Pharmacy training at



Our pre-reg programme includes rotation through a variety of placements in different sectors of practice. There is also a clinical rotation programme and trainees will have the opportunity work with both specialist pharmacists and technicians to deliver a high quality service including medicines reconciliation.  A two week placement in community pharmacy is also offered. In addition to a regional programme of eight study days, there are six local clinical study days which are always highly rated by participants.

How many roles are available and where are they based?

We support two trainees each year who will primarily work from the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool in a range of clinical specialties.  Our pre reg pharmacists will also spend two weeks on a cross-sector placement in a local community pharmacy.




Exam success rates

100% pass rate over the last 10 years

What makes us special?


The department employs over 100 staff and includes a range of specialties including:


  • Clinical services

  • Medicines information

  • Dispensary services

  • Procurement

  • Distribution and logistics


We also run an insourced outpatient pharmacy and aseptic service, providing ward-based dispensing and counseling for patient discharge delivered by a closely collaborating team. Our aseptic services team dispenses approximately 12,000 parenteral items annually.


We are also currently rolling out a programme for installing Omnicell® automated stock management systems throughout the trust.  Our department is affiliated to Durham University School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health and regularly hosts students on placements, along with contributing to undergraduate Inter-Professional Learning for medics, nurses and pharmacists.


As a trust, we host the regional ‘quality control laboratory service’ and the ‘specialist regional procurement service’ and are a national pilot site for GS1/PEPPOL (Scan4Safety).


Our pre-reg trainees have weekly meetings with their pre-registration tutors and a programme of clinic and specialist care visits is provided throughout the pre-registration year. Students complete an annually updated comprehensive clinical workbook. Regular educational meetings are held jointly for pre-registration and junior pharmacists. Research interests are pursued through a managed framework in the department.


On-site accommodation is usually available on request.




Job opportunities


The pharmacy service is continually reviewed with ensuing job opportunities. Pharmacists are offered the opportunity to start a Clinical Pharmacy Diploma in their first year post-registration. Support is also provided for pharmacists undertaking the Independent Prescribing course.




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