Pharmacist Foundation Training at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital is happy to announce that it will be offering two types of pharmacist foundation training programmes for the 2023 - 2024 training year - our 12-month hospital training programme and a split 7-month hospital/5-month GP practice training programme.

Both programmes include:

Pharmacist and Dr reviewing patient

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A strong clinical emphasis and focus on direct patient-centred care


A well-structured rotational timetable to support learning and build confidence


Working with pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in core and specialist therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular, respiratory, stroke, surgery, orthopaedics, critical care and paediatrics


Opportunity to experience specialist pharmacist roles with our large cohort of independent pharmacist prescribers

A regular dispensary commitment 


Medicines Information training


Flexibility that allows trainees to revisit or experience areas of interest


Regular meetings with the pharmacy team

Regular meetings with trainee pharmacists and designated supervisors to share practice and keep up-to-date

Regular workshops aimed at preparing trainees for future practice and the GPhC registration assessment 


A foundation year training programme provided by Health Education England which complements the work-based training and covers specific areas of the GPhC learning outcomes and Registration Assessment Framework.  The programme also includes regular clinical seminars in a range of therapeutic areas. 

About our 12-month hospital training programme

The hospital training programme has been designed specifically to facilitate the transition from student to clinical practitioner in all aspects of hospital pharmacy practice.  The rotational programme covers a wide range of therapeutics and medicines management areas, largely comprising an induction period followed by rotations through medical specialities, oncology, palliative care, emergency care, surgery, orthopaedics, critical care, paediatrics, aseptics plus a short placement in GP practice.  Towards the end of the year trainees are given responsibility for their own patients under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.

Example 12-month hospital training programme rota


Photos: Trevor Smith Photography

About our split 7-month hospital/5-month GP practice training programme

This programme is a split post between Chesterfield Royal Hospital (CRH) and Royal Primary Care, the Trust's Division of Primary Care, which is comprised of multiple GP practices.  At CRH the rotational programme focuses on acute and emergency care as well as other therapeutic areas such as medicine, surgery and paediatrics.  In primary care, trainees have the opportunity to learn alongside the multi-disciplinary team, developing skills in patient consultation, medicines optimisation and review.  The training programme is designed to develop clinical practitioners with the experience and skills to work across healthcare settings, effectively supporting patients and responding to the challenges faced by the profession today.

Example split 7-month hospital/5-month GP Practice training programme rota

How to apply for pharmacist foundation training at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Applications to all foundation training hospital places in England and Wales (including split programmes) are via the National Recruitment Scheme run by Health Education England (HEE) - using the ORIEL IT system.  For more information visit National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment.

The website provides information on the foundation training application process and recruitment timeline.

Summer placement opportunity 2022

The pharmacy department will be offering two-day unpaid vocational placements to 3rd year pharmacy undergraduates during summer 2022.

Day 1

  • Introduction to the hospital and department 

  • Tour of the department

  • Introduction to the foundation year training programme and post-registration opportunities

  • Trainee pharmacist-led ward orientation/tour of the hospital

Day 2

  • Clinical ward visits with pharmacists

Placements will take place on Tuesday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday of the weeks commencing 13th June, 20th June and 11th July 2022.

To apply please send a letter of interest (to include a statement explaining why you would like the placement and your availability) to Debora Gamble, Pharmacy Education Co-ordinator, Pharmacy Department, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5BL, or emailed to

Please note, a CV will not be required or taken into consideration as part of the application.

The deadline for applications is Friday 29th April 2022.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.  Successful candidates will be contacted in early May 2022.

Get in touch

Please contact the pharmacy department for more information about the hospital and the pharmacist foundation training programmes that we offer. If you would like to discuss the opportunities that Chesterfield Royal Hospital can provide then please get in touch with:

Debora Gamble

Pharmacy Education Co-ordinator

T: 01246 513425


Pharmacy Department,

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,




S44 5BL