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Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust

Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust

The Hospital / Training Premises

Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust (BCHC) is a Community NHS Trust which is offering a very different type of pre-registration experience than your typical hospital. The Trust is a unique combination of settings compromising of hospitals coupled with services delivered within the community. The organisation spans a large geographical area- Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull. BCHC will provide the following types of service for the successful candidate to work within: Adult, Community, Children’s, Learning Disabilities, Rehabilitation and Dental.

The Trust has three hospitals – Moseley Hall which specialises in Elderly care, Stroke and has the Inpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Unit- a specialist centre for people with disabilities resulting from neurological conditions; West Heath Hospital focuses on Elderly Care, Dementia Care, Orthopaedic rehab and Palliative/End-of-life care; finally the Birmingham Dental Hospital and the Community Dental Clinics. We also have Intermediate Care Units which support rehabilitation of patients and link closely with community pharmacies and a team of GPs.

The Pharmacy Department

We are a friendly team consisting of 17 Pharmacy staff spread across the Trust over the different services (Hospital, Learning Disabilities, Community Health and Intermediate Care). The Community Hospitals, Moseley Hall and West Heath are served by two pharmacy teams which the trainee will rotate through to hone their dispensing and checking skills. They will spend time with each pharmacist to gain a comprehensive insight into each of the clinical areas which the trust specialises in.

There are expert pharmacists, nurses and technicians working within Medicines Management Team which the trainee will have the opportunity to shadow.

The Training Programme

In addition to spending time within the two Community Hospitals and Medicines Management, the trainee will shadow key allied healthcare professionals in community based services such as District Nursing, Musculoskeletal Clinic, Physiotherapy, Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy, Pain Service and other areas. Our organisation has over 600 Non-Medical Nurse Prescribers, Specialist Nurse Prescribers and Pharmacist Prescribers and it is expected the trainee will have the opportunity to work alongside some of them.

The team are committed to keeping up to date and hold regular “learning at lunch” sessions which the trainee will attend and also contribute towards in order to develop their presentation skills. They will gain experience in the key principles of Medicines Management from a governance assurance and patient safety aspect through attendance at various committee meetings. This will provide good insight into how decisions are debated and made. You will also shadow our Research and Antimicrobial Pharmacists and see some of the exciting work streams they are involved in. Our Medicines Management Technician undertakes regular audits including walkabout audits that give observational assurance. The trainee will observe how audit data is collected and reported and have an opportunity to complete an audit of their choice and partake in regular team audits.

A one week cross sector placement within community pharmacy will be arranged and another week at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust. Additionally there will be regional pre-registration study days organised through Keele University.

There will be two tutors – the first tutor is an experienced Clinical Pharmacist with expertise in Elderly & Palliative Care and Independent prescriber; the second tutor is the Clinical Training & Policy Lead who leads on Antimicrobials with a background in Medicines Information and Community Pharmacy so the trainee will be well supported throughout the year.

Other Information

If you join us at BCHC – you will gain a greater understanding of what it is to care for patients in hospital but also in the community. It certainly won’t be boring because of the breadth of services our trust offers. You will enjoy your experience and feel confident knowing you will become a pharmacist with a solid grounding in many of the medicines management and clinical skills to help you navigate and plan your career path.

Have you ever wanted to know:

  • How intrathecal botulinum toxin is administered or how to dress a leg ulcer?
  • How intra-articular steroid injections administered?
  • What a Patient Group Direction is and how to write them?

Apply to BCHC for a pre-registration trainee to find out!