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Pre-Registration Training at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Chesterfield Royal Hospital is happy to announce that it will be offering two types of pre-registration training programme for the 2020 - 2021 training year - our existing 12-month hospital training programme and a new split 6-month hospital/6-month GP practice training programme.

Both programmes include:

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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 


Experience of working in a busy Medicines Information department


Flexible time that allows trainees to revisit or experience areas of interest


Regular meetings with the pharmacy team

Regular meetings with pre-registration trainees and tutors to share practice and keep up-to-date


Monthly clinical seminars led by specialist pharmacists in a range of therapeutic areas

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


Regular regional study days at De Montfort University covering specific areas of the GPhC performance standards and Registration Assessment Framework.  For more information about the regional training programme visit

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, medicines information 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

About our split 6-month hospital/6-month GP practice training programme

This new 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 five GP practices.  At CRH the rotational programme focuses on acute and emergency care as well as other therapeutic areas such as medicine, surgery, medicines information 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 6-month hospital/6-month GP practice training programme rota

How to apply for pre-reg at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

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Applications to all pre-registration 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 Recruitment of NHS Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacists.

The website provides information on the pre-registration application process and recruitment timeline.

Summer placements

In 2020 the department will be offering six 1-week non-paid summer work experience placements to 3rd year undergraduates during summer.  These placements provide the opportunity to experience working in a hospital environment and to discuss the training year with current pre-registration pharmacists and tutors.

For more information about the placements and how to apply please email  The deadline for application submission is Friday 10th January 2020.


Open days

The department will be holding open day sessions in summer 2020.  During the sessions 3rd year undergraduates will have the opportunity to learn more about our pre-registration training programmes and tour the hospital and pharmacy department.  


Further details about the sessions and how to book will be available in April 2020.

Get in touch

Please contact the pharmacy department for more information about the hospital and the pre-registration training programmes that we offer. If you would like to arrange a visit so you can see the hospital and discuss the opportunities that Chesterfield Royal Hospital can provide then please get in touch with:

Pharmacy Department,

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,




S44 5BL

Martin Shepherd

Head of Medicines Management

T: 01246 512150


Debora Gamble

Pre-registration  Pharmacist  Manager

T: 01246 512762