The Southwest currently has 74 pre-registration trainee pharmacists across 18 NHS hospitals in Gloucestershire, Avon, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. We also facilitate several split pre-registration training placements. These trainees are based at an Acute Trust and a variety of other healthcare providers including Mental Health Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP Surgeries and Community Pharmacies.

The pre-registration pharmacist training programme in the Southwest is carefully designed to help you pass your GPhC exam and develop the skills required of competent pharmacists.  The programme comprises of regional and local training events, virtual learning environment (VLE), and an e-portfolio system for you and your tutor.

Key information regarding the regional programme

The programme is made up of two face to face elements: regional residential courses and face to face monthly Local Learning Set (LLS).


*The latest programme for 2020/2021 can be accessed here*


 1)   Regional residential courses

Trainees from the SW meet together at one of our training venues depending on their location within the Southwest.  Our training venues are:

Padbrook Park, Cullompton (http://www.padbrookpark.co.uk/), and

Future Inn, Bristol (https://www.futureinns.co.uk/bristol/)

We cover elements of the GPhC performance standards, such as first aid, responding to symptoms, career progression and complete a full GPhC mock.

The dates for the 2020/2021 cohort regional residential courses are as follows.


 18th - 19th August 2020

 Community Pharmacy, RTS & Careers Fair

 9th - 11th February 2021


 2nd - 4th February 2021

 Pharmacy Practice

 18th - 19th May 2021


 25th - 26th May 2021


 2) Local learning sets (LLS)

A Local Learning Set (LLS) is a cluster of about 10 - 15 pre-registration trainees who will meet approximately once a month to learn together on a clinical topic. The trainees are from hospitals/training sites that are close to each other. The day events are interactive and use a range of case studies, local clinical experts and self-directed learning approaches to help you get the most from the day. Each LLS is facilitated by a senior pharmacist with an interest in education.


Below is a summary of which trusts form each LLS:

Gloucester, Swindon  & Bath


 Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (3)

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (3)

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (4)

Bristol/ Weston

North Bristol NHS Trust (5)

University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust (5)

N&E Devon/ Somerset


Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (4)

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (4)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (2)

Dorset & Salisbury

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (4)

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (4)

Poole & Bournemouth

Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (5)

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (4)

South Devon

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (6)

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (8)

Plymouth & Cornwall

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (8)

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (5)

 *The latest programme for 2020/2021 can be accessed here*

Due to restrictions on movment and necessity for social distancing in these current times, all face-to-face events have currently been moved online due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  We are hoping to resume in-person teaching events from January 2021, however all physical events are subject to confirmation.  In the event of cancellation, we will endeavour to run these sessions online. 

How to apply

All preregistration training posts are recruited to through the application system, ORIEL. Further information is available here and Schools of Pharmacy will receive information from Health Education England as it becomes available.

All pre-registration trainees take part in clinically focussed hospital based training which includes ward-based experience and regular patient contact.

Commissioned places GPhC registration exam pass rates:

2018/19 cohort: 91 % (June sitting - National average 72.3 %) 100 % June & October sitting

2017/18 cohort: 95 % (National average 79 %)

2016/17 cohort: 100 % (National pass rate 78 %)

2015/16 cohort: 97% (National pass rate 85%)