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Pre-registration Pharmacist Training Programme

The Trust

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has three sites including Russells Hall Hospital, Corbett Outpatient Centre, Guest Outpatient Centre, in addition to community services.

Your training will be based at Russells Hall Hospital which is the largest of our three sites and the Trust’s centre for all inpatient care (approx.700 beds).  Russells Hall, Corbett and Guest are all modern buildings each with their own pharmacy, in a pleasant working environment.

Based in the heart of the Black Country, the Trust serves a population of more than 400,000 in Dudley and the surrounding areas. We are a Foundation Trust and have a teaching status with the University of Birmingham. The hospital provides a full range of secondary care services for the local population and some specialist services for the wider populations of the Black Country and West Midlands.

The Role of Pharmacy

The pharmacy service is provided by over 130 staff. The pharmacy department is state of the art and supported by extensive dispensary automation, which enables the pharmacy team to concentrate on patient-focused clinical services.

We use a number of well-established IT packages throughout the department to help provide an efficient and effective service.  We have well developed speciality services in Aseptics and Medicines Information. Out of hours we have a residency service, so advice and medicines can be provided whenever needed.

The pharmacy staff are friendly and enthusiastic, providing a positive and supportive environment for your learning. The pharmacy department usually organises a number of social and charitable events throughout the year.

The Training Programme

We treat each of our pre-registration trainee pharmacists as an individual.  We will give you a structured programme with a degree of flexibility designed to make your year an enjoyable experience. You will be supported by experienced pre-registration tutors with a good track record of seeing students successfully complete their pre-registration year. We will develop your skills, knowledge and responsibility throughout the year, at a pace that’s appropriate for you. We expect you to show enthusiasm, initiative and commitment to your learning and contribute to the efficient running of the department.

We currently offer two different training programmes:

  • A 52-week training programme in hospital pharmacy which includes a 2-week cross sector training placement in community pharmacy.
  • A split training programme which involves approximately two-thirds of the year within the hospital sector and one-third in General Practice (GP).

The Trust has a focus on interprofessional learning and Better Training Better Care. During your year you will have the opportunity to interact and learn with pre-registration and post-registration medical and nursing colleagues.  You will attend regular regional study days where you will network with other hospital pre-registration trainees from the West Midlands region.

Contact us

The Pharmacy Department, Russells Hall Hospital, Pensnett Road, Dudley, DY1 2HQ

Tel: 01384 456111 ext. 2031


Danielle Stacey – Deputy Chief Pharmacist Medicines Optimisation



Dipesh Patel – Lead Pharmacist Education & Training and Medicines Optimisation