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South and Mid-Essex NHS Foundation Trust - Mid-Essex Hospital

‘At our best we are a… Kind, Professional, Positive Team’

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Foundation training

We offer 3 placements

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For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact:
Helen Ellis ( Tel: 01245 362 000 (switchboard)

Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department
The pharmacy department at Broomfield hospital is a medium sized, professional, forward thinking department which gives all staff the opportunity to develop their full potential. Our department covers different areas, including: Inpatient Dispensary, Outpatient dispensary, Clinical Ward Services, Technical Services, Medicines Information and Stores.

Clinical Service: Pharmacy provides an extensive clinical service to inpatient wards which includes; undertaking medicines reconciliation, reviewing of medications to ensure safe and effective use, formulation of individual pharmaceutical care plans, therapeutic drug monitoring for specific drugs and the education of patients about their medications. Pharmacy staff are a valued and essential part of the ward team and work in partnership with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to optimize the pharmaceutical care of patients.
Dispensary: Pharmacy provides both an inpatient and outpatient dispensary service to all areas of the trust. We have embraced technology in this area with the use of automated dispensing and the introduction of an electronic tracking system allowing us to quickly and efficiently trace the progress of prescriptions. This service is fast-paced but through effective team work medications are delivered to patients in a safe and timely manner.

Technical Services Unit: The aseptic unit is responsible for the sterile manufacture of chemotherapy for our Chemotherapy Day Unit. We also prepare Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), Clinical Trials medications and other high risk medicines to the hospital. Staff working here must diligently follow operating procedures to ensure Good Manufacturing Practices are followed and the products prepared are of the highest quality. We also have dedicated haematology/oncology pharmacists that provide clinical support to the oncology and haematology teams.

Medicines Information: This enquiry answering service receives a variety of queries from both patients and staff from within the hospital. Queries range from the safety of medications in pregnancy to how to administer intravenous medications on the ward. Staff based here have a variety of specialist resources available to them and learn about the most appropriate resources to use when tackling complex queries.

Stores: Are responsible for receiving all deliveries and supply medication to the dispensary, hospital wards, outpatient areas and external hospitals. The stores team also provides a ward stock top up service.

Foundation training

We offer 3 foundation training placements

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated foundation training pharmacists to join our pharmacy team supporting all aspects of patient care. With a strong focus on ward based patient centred clinical care you will be part of a well-respected and supportive team.  In return for your hard work and commitment we will give you the opportunity to develop your professional skills as a clinical practitioner through our commitment to education and training in a friendly structured environment supported by an excellent team.

As a foundation pharmacist with Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust you will:

•    Be provided with an experienced foundation training pharmacist tutor who will regularly meet with you to oversee your progress and guide you through the programme
•    You will be educated and supported by a variety of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from within the department and be given ample opportunities to apply your knowledge in practice
•    Follow a structured rotational programme that provides a solid grounding in all aspects of hospital pharmacy practice but is focused on clinical pharmacy training.

Rotations include:
o    A range of clinical wards
o    Medicines Information
o    Aseptic Production
o    Clinical Trials
o    Dispensary

•    Undertake cross sector placements in:
o    Community pharmacy: 4 weeks
o    Local Mental Health Trust: 2 weeks

•    Participate in departmental and regional teaching sessions designed to enhance learning

About the Hospital

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust provides a core district general hospital services to a catchment population of 360,000.
It also hosts regional plastics, head and neck and upper gastrointestinal (upper GI) surgical services and a supra-regional burns service to a population of 9.8 million.

The Trust, based in the heart of Essex, employs over 3,800 staff and provides services from five sites in and around Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree. The main site is Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford which has been redeveloped as part of a £148m Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
The Trust enjoys a strong clinical reputation and provides a wide range of services including A&E, emergency medicine and surgery, elective surgery in most specialities, and maternity and paediatric services.

Core values:
Patient care first … always
‘At our best we are a… Kind, Professional, Positive Team’

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Mid Essex Healthcare Services NHS Trust

Site: Broomfield Hospital

  • Are vacation placements offered? YES
  • How many placements? 3 placements
  • Length of each placement: One week
  • Dates: July to September
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: Third year MPharm students given priority

Contact details: Helen Ellis ( Tel: 01245 362 000 (switchboard)

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