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Date: 12 June 2021

Time: 12:31

Undergraduate summer placements

About Pharmacy at UHB (Heartlands, Good Hope, QEHB and Solihull hospitals)

Pharmacy has close links with all clinical services and dedicated clinical pharmacists work closely with each specialty. Pharmacy involvement at ward level is aimed at promoting safe, effective and economical use of drugs. Activities include a prescription monitoring service, adverse events reporting, and the provision of specialist counselling on drug therapy. As well as clinical ward services the pharmacy department produces a medicines information service, aseptic reconstitution service, radiopharmaceuticals, procurement services and a large clinical trials department.

Vacation placements

The Pharmacy Department takes pride in the extensive range of undergraduate vacation programs on offer. Each of our programs are supported by a timetable, workbook and activity sheets. This allows students to experience a variety of pharmacy activities that are aligned to the experience level of the student and the future expectations of a career in hospital pharmacy. Students are supported by a senior member of staff during their placement. Students who complete their program to a satisfactory level are awarded a certificate of achievement which can be used in their personal portfolios.

Placements at Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull (HGS)

HGS offer 9 placements (3 students on each site) for 2-3 weeks to 3rd year Pharmacy Undergraduate students, from June to September. Students will be given a timetable of activities, workbook and a pharmacy supervisor. This allows students to experience a variety of pharmacy activities that are appropriate for students and their future expectations of a career in hospital pharmacy.

3rd year placements: Clinical (2–3 week unpaid placement)
Number of placements 9
Placement start dates June – September
Placement duration Two to three weeks

Students will follow a comprehensive programme which highlights the broad range of specialities across the three sites. You will have a base site at one of the three hospitals where you will participate in clinical visits to wards and dispensary duties. You will also have the opportunity travel to different sites to spend time in pharmacist-led clinics, medicines information, clinical trials and aseptic services to experience specialist services across our three sites. There may also be visits to other non-pharmacy areas to give an overview of the Trust and hospital working in general. We strive to support and develop students in their future career as a hospital pharmacist. Placements will also include an audit, research or project element. This contributes to the Trust’s research agenda and continual evaluation of service provision.

QEHB placements

3rd year placements: Clinical (2–3 week unpaid placement)
Number of placements 4 (two in June, two in July)
Placement start dates To be confirmed 
Placement duration Two to three weeks

Students will follow a comprehensive programme which highlights the broad range of specialities within the Trust and includes clinical visits to wards, pharmacist-led clinics, medicines information and clinical trials. There may also be visits to other non-pharmacy areas to give a well rounded view of the Trust and hospital working in general. Placements aim to enhance students existing skills in a dynamic clinically driven environment. Placements will also contain an audit, research or project element. This contributes to the research objectives of the department and the ongoing evaluation of service provision.

2nd year placements: Aseptics and Quality Assurance (2–3 week unpaid placement)
Number of placements 4 (two in June, two in July)
Placement start dates To be confirmed
Placement duration Two to three weeks

Students will work with the quality assurance and aseptic teams in our off site manufacturing unit (Kings Norton). The placement will give an insight into clean room activities and quality assurance processes to meet the interests of the student. There will be a small project component under the supervision of a senior member of staff. Some time will be spent at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital shadowing pharmacists on related wards and pharmacist led clinics. The placement aims to give students a good grounding in the principles, practice and utilisation of skill mix in both aseptics and quality assurance.

How to apply

Recruitment to all vacation placement programs follows an application and interview process in line with the trust’s selection and recruitment policy.

Before applying, students should note the interview date listed and the possible start dates of the programs available. Both interview and placement start dates are fixed due to the other commitments of recruiting staff and the intake of other programs of study in the department.

Applications for Summer 2022 will open in October/November 2021.

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