS manufacturer of sterile products in the UK with a new class leading manufacturing site. Learn how the site works with the Trust and experience all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry within the NHS.
  • SDH Developments Ltd– Our outpatient pharmacy is a Wholly Owned Subsidiary Company of the Trust and is due to be completely revamped with robot dispensing and state of the art facilities. During your time here you will see oral chemotherapy, treatment for conditions such as MS, HIV, dermatology, rheumatology and many other specialities.
  • Medicines Information – Learn to utilise a large range of resources to create bespoke answers to medicines related questions for everyone from patients to consultants, GPs and community teams.
  • Aseptic Services – Experience manufacture of chemotherapy and parenteral nutrition according to individualised treatments plans in a full aseptic suite.
  • Clinical and Ward Pharmacy – Become an integral part of the team working with assistants, technicians and pharmacists to provide a comprehensive clinical pharmacy service to our wards. Utilising the latest technology for patient handovers, prescribing and resource access on palm top, tablet and desktop devices, you will help to ensure quality and safety in the prescribing and administration process.
  • Dispensary and Pharmacy Services – You will learn how these core services support the essential provision of the right medicine to the right patient at the right time with the right support and information.

We hope that this unique and varied placement will enable you to become an effective and enthusiastic clinical pharmacist, ready for the next challenge of a band 6 placement.


Other Information

We are committed to the ongoing development of the pharmacy profession.  We often have vacancies for band 6 posts after the completion of the pre-registration year and support our band 6’s in completing a clinical diploma.

We offer a number of summer placements to 3rd year pharmacy students, details of which can be found here. Alternatively, contact us for more information or to arrange an informal visit. We would love for you to be a part of  our team and look forward to meeting you.



Torbay includes the three coastal towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham in Devon.  Torbay hospital is the acute district general hospital located just outside of Torquay.

Following the recent opening of the South Devon Highway, access to Dartmoor and larger cities such as Exeter and Plymouth and the M5 are much improved.

Transport links

From the north - From the M5, follow the A38 and the A380 to Newton Abbot and then the South Devon Highway into Torquay.
From the south - From the A38, follow the A385 to Paignton and then the A380 towards Torquay.

Newton Abbot is on the main line between Paddington and Penzance.
Local rail services run from Newton Abbot to the Bay, with Torre station being located 1 mile from the hospital.

The nearest airport is Exeter International Airport, located just off junction 30 of the M5.


Hospital accommodation is available in modern recently constructed studio apartments adjacent to the hospital site. Please follow the link below:

Social & Recreational

Torbay Hospital is situated on the outskirts of the Devon seaside town of Torquay, which with Paignton and Brixham make up the towns surrounding Torbay. Torquay is a small town with a typical high street for shopping, numerous restaurants and pubs (a few clubs), a marina and pier, theatre and coastal zoo (Living Coasts). Within the local area there are a variety of interesting places to visit that will provide something for everyone to enjoy. Next to Torquay, the town of Paignton has good beaches, a pier and, if Living Coasts is not enough for you, a proper zoo. The small town of Brixham with its busy harbour is a great place to explore on foot, watch the working fisherman and to sample fresh seafood. Babbacombe is a district of Torquay but despite its size has a lot going on. There is a model village and museum, a theatre as well as a high street for shopping. There is also a beach, Oddicombe, which can be accessed by a cliff railway and award winning fish and chips shop (Hanbury’s). Cockington a village close to Torquay is the perfect place for a walk. There is a café and a pub and on the right day you could catch a game of cricket. Across Torbay and the local area throughout the year there are various festivals and events including: food/beer festivals (Occombe Beer Festival), Torbay Air Show, music festivals (Beautiful Days, Oceanfest, Boardmasters) and many more.

Devon itself is one of the largest counties with two major cities, Exeter and Plymouth being reached within 30 minutes and 45 minutes by car respectively or by train within 45 minutes. Exeter the nearest city is an ancient city with a modern high street with all the top shops and independent gems and more restaurants than you could eat at within a year. Exeter is a bustling and vibrant university city with excellent nightlife and a lively arts and culture scene. It also has an arena, Westpoint, on the outskirts of Exeter where various festivals and shows are conducted (e.g Devon County Show). Plymouth is a port city which is famed for being the place where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the new world. Due to the port there is much activity on the water from cruise ships to water sports and even to war ships from the nearby naval base. Plymouth is also known for its marine research and is the home of the National Marine Aquarium which houses sharks and rock pool creatures in mocked up replicas of their environments. Also within Devon’s borders are two National Parks: Dartmoor and Exmoor. Exmoor is situated a bit further away in the North of the county. It is characterised by green woodland, moorland covered in vibrant heather and a dramatic coastline.  Dartmoor expands over the centre of Devon and is characterised by wild open moorland with craggy rock formations (or Tors). Both National Parks are great for walking and cycling and even camping if you’re feeling adventurous. Also spread across Devon are numerous National Trust properties with grand estates and landscaped gardens which are perfect for people interested in: walking, history, gardening, art, architecture or all of the above.

If sports are your thing there are plenty to get involved with. Including:

  • Water sports – Take advantage of the amazing coastal location and take up any number of water sports, including sailing, surfing, rowing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, wild swimming, fishing and many more.
  • Cycling – If you like riding up and down hills, Torbay is bike friendly with many cycle lanes and tracks.
  • Running – Obviously can be done anywhere but where better than along Torbay’s beautiful coastline. Torbay and the surrounding areas also offer the chance to join ‘Park Runs’.


Travelling to and from Torquay is made easy by the M5 motorway and recently built bypass, regular trains and numerous stations as well as Exeter airport which has flights to the UK and Europe.

Where ever you go in Devon you can be sure to find the best cream tea (cream first).

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