Turning pharmacy graduates into registered pharmacists

Our programme aims to:

  • Prepare pharmacy graduates to become safe and effective registered pharmacists.
  • Cater for all learning styles by following innovative teaching and learning approaches.

Learning is supported by a Virtual learning Environment on UEA Blackboard and is fully integrated with experiential learning at placement sites.


UEA study programme and Virtual Learning Environment.


Your workplace learning is complemented and supported by the UEA study programme. This consists of a series of study blocks where you are taught by a range of experts on a wide variety of topics relevant to the GPhC assessment framework.

The sessions are designed to be highly interactive and follow innovative learning approaches that cater for all learning styles.

As a foundation trainee, you will have access to a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment on UEA Blackboard. This is used as a portal for all communications, learning materials from all study sessions, online learning packages, calculations support and GPhC style assessments.

All members of the programme delivery team are committed to ensuring that all trainees are well prepared for the GPhC registration assessment, so we provide revision tools and formal full-length practise assessments, towards the end of the training year.



We offer 82 placements at 21 NHS Trusts in the East of England covering Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Essex ,and Norfolk and Suffolk. See the placements available on the map below. Open the key to the map to see detailed information on each placement site.




  • Recruitment to all hospital placements and over 2,000 community pharmacy placements is via the Oriel IT system which already supports the recruitment of dentists, doctors and healthcare scientists
  • Only one application is required to apply for both hospital and community posts
  • Applicants are able to state their preference for all advertised posts

Recruitment for 2021/22 placements is now closed

Applications for 2022-23 placements open in June 2021. More details on the recruitment timelines can be found on the National Pre-registration Pharmacist recruitment website.

Work experience - opportunities for MPharm students


The majority of hospitals in East of England offer structured work experience opportunities for MPharm students during the Summer months.

Click the hospital names on the map below to view more information and contact details for applying.

Disclaimer: This information may no longer be accurate due to Covid-19 pressures on the NHS.

Please contact individual hospitals to enquire whether they are receiving applications for Summer 2021


What we offer

The 1-3 week placements are supported by a Handbook developed by expert practitioners. The Handbook provides:

  • a set of objectives for each rotation
  • a tool for recording competencies achieved
  • an evaluation form of overall experience

All students who submit a completed evaluation form receive a 'Certificate of Achievement' issued by the UEA Programme Delivery Team.

How to apply

For Summer 2021 placements please complete an application form (PDF) and submit directly to the trust(s) of your choice, with a cover letter and a current CV.

Closing date for applications - 31 January 2021 – may be extended due to Covid-19

Applicants will be contacted directly by each trust with either a placement offer or an invitation to an interview.

Unsuccessful applicants are not always contacted.

Careers and employability


Registered pharmacists have excellent career prospects in different sectors of practice including hospital, community, primary care/GP practices and industrial pharmacy.

Hospital pharmacy

If you enjoy working with patients and the public as well as a diversity of other healthcare professionals this could be a career for you.

To find out more visit the NHS Explore Roles in Pharmacy page.

More than 75% of the East of England hospital pre-reg trainee pharmacists secure band 6 pharmacist positions in the NHS.

All NHS jobs are advertised on the NHS website.

Community pharmacy

Working in community pharmacy can be a very fulfilling and rewarding career.

Modern community services are patient-centred and include delivery of a range of advanced and enhanced services under contract with the NHS.

To read more about careers in community pharmacy visit the PSNC website.

Primary care/GP practices

At present, a career in primary care is followed after gaining a few years’ experience and qualifications in either hospital or community pharmacy.

This is changing rapidly with increasing opportunities for clinical pharmacist posts at GP practices.

To read out more visit the NHS Community Pharmacy website.

Industrial pharmacy

There are opportunities for a newly qualified pharmacist to work in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of roles:

  • Medical Science e.g. Drug Development
  • Medical Information
  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulation of Pharmaceuticals

About 4% of pharmacists currently working in the UK are employed by the pharmaceutical industry.

To find out more visit the APBI Careers website.

Tutor training


This course is for pre-registration pharmacist tutors who are new to the role, or existing tutors who would like to refresh their knowledge.

The course should take approximately three hours to complete. It does not need to be completed in one sitting. Your progress will not be saved if you exit the course without completing it.

Access the pre-reg tutor training course.

Programme Delivery Team

For any enquiries please contact Sharon Goddard (Programme Administrator).


