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.


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.

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.

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.

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).


Maria Christou - Programme Director UEA School of Pharmacy

Maria is Director of our East of England NHS Pre-reg Trainee Pharmacist Programme. She recently became a Fellow of the RPS.

Gill Shelton - Deputy Programme Director & Principal Pharmacist for Education & Training at Cambridge University Hospitals

Gill manages the four placement supervisors across the East of England and chairs meetings of the East of England Pre-reg Managers/Tutors Group. She recently joined the RPS Faculty.

Rina Matala - Lecturer UEA School of Pharmacy and Community Pharmacy Practitioner

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 also remains in practice as a...

Sharon Leverett - Teacher Practitioner UEA School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist Norfolk and Norwich University

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...

Hattie Whiteside

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 - Placement Supervisor for Beds & Herts and Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Bedford Hospital

Jane has built excellent relationships with the pre-reg managers/tutors and trainees at all hospitals in Beds and Herts.

Paul McDermott - Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry UEA School of Pharmacy & Chair of Staff-Trainee Liaison Group

Paul 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 - 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.

Judy Croot - Lecturer at UEA School of Pharmacy BSc Hons MAPharmT

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 - Researcher in Pharmacy Practice & Lecturer, UEA School of Pharmacy

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,...

Caroline Halam

Caroline works as a Specialist Pharmacist in Antimicrobials. She also works one day a week helping deliver the Pre-registration Pharmacy Programme.

Sam Taylor

Sam works as a Clinical Pharmacist and is also an associate with the GPhC, a specialist adviser on medicines for the CQC and an associate tutor within the School of Health Sciences at UEA.

Ewan Raffel

Ewan aims to optimise patients' medications, taking into consideration their risk of falls, as well as other aspects such as polypharmacy and deprescribing.