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The Princess Alexandra Hospital

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Foundation training
We offer 4 placements (3 x 12-month hospital placements and 1 x 6-month hospital plus 6-month GP placement)
Our trainee pharmacists are seen as integral members of the team and are supported by highly skilled foundation training tutors throughout the year
As a trainee pharmacist you will:

•    work alongside experienced pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and be given ample opportunities to apply your knowledge in practice

•    follow a comprehensive rotational programme timetable that provides a solid grounding in all aspects of hospital pharmacy practice but is focused on clinical pharmacy training. Rotations include:
-    A range of clinical wards
-    Medicines Information
-    Aseptic Production and cytotoxic reconstitution
-    Clinical Trials
-    Dispensary

•    undertake cross sector placements in:
-     Community pharmacy: 2 weeks
-    Local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG): 1 week
-    Local Mental health Trust: 1 week
-    Industry (GSK): 1-2 days

•    participate in in-house seminars and teaching sessions designed to enhance learning

We hope you will join our friendly, hardworking team and choose to work in a fast-paced yet welcoming environment.


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Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact:

Ceri Fisher Email: ( Tel: 01279 827 349 or

 Victoria Thompson (

Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department

With a staff of over 60 people, we are a core part of the hospital structure and an integral part of the ward team. Our department covers different areas: Central Dispensary, Technical Services Unit, Medicines Information and Stores.

Clinical Service - Pharmacy provides a clinical service to the inpatient wards including a medicines reconciliation service, working closely with doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals to provide the best possible care for our patients. Pharmacists ensure that the drug charts and discharge summaries are clinically validated, appropriate medicine is supplied and also counsel patients on their medications. They provide advice on dosing in impaired renal and liver function and on interactions, to ensure safe and effective prescribing according to local and national standards. Pharmacy is an integral part of the ward team and our main focus is on achieving the “80% Patient Facing “Target set by the Carter report.

Dispensary – The automated dispensary provides medication to all areas of the trust and also to a number of external hospitals. The dispensary is a busy, friendly area of the Pharmacy department dispensing a wide range of medication covering a variety of specialities.
Technical Services Unit (TSU) – Prepares chemotherapy for our Oncology/Haematology day unit dispenses Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) and supplies other high risk medication to the hospital. The staff work closely with day unit, including the Haematology/Oncology pharmacists who provide clinical support.
Medicines Information – provides advice and support to all hospital staff and patients. The MI pharmacist deals with a variety of different queries, utilising the most appropriate resources available.
Stores – receive all deliveries and supply medication to the dispensary, hospital wards, outpatient areas and external hospitals. The stores team also provide a ward stock top up service.


About the Hospital

An acute, 500 bed district general hospital located in Harlow town centre in Essex – a vibrant town approximately 30 mins from central London by train.
We offer acute hospital services to a population of 350,000 people as well as Emergency Services to over 100,000 patients a year. We also support two external community hospitals in Saffron Waldon and Epping.

Core values:
The hospital prides itself on following its core values of being Respectful, Caring, Responsible and Committed and puts the patient at the centre

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The Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow)

Site: as above

  • Are vacation placements offered? YES
  • How many placements? 6
  • placements Length of each placement: One weeks
  • Dates: June to September
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: Second or third year MPharm students

Contact details: Ceri Fisher - Tel: 01279 827 349

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