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We pride ourselves on having a 'fit for practice' workforce through the education, training and development opportunities given to all pharmacy staff.

These are delivered in collaboration with the De Montfort University which has a proven track record in the development and delivery of postgraduate pharmacy education for clinical pharmacists and accredited post-basic training for pharmacy technicians.

Our department is also involved in the education and training of medical and nursing staff across the Trust.

The continuing professional and personal development of our staff is taken very seriously within the Pharmacy Department, and therefore the involvement of staff in undertaking and delivery of a full training programme is positively encouraged. This includes professional qualifications. 

We employ a number of teacher practitioner pharmacists as well as NVQ co-ordinators and many of our senior and chief technicians are also qualified NVQ assessors and verifiers. In recent years, at least a quarter of our staff have been studying for a recognised qualification at any given time.

Pre-registration pharmacists training

The pharmacy department at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton currently train 5 pre-registration pharmacists each year to enable them to qualify as registered pharmacists with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).  We feel that pre-registration training is such an important contributor towards the future of pharmacy and patient care. As well as getting high quality pharmacists out of the training we provide, we enjoy having pre-registration trainees to challenge us and bring their skills and knowledge from their degree studies to the workplace.

Many pre-registration trainees choose to stay with the Trust as Band 6 shift-working pharmacists after completing their pre-registration training.

Following the GPhC pre-registration performance standards and the registration framework, we provide regular tutorials and directed study-time, which sits alongside clinical experience in a variety of rotations.

Rotations include:

  • Clinical specialities (ward based rotations & tutorials)
    • Medicine- including cardiology & coronary care, respiratory, gastrointestinal, liver, renal, care of the frail elderly
    • Surgery- including trauma & orthopaedics, bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, ear nose and throat and maxillofacial
    • Paediatrics - including paediatric high dependency and neonatal intensive care
    • Obstetrics & gynaecology
    • Antimicrobial
    • Critical care
    • Oncology and haematology wards and day case unit
    • Mental health
  • Medicines Information & IT skills: all pre-regs learn to answer enquiries independently. Skills are built up in bitesize rotations
  • Logistics: a short rotation to increase understanding the provision of drugs to clinical areas
  • Dispensary, including inpatients, outpatients, Boots outpatients, discharges and specialist chemotherapy areas
  • Aseptic production: all pre-regs are validated in labelling, worksheets and assembly. There are also opportunities to be trained to manufacture
  • Cross sector experience
  • CCG experience

Pre-registration trainees also attend regional training at De Montfort University, Leicester.

To explore working for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, please visit our 'Working for us' page.

Further information can also be found at on the De Montfort University website.

Applications should be made through the Oriel website. Further information can be found here.

* Please note this training programme is listed on Oriel under the old Trust name of “Derby Teaching Hospitals” Apply to this programme for a place at the Royal Derby Hospital.    

We are also proud to provide professional placements for the University of Nottingham integrated 5 course pre-registration students, training two students every six months.

Vocational placement

We currently offer a three day voluntary vocational placement run over the summer for third year undergraduate pharmacy students. Applications for the following summer can be submitted anytime from September until 15 December each year.

Applications received after 15 December each year will not be considered.

Open afternoons

The pharmacy department holds open afternoons each summer to enable those who are considering undertaking their pre-registration programme here to see the department before they have to preference places in Oriel.

If you are interesting in attending or want to check the dates for the upcoming summer please email

Post-graduate pharmacy courses in clinical pharmacy

These courses have been developed in conjunction with De Montfort University Leicester which currently runs a Post Graduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Clinical Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Technicians

Pre-registration Pharmacy Technicians undergo a two year QCF (NVQ) level three programme and also complete a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science via blended learning. These two qualifications, on completion, allow entry onto the General Pharmaceutical Council’s register.

Pharmacy Technicians are part of the pharmacy team and work under the supervision of a pharmacist. The role of a pharmacy technician provides the opportunity to work as part of a team to support the care of patients. 

Technicians are responsible for the dispensing process, checking prescriptions and counselling patients on their treatment. Other roles include purchasing, medicines management, specialist manufacturing and education and training. Clinical Technicians work more closely with patients on the wards alongside oher healthcare professionals.      

Assistant Technical Officer & Senior Assistant Technical Officer

Senior Assistant Technical Officers and Assistant Technical Officers work alongside Pharmacy Technicians and under the supervision of a Registered Pharmacist.

Here at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, as a Pharmacy Assistant there are opportunities to work towards a QCF (NVQ) Level Two Qualification in Pharmacy Service Skills and they also complete a certificate in Pharmaceutical Science. With experience and achievement in relevant qualifications, it is possible to progress to Senior Pharmacy Assistant roles and gain access to the pre-registration pharmacy technician training program.