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Foundation training
We offer 2 placements

Our trainee pharmacists are integral members of the team and are supported by highly skilled Designated supervisors throughout the year. In addition, we have a Training Pharmacist Manager who oversees the Foundation Training year and can provide support where necessary to supervisors and trainees.

As a trainee pharmacist you will:

  • Have regular meetings with your personal Designated supervisor to discuss progress and review your electronic evidence portfolio.
  • Work alongside experienced pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants and other members of the pharmacy team.
  • Be given ample opportunities to apply your knowledge in practice.
  • Follow a comprehensive rotational programme that provides a solid grounding in all aspects of hospital pharmacy practice in preparation for your first Band 6 Pharmacist post.


  • A range of clinical wards and specialties
  • Aseptic and non-aseptic dispensing
  • Dispensary
  • Clinical trials
  • Ordering and Distribution


Other Placements

  • Community Pharmacy (2-3 weeks)
  • Specialist Nursing Services throughout the trust (1-2 weeks)
  • Build your clinical knowledge and skills throughout the year by starting off with an hour each day in clinical settings, gradually increasing to the point where you are seeing all the patients on one ward by the end of your training year.
  • Participate in CPPE Optimise sessions, JPUH Learning at Lunch sessions, Clinical team meetings etc.
  • Take part in the UEA Foundation Training Programme, preparing you for the GPhC registration assessment and your first Band 6 pharmacist post.
  • Participate in the weekend and bank holiday rotas.


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Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact:

Hannah Wicks email:

Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department

The Pharmacy department employs approximately 70 staff to provide medication supplies as well as clinical and aseptic services to wards and departments within the hospital, and also to external healthcare providers under service level agreements.

Clinical services - Working closely with nursing and medical staff, our team of Clinical Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians work to ensure patients get the best out of their medicines during their hospital stay. The pharmacy team ensure patients’ medications are reconciled on admission, optimised during their in-patient stay, and clinically validated at the point of discharge. We have recently expanded our clinical pharmacy service to cover areas such as A&E and hope to expand this further in the near future to cover areas such as pre-assessment clinics.

Dispensary - The dispensary is a very busy area of the pharmacy department, dispensing medications for in-patients, out-patients, discharge and for external hospitals. The department has an automated dispensing robot and has recently undergone a full modernisation.

Aseptic and Non-Aseptic Dispensing Unit – we have up to date aseptic facilities for the preparation of chemotherapy, monoclonal antibody therapies and total parenteral nutrition. We have an Oncology and a Haematology specialist pharmacist, both of whom work very closely with clinicians and patients in their specialist areas.

Education and Training Opportunities - Regular training sessions are held which trainee pharmacists are encouraged to attend. We also hold fortnightly learning at lunch sessions where all our pharmacists and trainee pharmacists present on interesting cases, diseases, and pharmacological interventions. We hope to extend our training programme, to include collaborative learning with the medical and nursing students and the junior doctors.

Ordering and Distribution – order and receive all deliveries and supply medications to our hospital wards and clinics, and external providers. The stores team provide a top-up service to our wards to ensure patients have access to medications at the right time.


About the Hospital


The James Paget Hospital is a vibrant university hospital providing the best possible care to a population of 230,000 residents across Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Waveney, as well as to the many visitors who come to this part of East Anglia.
Ensuring our patients are central to everything we do is our priority. Our vision is to be an innovative organisation delivering compassionate and safe patient care through a well-led and motivated workforce.

The Trust provides a full range of general acute services plus a number of specialist services including a hyperbaric chamber.

The Trust has just under 500 in-patient beds; these are a mix of critical, intensive and high dependency care, general surgery and medicine, maternity, paediatrics and neonatal plus escalation beds used when we are experiencing high demand.

We employ over 3000 staff making us the largest employer in the area. Our staff act as ambassadors for the Trust and are guided by our vision, values and behaviours.
Our Vision is to be outstanding in everything we do, our Values reflect that we care for our patients, each other and ourselves, and our behaviours include showing courtesy and respect, being attentively kind and helpful, providing responsive communication and being effective and professional.
We pride ourselves on our continuing commitment to modernising and improving patient care. As a University Hospital, the Trust trains over one third of the medical students from the University of East Anglia and has a strong national reputation for research and excellence in the quality of training facilities. We have also made huge progress in developing new roles and focussing on a 'Grow Your Own' approach to our staffing.

The hospital is located in Gorleston, a seaside town part way between Lowestoft in Suffolk and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. The wide, sandy beach of Gorleston is a 10-minute walk from the hospital and is easily reachable at lunchtimes or after work. Our local city is Norwich which is full of shops and other entertainment. Public transport links to London are good with trains via Norwich, and Norwich has an international airport. The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are just a short drive away.

Accommodation is available on site for trainee pharmacists who may require it. Alternatively, there is plenty of rental accommodation available locally.
Contact details: Hannah Wicks  Email:

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Work Experience

Trust name: James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Site: James Paget Hospital

  • Are vacation placements offered? YES
  • How many placements? 4-6
  • Length of each placement: One to Two weeks
  • Dates: June to September
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: No - Will accept applications from year 1, 2 and 3 MPharm students

Contact details: Kalvin Scott

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