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Foundation training

We offer 3 placements (2 x 12-month hospital placements and 1 x 9-month hospital placement plus 13-weeks in HM Prison Service)

Our trainees are valued members of our team and will have the opportunity to gain experience in the following specialist areas:
•    Inpatient facilities in Norfolk and Suffolk 
•    Home Treatment
•    Psychiatric intensive care unit
•    Older people and dementia
•    Forensic services
•    CAMHS, Mother and Baby/perinatal mental health
•    Medicine information (Mental Health)

The programme consists of three placements:Two placements consist of six months based in Norwich at our Hellesdon Hospital site and six months based in Ipswich at our Woodlands site, with a change in base during the 27th week. The third placement involves 9 months based in Ipswich at Woodland plus 13 weeks in HM Prison Hollesley Bay in Woodbridge (week 14 to week 26).  The Prison placement does necessitate having a car as is impossible to access using public transport.

During your placements you will:
•    Achieve all dispensary competencies either within our mental health trust (or at the prison in the case of the 9-month/3-month placement)
•    Work alongside our specialist clinical pharmacists participating in the multidisciplinary teams on the wards
•    Support and deliver medicines management and clinical services to service users and staff
•    Complete your cross sector placements, a two-week community pharmacy placement.

We hope you will apply to our highly motivated and clinical pharmacy team and we look forward to welcoming you to Norfolk and Suffolk.


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Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact:
Sue Galloway - Foundation training Manager Email: ( Tel: 01603 421212


Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department

We are an award winning pharmacy service, employing  48 staff over three bases : Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich, St Clement’s Hospital in Ipswich and Wedgewood Unit in Bury St Edmunds.
Some of the innovative services offered by our department include a unique lithium database, one-stop clozapine clinics, automated individualised dispensing, peer-reviewed medicines information service, regular patient medicine education sessions, medicines reconciliation and undergraduate teaching at the UEA.

About the Hospital

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) provides inpatient and community based mental health services across Norfolk and Suffolk and is one of the largest mental health care trusts in the country.

In some of our localities, we are also commissioned to provide substance misuse and
learning disability services, along with specialist services such as forensic secure services,
CAMHS Inpatient unit and a mother and baby unit.


Core values

Our values reflect our standards of working positively, respectfully and together.  We strive to support and value everyone while delivering safe and excellent care.



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Work Experience

Trust name: Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Site: Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich

  • Are vacation placements offered?No
  • How many placements? N/A
  • Length of each placement: N/A
  • Dates: N/A
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: N/A

Contact details: Sue Galloway - Foundation training Manager Email: ( Tel: 01603 421212


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