Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Strong clinical emphasis

Training has a strong clinical emphasis which focuses on direct patient care.

Varied training

Rotations include medical specialities, oncology, surgery, orthopaedics, critical care, paediatrics and GP practice.

Next steps

We encourage you to remain after registration to complete a diploma and prescribing qualification.


About Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Chesterfield Royal Hospital is a busy, modern district general hospital with approximately 600 beds.  It provides a full range of acute services which includes:

  • A 24-hour Emergency Department (including dedicated children’s area)
  • Main medical and surgical specialities
  • Intensive Care, High Dependency and Coronary Care Units
  • Specialist children’s services which include acute in-patient wards and out-patient clinics
  • Antenatal services, Birth Centre, maternity ward, neonatal unit and Women’s Health Unit
  • Stroke unit with rehabilitation services
  • A cardiac catheter suite and dedicated endoscopy suite
  • Ten out-patient suites including a rapid access chest pain clinic and eye centre
  • A dedicated chemotherapy unit for solid tumour and haematological cancer.

The hospital continues to invest significantly in the development of new modern facilities for its patients. Over recent years this has produced a new eye centre, dedicated paediatric unit, education centre and additional wards. In Spring 2017 a new state-of-the-art cancer centre will open in collaboration with the Macmillan cancer charity.

Why come to Chesterfield Royal Hospital

  • The pharmacy department is supportive and forward thinking - having won individual and team awards for innovation and clinical excellence in the Trust's staff recognition awards
  • Chesterfield Royal is small enough for you to feel part of the team but large enough to provide diversity and challenges to your work
  • We provide a well structured pre-registration timetable, from induction to registration, which will allow you to build up responsibility and confidence throughout the year

The Training Programme

We usually have 3 (12 month) pre-registration training places.  Exact numbers will be advertised on the ‘National Recruitment Scheme’ website (ORIEL) in June.

The training programme at Chesterfield Royal has been designed specifically to facilitate the transition from student to clinical practitioner in all aspects of hospital pharmacy practice.  We aim:

  • To provide an environment with a strong clinical emphasis and focus on direct patient-care
  • To give you regular protected time for personal development
  • To gradually increase your level of responsibility, tailored to your abilities
  • To provide layers of support including rotational supervisors and mentors in addition to your personal tutor
  • To provide personalised support in preparation for the registration exam

The training programme covers a wide range of therapeutics and medicines management areas, largely comprising an induction period followed by rotations through medical specialities, oncology, surgery, orthopaedics, critical care, paediatrics, aseptics, medicines information and GP practice. Towards the end of the year, trainees are given responsibility for their own patients under the direction of a registered pharmacist, and flexible time allows you to revisit or experience areas of interest.

Trainees also attend monthly clinical tutorial sessions and regular regional training days ensure all aspects of the exam syllabus are covered.


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