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Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Bedford Hospital

'Valuing people, Leadership, Respect, Honesty, Excellence'

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Foundation training

We offer 4 placements (2 x 12-month hospital and 2 x 6-month plus 26 week GP placements).

Our trainees describe their path to become exemplary clinical pharmacists at our high-performing Trust as ‘exciting, challenging and supportive.’

Rotations have a clinical focus and cover: Regional vascular centre, acute medical wards, orthopaedics, paediatrics, medicines information, dispensary and aseptics.

Each rotation is supervised by a Specialist Pharmacist for that clinical area who provides expert training.


We will support your development with regular clinical meetings and allow you to take increasing responsibility as you progress.

We support cross sector experience with our community colleagues and offer two weeks experience at our local Clinical Commissioning Group. We also offer a week at the local Mental Health Trust.


Our foundation training tutors are enthusiastic about the role and offer a mix of experience and new ideas.  Tutors and trainees are supported by monthly meetings with the Foundation training manager. 


Our programme dovetails with the UEA to ensure you receive comprehensive learning to stand you in good stead to begin life as an excellent newly qualified pharmacist.  In 2017 and 2018, several of our trainees secured Band 6 pharmacist posts within the trust.


We hope you will join our supportive team and choose to work in our forward-thinking, outward-looking department.


If you would like a printable PDF about this hospital then you can download a PDF leaflet here.


Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact:

Hannah Briars ( and Jane Charsley (

Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department

The hospital's regard for Pharmacy was demonstrated in 2016, when our innovative department had a £1 million upgrade, introducing the latest technology.
You will have the opportunity to work in a friendly team of around 70 people and uphold our excellent multidisciplinary relationships outside the department.
Our department includes:  Dispensary, Aseptic Services Unit, Medicines Information, Home Care, Procurement, Stores and a Clinical and Education Hub.


About the Hospital


The Trust serves a population of about 270,000 across Bedfordshire with a 900,000 catchment for vascular services.  We have 360 beds providing a full range of acute services including Critical Care, Care of the Elderly, General Medicine, Acute Admissions, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neonatal and Paediatrics, Oncology, Trauma and Orthopaedics and Vascular Surgery.  

The town

Bedford is a vibrant county town flanked by Oxford and Cambridge and just 35 minutes by train to London.  Whether you like high-octane thrills, have an interest in history and the arts or enjoy outdoor activities in unspoilt countryside, Bedford offers an abundance of leisure opportunities.

Core Values:

At Bedford Hospital, ‘every patient matters.’  We pride ourselves on:



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Bedford Hospital

Site: as above

  • Are vacation placements offered? YES
  • How many placements? 6 placements
  • Length od each placement: One week
  • Dates: June (2), July (2) and September (2)
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: No but prioritise third year MPharm students

Contact details: Hannah Briars (

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All band 6 pharmacist posts at this hospital are advertised on:


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