All pre-registration trainee pharmacists take part in clinically focused hospital training, which includes ward-based experience and regular patient contact. The residential course programmes and the teaching at your base hospital are designed to provide you with the learning experiences needed to pass your registration assessment and for practice as a pharmacist. The residential, local learning sets and base hospital training programmes are designed to complement each other to ensure all elements, including pharmacy practice, ethics and professional practice, are covered.
Base hospital: Your base hospital will provide you with a structured, rotational programme covering experience in clinical pharmacy, dispensary, technical/aseptic services, procurement, quality control and medicines information.
Other pharmacy sector experience: All trainee will have experience in another sector of pharmacy practice. This is normally two weeks working in community pharmacy. However, many schemes also offer other sector learning experiences, for example with general practice, clinical commissioning groups, prison pharmacy, mental health services and intermediate care. Please check the individual schemes for more information.
Regional Study events: There are regionally organised study days, which are split into three residential courses and eight day local learning set events taking place throughout the year. All the courses are designed to complement the experience and training you undertake in the workplace and help you to meet the GPhC performance standards and pass the GPhC registration examination. A range of clinical experts from the region contribute to the regional teaching sessions. The courses are delivered using a variety of formats including formal lectures, virtual wards, trainee lead teaching session, workshops and group work. Specific calculation training and support is also given throughout the year to help you pass the calculation section of the registration assessment. The local learning set events are hosted by different trusts around the region, this allows you to visit different trusts in your locality and learn from a range of clinical experts.
e-Portfolio: We use an on-line portfolio system to simplify evidence recording.
At your base hospital you will have the support by at least one pre-registration tutor and a range of practice based mentors. At a regional level, you will also be supported by an education and training pharmacist and have access to an e-learning platform. The platform allows you to access clinical case studies, discussion forums and calculation quizzes to help you learn for your registration exam and for practice as a pharmacist.
Opportunities in the region after registration
The South West is an innovative region, leading many clinical issues such as medicines reconciliation and the patient safety initiative. Most hospitals in the South West support newly registered pharmacists who wish to undertake the Advanced Programmes in Pharmaceutical Practice at the University of Bath. Workshops are run during one of the residential courses to give helpful hints to complete application forms for future employment and review interview techniques.