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Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Contact Details

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


B15 2WB


Samantha Long

01216272095      Samantha.long@uhb.nhs.uk


Queen Elizabeth Hospital


B15 2WB


Emma Suggett

01216272095      emma.suggett@uhb.nhs.uk


Number of trainees to be recruited

This hospital intends to recruit the following number of students into pre-registration training places.

  • 12 month (4)


The Hospital / Training Premises

The main base for the training year is the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Bimingham. Pre-regs will also rotate to other sites to see other specialities such as: the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Solihull Mental Health Trust.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is a leading university teaching hospital in the West Midlands. It is one of the most consistently high performing Trusts in the NHS and has been rated “excellent” for financial management and “excellent” for quality of clinical and non-clinical services by the Healthcare Commission. The Trust employs around 8,500 staff and provides adult services to more than half a million patients every year, from a single outpatient appointment to a heart transplant. The Trust is a regional centre for cancer, trauma, burns and plastics, and has the largest solid organ transplantation program in Europe.

The trust is world-renowned for its trauma care and has developed pioneering surgical techniques in the management of ballistic and blast injuries, including bespoke surgical solutions for previously unseen injuries. As a result of its clinical expertise in treating trauma patients and military casualties, QEHB has been designated both a Level 1 Trauma Centre and host of the UK’s only £20m National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC).

The new Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM), a new world class clinical research facility opened 2015. The centre helps progress the very latest scientific research findings into enhanced treatments for patients across a range of major health issues including cancer and liver disease.


The Pharmacy Department

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Pharmacy department 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 economic 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 service includes a medicines information service, aseptic reconstitution service, radiopharmaceuticals,  and a large clinical trials department. The department employs over 112 members of staff, 41 of which are pharmacists.

The pharmacy department works with Healthcare at home and the recovery at home services helping to meet the care needs of patients. The outpatient pharmacy uses robot technology to dispense medications and is licensed to sell OTC products to the public, and the new Discharge Pharmacy processes many of our ‘To Take Out’ medication (TTOs) so our patients have an efficient exit from hospital.


The Training Programme

Trainees rotate through a comprehensive training programme covering a wide range of hospital pharmacy services including; dispensary services, cytotoxic reconstitution,  medicines information and clinical trials. A comphensive department and Trust induction is also undertaken before dispensary working.

There is an extensive clinical programme which links with the numerous specialist areas such as liver medicine, cardiology, oncology etc. UHB promotes involvement in clinical practice at an early stage and 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. The clinical training programme is supported by the in-house tutorial programme which uses case studies and peer learning. The pre-registration pharmacist clinical programme at UHB acts as a bridge to the clinical diploma programme that hospital pharmacists enter upon qualification.

Other training sites are used for those services or specialisms which are not found at the training base e.g. mental health, quality assurance and childrens medicine.

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.


Other Information

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.

Please see the documents section of this profile for more information on these and our summer training programmes.



Training Rotations

Thoughts from our previous UHB pre-registration trainee pharmacists

Vacation Placements at UHB






Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham lies  three miles to the south of the centre of Birmingham in Harborne.


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.


Transport Links

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.



It is unlikely that accommodation will be available at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site in August 2017.

Our accommodation office however is always happy to assist successful applicants in finding suitable accommodation.