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Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT (CUH) Addenbrooke's Hospital

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Foundation training

We offer 11 placements (8x 12-month hospital placements. 2x6-month hospital placements plus 6-month placemeents at Granta Primary Care Network. 1 split post with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust  (6-month/6-month split)).

A foundation trainee’s day is divided into two parts, with half of the day in an allocated area of the Pharmacy department and half of the day undertaking clinical duties.  Trainees rotate through a variety of departments within the pharmacy to gain experience in both technical and professional aspects of hospital pharmacy.  This can include the inpatient dispensary, distribution, Medicines Information and clinical trials.  
Whilst on the wards, supervision and support is provided by experienced clinical pharmacists and follows a comprehensive clinical pharmacy training programme.  Clinical rotations include surgery, medicine, neurology, paediatrics and admissions unit.  We also arrange for trainees to shadow senior pharmacists in specialist clinical areas such as transplant or critical care

The foundation training programme is continually reviewed and developed in response to both trainee feedback and the national agenda for pharmacy.  Specific examples include:

  • the leadership rotation in which trainees gain greater understanding of Trust-wide issues and undertake specific project work in conjunction with the Pharmacy senior management team.
  • an extended 8-week rotation is undertake by 12 month trainees.  This allows the opportunity to gain more detailed knowledge and skills in a specific area and incorporates clinical work and an audit.  These rotations are reviewed annually and options can include oncology, paediatrics, emergency department and recently introduced rotations in primary care based in Cambridge GP practices.


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Contact Us

For more information or to arrange an informal visit contact:
Gill Shelton (foundation training manager) (

Comments from current trainees

The Pharmacy department

Our progressive and friendly pharmacy department consists of approximately 250 staff. The department provides the following services: clinical pharmacy services, dispensary, Medicines Information, aseptics (TPN and oncology), quality assurance, clinical trials dispensary and stores.  We have many specialist pharmacists and a number of consultant pharmacists working across the Trust in a broad range of clinical areas.


About the Hospital


Located on the Cambridge Biomedical Research Campus, Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is one of the largest and best known Trusts in the country. The Trust delivers care through Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie maternity unit.  CUH is also a leading national centre for a range of specialist treatments; one of only five academic health science centres in the UK, and a prominent university teaching hospital with a worldwide reputation. Building on these different elements, CUH’s vision is to be one of the best academic healthcare organisations in the world.  Addenbrooke’s Hospital has approximately 1,100 inpatient beds for a wide range of clinical areas including surgery, medicine, paediatrics, neurology, transplant, critical care, infectious diseases and oncology.

In 2014, CUH was the first UK NHS Trust to implement an innovative digital transformation programme – eHospital.  This Trust-wide, advanced digital system is used on a daily basis by pharmacy staff and in conjunction with dispensary robotics has delivered a significant reduction in dispensing times.  Foundation taining pharmacists are fully trained in the use of the eHospital system

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Cambridge University Hospitals

Site: Addenbrooke’s Hospital Joint recruitment with Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital

  • Are vacation placements offered? YES
  • How many placements? 2 placements
  • Length of each placement: Two weeks
  • Dates: TBC
  • Restrictions as to who can apply: Third year MPharm students only

Please send your application to the co-ordinator for all four sites

Contact details: Jade Darler (

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All band 6 pharmacist posts at this hospital are advertised on:


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