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Pharmacy

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 universities such as De Montfort University and Keele University which have 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 it is encouraged that staff undertake training courses and professional qualifications such as independent prescribing. We have a commitment to increasing the number of pharmacists trained as independent prescribers in the Trust each year.
 
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 6 full year pre-registration trainee pharmacists (5 at Derby, 1 at Burton), alongside 2 split training programmes (at Burton) that are joint hosted with community pharmacy Dean and Smedley.

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.

We run an automatic progression scheme for full year pre-registration trainee pharmacists at both sites. This means they are employed on a permanent rather than temporary nature, and provided they progress through their pre-reg programme satisfactorily and meet key criteria, they will automatically move onto a band 6 pharmacist post when they register. We are planning on introducing this scheme to our Burton site in the future.

This has enormous benefits for both the pre-reg and the Trust. It gives the Pre-registration Pharmacist the security at the outset that they are valued and that they have their next job ready and waiting for them. Automatic progression also avoids the pre-registration trainees having to go through multiple recruitment processes at a critical time in their training year which could otherwise be stressful. For ourselves at the Trust it means we are able to retain the highly skilled staff that we have invested in.

The programmes at both sites are aligned to the GPhC pre-registration performance standards and the registration assessment framework. Regular tutorials and directed study-time are also provided, 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
  • 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, 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 (Derby site Pre-regs only)
  • Cross sector experience (Covid pandemic situation dependent)
  • CCG experience (Derby site Pre-regs only)

Royal Derby Hospital Sample Timetable

Pre-registration trainees also attend regional training at either De Montfort University, Leicester for the trainees based at the Derby site or at Keele University for the trainees based at Queen’s Hospital Burton  .

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 and on the Health Education East Midlands website

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

We are also proud to provide professional placements for the University of Nottingham integrated 5 course pre-registration students at our Derby site, 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.

Please note there will be no open afternoons in summer 2020 due to the Covid outbreak. Instead, please contact sophia.feret@nhs.net at the Royal Derby Hospital or joanna.hurcombe@nhs.net at Queen’s Hospital, Burton if you would like to find out more about training at UHDB.

Post-graduate pharmacy courses in clinical pharmacy

These courses have been developed in conjunction with De Montfort University Leicester and Keele University which both currently run a Post Graduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Clinical Pharmacy. There are also opportunities to complete an Independent Prescribing qualification for those with more than 2 year's post qualification experience, looking to further their practice.

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 other 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.