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  • Harrogate and District

    NHS Foundation Trust


    Pharmacist Training

    Kirsty Cavill (kirsty.cavill@hdft.nhs.uk)

    Pre-Registration Manager

  • Introduction

    Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust is a forward thinking organisation. We aim to be the first choice for patients by working together for excellent health care.

    It is a district hospital providing acute services to a population of 150,000. The hospital has 280 beds and provides services to a community hospital, paediatrics, cancer services, general medicine, surgery, ITU/HDU, urology and orthopaedics. The hospital has introduced electronic medicine charts across all ward areas.

    It is situated within easy access of Leeds and York and the Yorkshire Dales and has excellent motorway, rail and air links.

    Promoting and achieving excellence, value and safety for our patients through innovation in medicines management

    The Pharmacy department has 60 members of staff. The services we provide comprise of clinical ward visits, ward rounds, near patient dispensing, clinics including diabetic hypertension clinics, warfarin clinics, and surgical pre assessment clinics, Medicines Information and Aseptics.

    We also provide patient education services in pulmonary rehab and cardiology and neurology.

    Posts offered At any one time HDFT trains 3 pre-registration pharmacists. This is made up of;

    1 pre-regs undertaking a 12 month placement with HDFT

    1 split placement between HDFT and the Haxby GP group (see below for further information)

    1 placement for Bradford university undergraduates who are undertaking the sandwich programme

    Information regarding posts We have a well-structured timetable and training file which covers all aspects of hospital pharmacy.

    Rotations include: Surgery including pre-admission clinics, Medicine including the admission unit and discharge planning, Care of the Elderly including stroke, Paediatrics, Medicines Information, Mental Health, Aseptics, Chemotherapy & TPN as well as outpatient and inpatient dispensing.

    Time will be organised for you to spend time in pharmacy led clinics and pharmacy led patient education sessions.

    Opportunities to spend time with other health care professionals e.g. specialist nurses will be organised.

    You will also spend time with the pharmacist who visits the local Hospice and the community hospital.

    On a Wednesday afternoon pre-registration trainee pharmacists meet their tutor, attend tutorials and have allocated directed study time. There is the opportunity to attend in house CPD meetings. A cross-sector placement in community pharmacy is arranged for the full-year trainees. Our Preregistration trainee pharmacists attend the regional training programme at the University of Leeds.

  • Whilst there is a structured training programme, we will be flexible to suit your interests and learning needs.

    In 2016 /17 we started to provided a joint placement with a GP Practice, the Haxby Group Practice. A trainee spent 3 months with the Practice Pharmacist:

    Information from the Haxby Group Practice:

    We are a forward thinking organisation, aiming to deliver a caring quality service. We have 6 branches across the York area, serving a population of 32,000 patients. We are at the forefront of innovation within primary care workforce diversification, developing new roles for clinicians not traditionally associated with General Practice.

    You will work closely with our Practice Pharmacist, to experience the role of a practice based pharmacist. You will also have opportunity to participate in clinic reviews of usage of medicines for our rural dispensing patients, help at patient education events, and participate in chronic disease management clinics, including diabetes, hypertension, asthma and COPD. We would offer you opportunities to spend time in clinic with our GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Nurses and allied Primary Care Clinicians, and can also offer you cross sector placements in the busy, forward thinking community pharmacy attached to the surgery. Whilst there is a structured training programme, we will be flexible to suit your interests and learning needs.

    Other useful information

    For further details of HDFT please visit; www.hdft.nhs.uk

    The hospital is situated within a mile of the town centre. Harrogate is placed between the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales

    The town itself has a good nightlife with plenty of bars and a wide variety of restaurants. There are several sports centres, spas, theatres, a climbing wall and a cinema. Being close to the countryside there are many outdoor activities within a short distance such as walking, climbing and mountain biking.

    Harrogate has a regular bus service and trains to Leeds and York. It is well placed for access to the A1 /M1 and M62. Leeds Bradford airport is within a half hour drive which also has a regular bus service from the town.

    Accommodation can be provided on site if required. It is the trainees responsibility to arrange this. We can help with the details.

    Weekend/Late night working

    Hours of work are generally; 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday.

    All pre-registration pharmacists are expected to work a 5 hour shift on at least 2 weekends through the year

    All pre-regs are expected to work a late night occasionally throughout the year. The hours on a late night are 10.30am-7pm


  • Open days Open days for interested students will be held in April and June. Please contact Kirsty Cavill (kirsty.cavill@hdft.nhs.uk) for further information regarding these events.


  • Sample Pre-registration Pharmacist Timetable

    Example of Timetable January-July 2016


    Week Number Week Commencing

    Location Contact

    AM PM

    27 & 28 18/1/16 & 25/1/16 MEDICINE(Granby)/ CROSS SECTOR

    Outpatients/ CROSS SECTOR

    29 & 30 1/2/16 & 8/2/16 CROSS SECTOR/ MEDICINE (AMU/CCU))

    CROSS SECTOR/ Outpatients

    31 & 32 15/2/16 & 22/2/16 MEDICINE (Granby)+ clinical trials 22/2/16


    33 & 34 29/2/16 & 7/3/16 ELDERLY Inpatients

    35 & 36 14/3/16 & 21/3/16 ELDERLY Inpatients

    37 & 38 28/2/16 & 4/4/16 SURGERY Inpatients

    39 & 40 11/4/16 & 18/4/16 SURGERY Inpatients

    41 & 42 (APPRAISAL)

    25/4/16 & 2/5/16 Paeds/MI Inpatients

    43 & 44 9/5/16 & 16/5/16 SURGERY Outpatients

    45 & 46 23/5/16 & 30/5/16 ITU/ PREASSESSMENT

    EXAM PREP + Disp 4.30-5.30

    47 & 48 6/6/16 & 13/6/16 ELDERLY

    EXAM PREP + Disp 4.30-5.30

    49 & 50 20/6/16 & 27/6/16 MEDICINE (Granby) CATT (meds rec)

    51 & 52 4/7/16 & 11/7/16 SURGERY Outpatients

    Regional Study days: Jan 20th, March 15th-17th, May 17th-19th, June 15th

  • Tuesday Afternoon Tutorial Sample Timetable


    Date Subject Tutor 20th Jan Regional study day Careers and interview support 27th Jan Interpreting blood results 3rd Feb Prescription screening 10th Feb Bradford 5th year regional study day 17th Feb Warfarin 24th Feb Professionalism 2nd March Controlled Drugs 16th March Errors 16th March Regional Study Day Pharmacy practice in community and primary care 24th March Antibiotics 30th March Elderly Care 6th April Insulin Therapy (Diabetes) 13th April Drugs in Renal Disease 20th April Health & Safety/IT chemotherapy 27th April Cancer and chemotherapy 4th May Adverse Drug Reactions 11th May Mock Exam 18th May Regional Study day 25th May Preparing for the exam 8th June Paediatric issues and calculations 15th June Regional Study Day The timetable may be subject to change and tutorials may be subject to a change of venue. The Meeting room is booked from 2pm- 5pm. This allows for the tutorial and study time. Attendance is compulsory for all pre registration students In addition there are some TRUST study days we will flag up for you to attend if relevant.


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