  • David Wright
    David Wright - Programme Governance Lead UEA School of Pharmacy
    David became a registered pharmacist in 1987 after completing his BPharm at the University of Bradford and undertaking his pre-registration training in the Metro Centre for Boots the Chemist in Newcastle and Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon. His PhD was in the role of the pharmacist in care homes providing a clinical and TDM service to 200 residents over a 2 year period. David moved to UEA in 2003 as part of the original team who set up the new school of pharmacy and has supported the regional pre-registration scheme since his arrival. He has worked with the GPhC on panels designing the ethics principles, education standards for undergraduate degrees and proposed new education standards which are yet to be introduced. David is currently working with Health Education England to introduce the pre-registration pharmacist training e-portfolio and competency panel assessment nationally.
  • Maria Christou
    Maria Christou - Programme Director UEA School of Pharmacy
    Maria became a registered pharmacist in 1978 after completing a BPharm and pre-registration training in London. She completed a PhD degree in Drug Metabolism (University of London, 1982) and then undertook postdoctoral work in the field of carcinogenesis in the USA. Maria returned to the UK in 1996 and has been employed by the NHS to head training programmes for pre-registration trainee pharmacists across East Anglia. She served on various national committees focussing on NHS pharmacy education and training and as a member of the RPS Education Forum. Maria completed an MSc in Advanced Pharmacy practice in 2011 and was designated Fellow of the RPS Faculty in 2014 via portfolio submission. Maria is currently working for the UEA School of Pharmacy as Director of the East of England NHS Pre-reg Trainee Pharmacist Programme. She is passionate about the design and delivery of a high-quality programme and its alignment with ongoing pharmacy education reforms led by Health Education England. Maria has recently become a Fellow of the RPS.
  • Gill Shelton
    Gill Shelton - Deputy Programme Director & Principal Pharmacist for Education & Training at Cambridge University Hospitals
    Gill is the Pre-registration training manager at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and has been a pre-registration tutor for a number of years. Gill has developed a number of new pre-registration split posts with partners in both industry and mental health and is currently exploring split posts with primary care. Gill was appointed as Deputy Programme Director in 2015 and has a specific remit for quality assurance and tutor training. Gill manages the four placement supervisors across the East of England and chairs meetings of the East of England Pre-reg Managers/Tutors Group. At a national level, Gill is the chair of the Pharmacist (pre and post-reg) Specialist Group of the NHS Pharmacy Education and Development Group. Gill has recently become a member of the RPS Faculty.
  • Rina Matala
    Rina Matala - Lecturer UEA School of Pharmacy and Community Pharmacy Practitioner
    Rina studied pharmacy at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Upon receiving her MPharm degree, she undertook her pre-registration training at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH). She went on to complete a Diploma in pharmacy practice and is part way through obtaining a Masters in Higher Education Practice (MAHEP). Rina was appointed as a lecturer in Pharmacy Practice in 2015 and is a member of the Pre-reg programme delivery team. Her main roles include: developing content and blended modes of delivery of the programme and teaching community pharmacy related topics. In addition, Rina delivers undergraduate teaching for pharmacy students and for the East of England pre-registration pharmacy technician programme. Rina has a keen interest in blended learning and is the module organiser for the UEA Train the Trainer course which consists of taught and online modules. She has also developed a hugely successful and global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Dysphagia, in partnership with Futurelearn. In parallel with the academic roles, Rina also remains in practice as a community pharmacist.
  • Sharon Leverett
    Sharon Leverett - Teacher Practitioner UEA School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist Norfolk and Norwich University
    Sharon obtained her BPharm degree at the University of Wales College Cardiff. She began work at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) as a basic grade pharmacist, where she also completed a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy. Sharon then worked as a pharmacist at a large district hospital in northern Namibia with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for two years, before returning to work at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital. Sharon’s main role at the hospital is to support clinical pharmacy services for the vascular surgery department. Sharon began her Teacher Practitioner role with the UEA School of Pharmacy by assisting with delivery of teaching for undergraduates, facilitating student hospital placements and later, becoming Clinical Pharmacy module organiser for pharmacy students from the University of Bergen undertaking an exchange programme with the UEA. Currently, Sharon’s roles include: providing clinical pharmacy teaching for the pre-reg trainee pharmacist programme, assisting with the delivery of teaching to pharmacy undergraduates and pre-registration pharmacy technicians. Sharon is also studying for a Masters in Higher Education Practice (MAHEP) with the UEA.
  • Hattie Whiteside
    Hattie Whiteside
    Hattie studied pharmacy at the University of East Anglia (UEA) then completed her pre-registration year in community pharmacy with Boots. She worked in community pharmacy for two years before taking a role as a GP Clinical Pharmacist as part of the national pilot. Hattie is an independent prescriber and has also completed a diploma in Minor Illness. She continues to work in primary care where her role involves working closely with GPs to manage long-term conditions, running clinics, and medicines management. Hattie joined the pre-reg team in 2016 since when she has supported the delivery and development of the community pharmacy and minor illness teaching sessions and resources.
  • Jane Charsley
    Jane Charsley - Placement Supervisor for Beds & Herts and Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Bedford Hospital
