Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals, part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Pharmacy Department, Good Hope Hospital
Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield
0121 424 9291 or 0121 424 0446
Number of trainees to be recruited
This hospital intends to recruit the following number of students into pre-registration training places.
12 month (7)
The Hospital / Training Premises
Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals are part of one of the largest hospital trusts in England. Ourorganisation includes Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic, giving a total of 1,200 beds. We also run a number of smaller satellite units enabling people to be treated as close to home as possible.
We serve a diverse range of communities within Birmingham East and North, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and South Staffordshire; everywhere from Tamworth through to Meriden and Bordesley Green East. Every year we see and treat more than 1.2 million people
Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals are a world leader in tackling MRSA and specialises in treating patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses including heart and kidney disease, cancer, HIV and AIDS, as well as respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis. We also have expertise in premature baby care, bone marrow transplants and thoracic surgery.
Through MIDRU (Medical Innovation Development Research Unit) we are committed to accelerating research and innovation, identifying fresh thinking, and creating the space for innovation and research ambassadors to power forward service improvement within the Trust and beyond.
The Pharmacy Department
The pharmacy team across the three sites is 228-strong (including 75 pharmacists), with a friendly, supportive culture and is a dynamic growing part of the Trust offering a wide variety of services, activities and roles. Our focus, as with the Trust, is on patient safety and the pharmacy vision for the Trust is evidence-based, safe and cost effective use of medicines.
Over recent years, the pharmacy department has undergone several modernisation projects which have been achieved through the implementation of a LEAN system redesign including rollout of electronic prescribing and medication administration (EPMA) across 3 sites, dispensing robots, automated controlled drug storage and records, outsourcing of outpatient dispensing with Boots Alliance, ward based medicines and a specific emphasis on strategies to improve safety in the prescribing, supply and administration of medicines. In addition, members of our team have been awarded Trust staff recognition awards across categories including clinical excellence and patient safety.
In addition to providing a clinical service to a wide variety of wards and clinics including neonates and paediatrics, cancer services, respiratory, critical care, HIV, diabetes and cardiology, we also provide a medicines information service, aseptic reconstitution and support the EPMA system.
The Training Programme
Our training programme features offers a structured and varied training year with a high level of support from individual tutors and clinical pharmacists with a strong emphasis on clinical pharmacy. Pre-registration trainees will spend six months each on two different sites and experience a range of clinical areas including cardiology, surgery, critical care, neonates and paediatrics, endocrinology, infectious diseases, haematology and acute medicine to name but a few, working to achieve the set objectives under the supervision of the pharmacy staff. Highlights include medicines information, mental health, cancer services, clinical trials, patient counselling, clinical pharmacy with ward rounds and project work. Training will also include a two week cross-sector placement with a community pharmacy, a week with the local Mental Health Trust, regional study days (organised through Keele University) and in-house tutorials. Other experiences available to trainees include visiting nurse and pharmacist-led clinics and cardiac rehabilitation.
There is emphasis on clinical training and there are opportunities to spend time with and learn from pharmacist specialists as well as other health care professionals throughout the Trust.
The department has a highly experienced and well- trained group of staff, as befits a pharmacy service in one of the top trusts within the country. The senior pharmacy staff are experts in their fields of practice, some having important contributions to pharmacy practice within the West Midlands, others known nationally.
Each group of staff have their own contributions to make to the efficient operation of the Pharmacy Service and the department is keen to support the development of our team, from attendance to national conferences to formal qualifications.
Summer vacation placements are offered across the three sites. Applications for these close in the December of the preceding year with interviews taking place in January.
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital is 3 miles to the east of Birmingham city centre. Solihull Hospital is adjacent to Solihull’s shopping centre, 7 miles to the south east of Birmingham. Good Hope Hospital is situated in Sutton Coldfield about 8 miles north of Birmingham. All 3 sites have excellent transport links with access to motorways, airports, trains and buses.
Social and Recreational
Outside of work, the pharmacy teams arrange regular social events including monthly walks organised by ROPAF (Ramblers Of Pharmacy And Friends), touch rugby and 6-aside football teams. There are always nights out to celebrate birthdays, weddings etc., and occasional day trips for example to Alton Towers and London.
All three sites are close to Birmingham which offers sport, culture and other entertainments in a metropolitan setting. Solihull and Sutton Coldfield also give quick access to beautiful countryside.
Maps and directions and other travel information for each hospital can be found on the Trust website.
Accommodation is not available on site but we can help with contact details for local letting agencies who have a number of properties available in the vicinity of the hospitals.