Pharmacy training at



North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has a well-established rotational training programme that is mapped to the GPhC performance standards as well as the registration assessment framework. We have two training places each year.

What we offer

We encourage our students to develop independent learning skills but ensure that effective supervision and personal support is provided. Time is allocated each week to meet with your tutor as well as a half day for directed learning.

Exam success rates

95% over the last 15 years

What makes us special?


As a relatively small department we are able to provide training that is tailored to individuals’ needs and learning style, progressively challenging our pre-registration pharmacists to deal with more complex situations and take on more responsibility. Ultimately providing our pre-registration pharmacists with the practical knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to facilitate the transition from student to practising pharmacist.


Training locations

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute hospital services at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.


Our pre-registration pharmacists’ are based at The Cumberland Infirmary site. Clinical specialities provided by the Trust include Cardiology, Emergency Assessment Units (Medical and Surgical), Elderly care, Gastroenterology, General surgery, Intensive Treatment Unit, Neurology/Neuro rehabilitation, Orthopaedics, Renal Unit, Paediatrics/Special Care Baby Unit, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention lab, Respiratory, Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and Women’s Health.


Our training programme ensures that you will gain a broad experience of hospital pharmacy, spending time in distribution, dispensary, our newly commissioned aseptic services suite and ward-based clinical pharmacy in addition to undertaking a two week placement in community pharmacy.

Job opportunities


Although the possibility of future job opportunities is difficult to predict as a department we have a large proportion of pharmacists who have completed their pre-registration training with us.


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