Pharmacy at Frimley Health
Frimley Health has a large Pharmacy, with staff based across three main Trust sites – Frimley Park Hospital, Wexham Park Hospital and Heatherwood Hospital , offering the opportunity to develop skills and careers as Pharmacy Assistants, Technicians and Pharmacists as well as in Procurement and Clerical roles.
Staff also visit peripheral units covered by the Trust, such as hospices and outside hospitals to provide patient care and stock replenishment services.
It’s an exciting time to start a career with us - a forward-thinking and innovative Trust where we continually seek to make the most of new practices and procedures to enhance the service we offer to our patients and colleagues. We are currently developing an apprenticeship scheme which will offer more opportunities within the Pharmacy.
With up to 250 people working across the full spectrum of pharmacy roles, we offer a perfect opportunity to train and develop your role in the direction you would like, wherever you are in your career.
Our Pharmacy Assistants provide vital support to other pharmacy professionals and work across areas including the dispensary, aseptic services and ward services. Career progression can include becoming a Senior Assistant or entering into training as a Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (providing entry criteria are met).
Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians enjoy a two-year work-based training programme, attending college or completing a distance learning programme, to complete an underpinning knowledge qualification, and undertaking assessment in the workplace to complete an additional vocational qualification.
Our registered Technicians can be found in traditional pharmacy roles such as labelling and dispensing prescriptions and at the very forefront of patient care, working at the patient’s bedside to ensure medicines are used safely and efficiently. They can also be found in production areas where medicines are manufactured and in more specialist roles such as patient clinics, clinical trials, education and training, research, procurement and IT. Training doesn’t stop when you qualify. The department offers a comprehensive competency programme and ongoing training to fulfil roles such as accuracy checking of prescriptions and medicines management (ward based) roles.
Pre-Registration Pharmacists who need to complete 12 months of training following the completion of their Master of Pharmacy undergraduate degree will generally undertake rotations through a range of specialities which may include mental health, community pharmacy, medicines information and aseptics. Your career in hospital pharmacy then normally start as a band 6 clinical diploma pharmacist post, although we also currently offer some posts which include qualification as an independent prescriber upon completion of the diploma.
Our Pharmacists are registered professionals who rotate through a variety of different specialities. Training provides a foundation in clinical knowledge and its application in general medicine and general surgery, and they have a choice of working in medicines information, aseptics or critical care. Pharmacists can continue to enhance their specialist knowledge by training in cardiology, respiratory, paediatrics and antimicrobial stewardship.
Finally, following successful completion of the clinical diploma, pharmacists may train as independent prescribers, which enables them to run clinics, write discharge prescriptions as well as inpatient prescribing.
Sumbal Chaudhry, education and training pharmacist