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George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Contact Details

Chief pharmacist:

Debra Armstrong

Email: debra.armstrong@geh.nhs.uk

Pre-registration Manager
Pharmacy department
George Eliot Hospital NHS
College Street
CV10 7DJ

Pre-registration Tutor

Sara Taylor

Tel:  02476 865083

Email: Sara.taylor@geh.nhs.uk

PA to chief pharmacist

Suzanne Perrin

Tel: 02476865086

Email: suzanne.perrin@geh.nhs.uk


Number of trainees to be recruited

This hospital intends to recruit two students into pre-registration training places.

The Hospital / Training Premises

  • George Eliot Hospital (GEH) NHS Trust is a small but busy district general hospital based in Nuneaton, serving over 300,000 people in North Warwickshire, South West Leicestershire and North Coventry. The Trust’s main hub is the George Eliot Hospital, a 32-acre site on the outskirts of Nuneaton. The hospital provides a range of acute surgical, medical, women’s and children’s services, including orthopaedics, accident and emergency and maternity care, and has close links with Warwick Medical School.
  • The Trust also provides a range of community services across Coventry, Warwickshire and Leicestershire. This includes four GP surgeries in North Warwickshire, smoking cessation, health trainer and community dentistry services across the whole of Warwickshire, TB services for Coventry and Warwickshire and the Leicester Urgent Care Centre.
  • The Trust shares resources and expertise through several clinical networks for services such as cancer care, coronary heart disease, pathology and women’s and children’s services.
  • One of the Trust’s key goals is to provide care closer to home. Over recent years the Trust has developed ways of working to provide more services in community settings such as GP practices and people’s homes. These include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, respiratory care and stroke care.
  • Our vision is “to EXCEL at patient care”:
    • Effective open communication
    • EXcellence and safety in everything we do
    • Challenge but support
    • Expect respect and dignity
    • Local health that inspires confidence


The Pharmacy Department

  • The pharmacy team at GEH is a friendly one and former trainees remark how supportive the team is. The in-patient pharmacy department is located in the maternity building and there is a separate out patients dispensary located within the busy out patients department in the main hospital. A robot operates in the main dispensary which frees up time for other valuable roles.  Medicines reconciliation is considered a high priority. Introduction of electronic discharge prescriptions has enabled the team to introduce a pharmacy discharge team that allows technicians and pharmacists to utilise their skills at ward level.
  • The main pharmacy department provides services to a range of wards including accident and emergency, cardiology, respiratory, gastroenterology, elective and non elective surgery, intensive care unit, paediatrics, special care baby unit and maternity.  Chemotherapy and parenteral nutrition are prepared in the aseptics unit.  The out patients dispensary processes prescriptions from a wide variety of clinics.

The Training Programme

  • The Pre-registration trainee pharmacist will be based at the pharmacy in the George Eliot Hospital (GEH).  At GEH we offer a rotational programme, (see example in other information section), with a focus on medicines reconciliation (Meds Rec) and clinical pharmacy.   Throughout the year trainees spend time on the wards becoming competent at Meds Rec, accompanying clinical pharmacists on their ward visits, demonstrate dispensing and checking accuracy in both the main pharmacy and in out patients, spend time in aseptics, medicines information and formulary.  Training is complemented by regional study days.  All trainees undertake an audit and spend two weeks cross sector placement at a local independent pharmacy that offers a variety of advanced and enhanced services.


There is a good range of properties available for rent within walking distance of the hospital.

Further Information