University Hospitals of the North Midlands is a very large teaching
hospital based on two sites, the Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke on
Trent and the County Hospital in Stafford. The Trust provides a
full range of general acute hospital services for approximately 700,000
people living in and around Staffordshire and beyond and is a major trauma
center providing trauma services for three million people in a wider area,
including neighbouring counties and North Wales.
Specialised services include cancer diagnosis and treatment, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, renal and dialysis services, neonatal intensive care and paediatric intensive care. The trust is recognised for particular expertise in trauma, respiratory conditions, spinal surgery, upper gastro-intestinal surgery, complex orthopaedic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and the management of liver conditions. The Trust has some of the most modern operating theatres in Europe.
The Pharmacy at the Royal Stoke Hospital serves the largest site and is a brand new state of the art facility. The Pharmacy at the County Hospital has recently been refurbished and provides an in-patient and outpatient service.
Richard, Senior Specialist Pharmacist in Neurology, on one of our modern, purpose built wards
The pre-registration training is designed to ensure that students can develop from a graduate to a confident, capable registered pharmacist. We provide a stimulating environment with variety and challenges. Pre- regs feel supported and valued by the whole pharmacy team and this gives them the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to become a successful pharmacist. In the ever changing world of the NHS it is essential that, in addition to clinical knowledge and skills, pre-regs learn to work safely and efficiently under pressure, can adapt to changing circumstances and develop resilience. The pre-registration programme at UHNM offers a supportive environment so that pre-regs have exposure to the real and current issues that may be a risk to patients and are involved in developing and rolling out the solutions. Being in a team of pre-registration students, amongst a large number of junior pharmacists, offers the pre-regs the benefit of excellent peer support.
The rotation provides opportunity to gain clinical knowledge and skills in a variety of specialities including acute admissions, respiratory, cardiology, renal, neurology, paediatrics and specialised surgery. Students will rotate between the Royal Stoke (10 months) and County Hospital (2 months) sites. Students get the benefit of learning in a very busy environment as well as a more personal quieter environment which is ideal for learning and growing professionally.
We have a programme of teaching sessions specifically designed for the Pre-registration students led by the specialist lead pharmacists. Topics covered are wide and varied and include cardiology, haematology, neurology and renal. The sessions cover the aspects junior pharmacists will need to consider when reviewing patients' medicines and explore the practical issues involved in the context of patient case examples. In addition pre-registation students are encouraged to attend the regular education sessions delivered for the pharmacists and are invited to the weekly grand round. Pre-registration students attend some of the prescribing workshops for the junior doctors led by the Trust Medication Safety Officer.
The Medicines Information rotation provides students with the skills to respond to enquiries about medicines from healthcare professionals and patients and students are encouraged to develop their written work as well as listening and advising.
Kay, Pharmacy Assistant, dispensing in our modern, purpose built dispensary
The Pharmacy manufacturing unit is a MHRA licensed unit and pre-regs have the opportunity to experience manufacturing of total parenteral nutrition (TPN), chemotherapy and non-sterile manufacturing and the clinical aspects attached to them.
The Pharmacy at the Royal Stoke hospital has a wholesaler dealer licence and pre-regs have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the supply chain of medicines, from procurement to goods receipt and stock management dispensing and checking. It is vital that students are aware of the whole process so that they can utilise the knowledge and skills for problem solving in real life scenarios.
The Pharmacy at the County Hospital is a registered pharmacy and dispenses outpatient medicines to a wide variety of specialist clinics. This gives the students an excellent opportunity to gain the necessary experience of out-patient dispensing and counselling of patients required by the GPhC standards.
Living in Staffordshire
Staffordshire offers a broad range of contrasting landscapes from the rugged natural beauty of the Peak District to the world famous pottery industry; from the bustling city of Stoke on Trent, busy market towns and rural villages to the rolling farmlands. Staffordshire is a county that offers a modern way of life yet also maintains its links with tradition.
Conveniently situated in the middle of England, Staffordshire has excellent links with most major UK cities. With easy motorway access, intercity trains to almost every major city and within easy driving distance to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and East Midlands international airports, Staffordshire is a great place to be located.
Staffordshire is packed with world-class attractions and things to do. The region boasts two of the UK's best theme parks, Alton Towers Resort and Drayton Manor, and is well served by a number of theatres, cinemas, clubs, pubs and an outstanding range of award winning restaurants. From outdoor adventure in our stunning countryside of crags, limestone dales and forest tracks to shopping in our major shopping centres or a wide variety of sports for men and women. The hospital has its own staff orchestra and choir which offers a great opportunity for multidisciplinary socialising.