    Jane did her Pharmacy degree at Nottingham from 1985-1988 and then her pre-reg year at North Tyneside District General in North Shields. She then became a resident pharmacist at Leicester Royal Infirmary for 3 years, gaining her Diploma (with distinction!) during this time. Jane then moved to Stevenage in 1992 where she managed the Pharmacy stores and Purchasing and was the medical directorate pharmacist. Whilst at Stevenage, Jane became involved with formulary work just before moving to Bedford Hospital in 1998 to take on the role of Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Education and Training lead. Jane also acted as Pre-reg Manager and Patient Safety lead, chairing the Trust’s Medication Safety group. After a 3-year period out of pharmacy (from 2011-2013), Jane was lured back to work as a Bank Pharmacist at Bedford hospital. The Placement supervisor role was advertised in the spring of 2015 and looked like a job written for Jane – to combine her passion for education and training as well as supporting new pharmacists and their tutors. Her current roles as placement supervisor for all hospitals in Beds & Herts involves travelling across the geography to support people in their place of work and also contribute to the design and delivery of the residential study programme. Jane has built excellent relationships with the pre-reg managers/tutors and trainees at all hospitals in Beds and Herts. Jane said: “It has been an exciting and interesting year and I’m sure will continue to be so for 2016/17 and beyond”.
  • Paul McDermott
    Paul McDermott - Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry UEA School of Pharmacy & Chair of Staff-Trainee Liaison Group
    Paul graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia in 1999 before going on to complete an MSc in Taught organic chemistry again at the UEA. He then worked at Derwent PLC as a chemical indexer before returning to UEA in 2002 to complete a PhD under the supervision of Dr Robert A Stockman. After a spell working as a Medicinal Chemist at BioFocus PLC in Cambridge, he then made his second return to UEA in 2007 to take up a teaching position at the School of Pharmacy. He currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry and his key focus is teaching scholarship. Paul has been brought onto the pre-reg training team primarily for his expertise in the use of learning technologies. He has been instrumental in the implementation of screencasting, lecture capture and audience response methods for the MPharm programme and he has also developed a method for creating free to use online learning resources based in Prezi. He continues to develop ways of adapting learning technologies to complement active learning methods with a view to improving the learning experience of all our MPharm students and pre-reg trainees.
  • Sharon Goddard
    Sharon Goddard - Programme Administrator UEA School of Pharmacy
    Sharon has been working for the Pre Reg Programme since April 2018. Previously she worked with Health Education England as the administrator for the General Practice Speciality Training Programme; training doctors to become qualified GPs. This was based at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and is a popular programme organising teaching for 90 trainees from across the region.In her spare time Sharon's passion is travelling having never lost the bug from being an overseas Travel Rep in her youth. She also enjoys walking and the outdoors as well as spending time with her two cats.
  • Judy Croot
    Judy Croot - Lecturer at UEA School of Pharmacy BSc Hons MAPharmT
    Judy has had extensive experience working for the NHS for the past 40 years both in practice as a Pharmacy Technician and in the various iterations of NHS organisations. After successfully completing a BSc Hons with the Open University, Judy expanded her portfolio in education & training to cover both the Pharmacy & Healthcare Science professions. Latterly Judy’s role as Professional Advisor for Health Sciences & Pharmacy for Health Education East of England (HEE) has been focussed on the implementation of new educational programmes, new roles, workforce planning and improving the quality of education and training. This has included leading the first tranche of the national pre-registration pharmacist recruitment & selection centres in 2017 for Midlands & East. Other work has been undertaken together with the close involvement of GP trainers, namely working on the expansion of clinical placements for pre-registration pharmacists in GP Practices and piloting educational programmes for community pre-registration pharmacist tutors. Judy has also been part of the HEE Quality Team tasked with visiting NHS Trusts in the east of England to ensure the quality of education & training for clinicians and healthcare professionals in the workplace. As a member of the multi-professional HEE Quality Team it has been possible to build an understanding of the wide range of education & training programme placements hosted by the Trusts in the east of England. This has also enabled the gaining of knowledge relating to national and regional policies for education & training commissioning priorities. Having a strong interest in personal development and leadership Judy values the opportunity to work more closely with pre-registration trainee pharmacists and tutors to help develop the pharmacy workforce for the future.
  • Hannah Kinsey
    Hannah Kinsey - Researcher in Pharmacy Practice & Lecturer, UEA School of Pharmacy
    In 2016, Hannah began her PhD at the UEA under the supervision of Prof. David Wright to design, implement and evaluate a ward placement for hospital pre-registration pharmacists. The ward placement developed as part of her PhD has since been adopted at hospitals across England. As a part of her PhD, Hannah has also developed a series of bespoke Workplace Assessment Tools for pre-registration pharmacists which are freely available for pre-registration pharmacists and their tutors to use. For more information and to view and/or use these workplace assessment tools, please see the 'Activities' tab. In 2019, Hannah was appointed as a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice whose primary role is to support the teaching and research activities of the East of England pre-registration pharmacist training programme. Hannah is part of the Pharmacy Education Research group at the UEA and continues to practise as a pharmacist. Her research interests include workplace learning, inter-professional education, pharmacy education and qualitative research methods.
  • Caroline Halam
    Caroline Halam
    Caroline became a registered pharmacist in 1998 after studying at the University of Nottingham and undertaking her pre-registration training at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. She went on to work at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, completing her Diploma in Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy. After a year working in South Australia she moved to Norwich and works as a Specialist Pharmacist in Antimicrobials. She also works one day a week helping deliver the Pre-registration Pharmacy Programme.