Pharmacy training at



City Hospitals Sunderland offers a comprehensive structured rotational training programme that covers all aspects of hospital pharmacy.

What we offer

During your time with us you will experience:


  • Clinical services encompassing integrated medicines management and electronic prescribing (including medicines reconciliation and review, patient counseling)

  • Responsibility for delivery of outpatient warfarin counseling clinics

  • Dispensary work including completion of dispensary accuracy and checking accuracy logs, dispensing of oral chemotherapy and clinical trials

  • Production unit including aseptic and non-sterile manufacturing

  • Medicines information

  • Community cross sector experience

  • Provision of supported technical activities


Development is further supported by in-house training sessions, self-directed study time and regionally organised training courses. Pre-regs are also supported by a named tutor, rotation and project supervisors, pre-registration manager and a wide range of experienced staff. Pre-regs independently contribute to patient care within the early stages of training by providing warfarin counseling clinics and supporting technical led services to a short stay clinical area.


We offer a highly successful varied training programme that supports pre-registration trainee development into safe, competent and independent pharmacists.




Exam success rates

Our pre-registration trainees have a 100% success rate for the GPhC registration exam.

How many roles are available and where are they based?


We support a minimum of eight trainees each year and training is provided at Sunderland Royal Hospital as well as at our specialist ophthalmology hospital, Sunderland Eye Infirmary.


City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation trust provides a wide range of services to a local population of approximately 350,000 but more specialised services are provided to patients outside this locality. CHS is a global digital exemplar site and initially the only trust within the North-East to be named to pioneer use of digital technology to drive patient improvements.


What makes us special?

Our pharmacy department is a progressive, forward thinking and supportive team of professionals comprising of over 80 pharmacists and pre-registration graduates with a large team of technical and support staff. A comprehensive range of pharmaceutical services is provided seven days a week at Sunderland Royal Hospital and we combine operational and clinical processes, using technology and automation, to ensure complete pharmaceutical care is delivered effectively for patients.


Great emphasis is placed on clinical pharmacy where 90 per cent of junior pharmacists’ time is spent undertaking patient focused activities. We are the top trust nationally for hours spent on wards per week. Experience is gained in a wide range of specialties including:


  • emergency care

  • surgery

  • trauma and orthopaedics

  • care of the elderly

  • medicine specialties


Pharmacists also manage a busy outpatient anti-coagulation service.  Our roles are increasingly diverse with many advanced practitioners and specialists delivering wide ranging and innovative services. We have many specialist independent prescribers undertaking outpatient clinics and prescribing within inpatient clinical areas.


Other services provided include those from the ‘licensed manufacturing unit’ with aseptic and non-sterile services, medicines information and automated dispensing services.  Automated dispensing is now part of service provision within Sunderland Royal Hospital and electronic prescribing is used throughout the trust. The department works in partnership with the University of Sunderland and we host undergraduate student placements and facilitate inter-professional learning for students across disciplines. Research and audit within the department is well supported by the research and audit group and we have research links with the University of Sunderland.




Job opportunities


In practice, more than 80% of our pre-registration graduates remain with the trust to complete their three year foundation training programme that includes the completion of a Clinical Diploma at Sunderland University. This course includes advanced clinical and diagnostic skills along with an independent prescribing qualification.




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