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East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (Ipswich Hospital)

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Foundation training

We offer 4 placements

Our foundation trainee pharmacists are a valued and essential part of our time, who each undertake a structured rotational programme, supported by dedicated and experienced tutors.  There is a high level of investment in education and training of foundation pharmacists and this investment has generated high calibre pharmacists who have continued to work at Ipswich Hospital and become specialist pharmacists.
With equal dedication and commitment throughout the training year you will:

•    Develop essential skills in all areas of the pharmacy department and pharmacy practice including training in our regional medicines information service and licensed pharmacy manufacturing unit.
•    Develop clinical pharmacy skills and knowledge by undertaking clinical rotations throughout the year in surgery, general medicine, cardiology and complex elderly care.
•    Undertake a 2 week placement in a local community pharmacy and spend time shadowing local CCG pharmacists.
•    Be responsible for developing work experience programmes and mentoring work experience students in the pharmacy department.
•    Participate in a wide range of in-house tutorials during the year to complement practice and develop awareness of current affairs in the pharmaceutical profession,  debate ethical dilemmas in relation to law and ethics, develop interpersonal and communication skills, undertake responding to symptoms exercises, clinically screen prescriptions in a simulated environment, undertake medicines information exercises and discuss management related scenarios.
•    Participate in the UEA regional study programme.


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Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact:
Chris Galloway ( or Tel. no. 01473 704098

Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation department
•    To continually review and improve services to meet patients' and other users’ needs.
•    To embed Medicines Optimisation across the Trust to ensure safe, effective and optimal use of medicines.
•    To provide a comprehensive range of specialist services utilising the skills, knowledge and expertise of pharmacy staff.

Overview of activities
We believe we have a progressive and responsive Pharmacy team that is developing pharmaceutical and medicines optimisation services.
A comprehensive range of pharmaceutical services is provided from the main pharmacy including a well-respected clinical pharmacy service, an automated dispensing and stock distribution system, lead manufacturing unit for East Anglia and on-site East Anglia.


East Anglia Medicines Information Service.

We also have a modern state-of-the-art chemotherapy preparation unit based in a satellite unit in the Oncology centre. We have a wholesale dealer’s licence, manufacturing licence, Home Office licence and are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a registered premises.

Our team consists of approximately 125 staff members (110 whole time equivalents) including Pharmacy porters, assistants, clerical and laboratory staff and registered pharmacy technicians and pharmacists. The department is keen to support development opportunities for staff to undertake extended roles and higher levels of practice. There is a well-developed in-house training programme for all staff.

The service is well respected throughout the Trust and many of our staff work closely with other departments and clinical specialities.  We have a strategy for Medicines Optimisation with a Medicines Optimisation Committee that meets every month. We provide a 7-day service with clinical pharmacy teams working on some wards at the weekend.

Our Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit (PMU) has a team of pharmacists, technicians and assistants dedicated to the manufacture of high quality medicinal products to support clinical care within the NHS.  Our unit has been designated as a lead manufacturing facility in the East of England as part of the national strategy for modernisation of hospital manufacturing services.  We are licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for the manufacture of special medicinal products ('specials') and investigational medicinal products (IMPs) for use in clinical trials.


About the Hospital


Ipswich is a large university town close to the Suffolk heritage coast and offers good transport links to London and other main routes. Ipswich Hospital is an acute 600 bed district general hospital situated near the town centre. The Trust has a catchment population of approximately 390,000, with typically a higher than average older population.  There are almost 8,000 people a day on the hospital site, which covers 46 acres.  Striving for excellence is the focus of all the work within the Trust. The hospital has recently been designated as ‘good’ overall by the CQC (with some areas ‘outstanding’), putting it in the top 30% in the country.


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Work Experience

Trust name: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (Ipswich Hospital)

Site: Ipswich Hospital

  • Are vacation placements offered? YES
  • How many placements? Approximately 6 placements
  • Length of each placement: One week
  • Dates: Early June onwards (Easter also considered)
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: None

Contact details: Chris Galloway ( Tel: 01473 704098

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