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South and Mid-Essex NHS Foundation Trust - Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital

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Foundation training
We offer 5 placements (4 x 12-month and 1 x 9 month split post with 13 weeks at a local GP practice)

Our foundation training pharmacists are truly valued and are seen as core members of the team. They are strongly supported by highly experienced Designated Supervisors throughout the year. The education and training team are also directly involved in logistics of planning the rotations and providing guidance to the individuals.

As a trainee pharmacist you will:

  • learn valuable clinical knowledge and skills by working alongside experienced pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and a wider multidisciplinary team with opportunities to implement knowledge into practice and provide patient centred care
  • rotate across various rotations including mental health and cardiothoracic care, designed to give a comprehensive programme covering all aspects of hospital pharmacy
  • organise a 4-week cross sector placement in a community pharmacy to get hands-on experience of pharmacy care provided in the community
  • plan a multidisciplinary team (MDT) week with opportunities to link pharmacy practice with other specialist services, such as observing how pharmaceuticals are used during a surgical procedure
  • participate in in-house learning programme and in the regional tutorial sessions designed to enhance learning of clinical knowledge and skills and to share best evidence-based practices


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Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact: Rachel Buckton Tel: 01268 524900 Extension: 8768


Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department

With a staff of over 110 individuals, we are an integral part of the hospital structure by working together with the multidisciplinary teams to provide core clinical services. Our pharmacy department covers a wide range of areas including: clinical services (including CTC), dispensing services, non-sterile and aseptic production, medicines information (location may change based on ESR) and stores.

About the Hospital

In April 2004, we became one of the first ten trusts in the country to be awarded Foundation status. The Trust primarily provides services for 405,000 people living in south-west Essex covering Basildon and Thurrock, together with parts of Brentwood and Castle Point. Basildon Hospital can be reached by multiple transport links and is approximately 35 minutes from central London by train.
The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) is also part of the Trust, providing a full range of tertriary cardiothoracic services for the whole county and further afield. The Trust also provides a range of services at Orsett Hospital plus dermatology services across the whole of south Essex.
With a budget of more than £288million, last year the Trust treated 77,500 inpatients and day patients, provided nearly 300,000 outpatient appointments and attended to 103,000 patients in accident and emergency.
The Mid and South Essex Success Regime (ESR) started in September 2015 with a review of the pressures on the local health and care system. The plan is to ensure the highest quality health and care delivered to meet the growing demands of the local populations by tackling gaps in clinical staffing. This will ultimately enable the system to achieve sustainable financial balance.


As a Trust we take pride of our core values of delivering safe, caring and excellent care by working together with our patients, each other and our healthcare partners.


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Basildon Hospital

Site: as above

  • Are vacation placements offered? Yes
  • How many placements? 8
  • Length of each placement: 1 Week (Monday to Friday)
  • Dates: July to September
  • Restrictions as to who can apply:  Third year MPharm students only

Contact details: Rachel Buckton Tel: 01268 524900 Extension: 8768


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