Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
The Hospital / Training Premises
The main base for the training year is Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Pre-regs will also rotate to other sites to see other specialities such as: Birmingham Women’s Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Solihull Hospital.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital is one of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, with international research and development in areas such as childhood cancer, liver disease, inherited metabolic diseases and kidney disease and we are centre of excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, liver and renal disease.
The Pharmacy Department
The Birmingham Children’s Hospital Pharmacy department provides services to all medical and surgical teams and are responsible for managing patients’ medicines while in hospital. Organised into clinical teams of Pharmacists, Technicians and Assistants the pharmacy teams work closely with Doctors and Nurses to ensure medicines prescribed for patients are safe and effective. Specialist teams within the department provide intravenous nutrition solutions and chemotherapy tailored to the specific needs of individual children.
The Training Programme
Trainees rotate through a comprehensive training programme covering a wide range of hospital pharmacy services including; dispensary services, mental health, medicine information, out-patients pharmacy and clinical trials. There are numerous clinical attachments to specialist areas such as liver, medicine, cardiology, oncology which reflect the specialisms at each training site to give a well-rounded clinical programme. As part of the training package trainees are encouraged to be involved with all aspects of a patient’s care including interaction with other healthcare professionals and observation of interventional procedures and surgery.
Other training sites are used for those services or specialisms which are not found at the training base: medicine information, women’s and neonatal and adult patient care. Community pharmacy placements are incorporated into the pre-registration year. The choice of premises for the cross sector training is considered on an individual level with trainee preference taken into account.
In addition to the training rotations trainees are supported by both a regional and in-house tutorial programme.
Other opportunities to learn include pharmacy staff training sessions, medical grand rounds and hospital lectures on specialist topics.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital is in Birmingham City Centre
Social and Recreational
Birmingham is a vibrant city that is still developing its substantial arts and entertainment centres. The National Indoor Arena (NIA), National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham O2 Academy, Symphony Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome and Broad Street are just some of the places providing a variety of arts and entertainment facilities that befit a major European city – it’s got something for everyone.
Birmingham is ideally situated in the West Midlands to access the rest of the UK and beyond. There is easy access to motorways, good rail links and an international airport.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital site is close to three main railway stations in the city:
- Birmingham Snow Hill – 5 minutes’ walk
- Birmingham Moor Street – 10 minutes’ walk
- Birmingham New Street – 15 minutes’ walk
Accommodation at Birmingham Children’s Hospital may be available, subject to availability.