The East London NHS Foundation Trust pharmacy department employs around 50 staff comprising pharmacists, technicians, students and assistants. We offer excellent training and development opportunities in a friendly, flexible working environment


Our pre-registration programme enables trainees to bridge the gap between primary and secondary care, leaving them the option to pursue a career in either sector. The hospital training programme comprises a diverse rotational scheme covering all aspects of clinical and technical hospital practice.  Clinical rotations include mental health care of the elderly, childhood and adolescent, acute, perinatal and forensics. There are also rotations to acute general hospitals and possibly CCG to offer a general overview of hospital pharmacy practice. 

We offer two posts to undertake a six-month mental health hospital and six-month community split pre-registration programme, together with Day Lewis pharmacy. This includes joining the Bart's Health NHS Trust pre-registration trainee tutorial programme.

A 12-month rotational pre-registration programme at our Luton site. The trainee will rotate through community pharmacy, mental health and general rotations at acute general hospitals within Luton & Bedfordshire.

We recruit annually for pre-registration trainee pharmacists in late summer for the proceeding July intake. Posts are advertised on the Oriel website where you can also apply online.

For more information please contact Simmy Daniel (Clinical Lead & Education and Training Pharmacist) on email:

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Open Day for 2020/21 Pre-registration year

We will be holding an open day for 3rd-year pharmacy undergraduates to provide insight into our 2021/22 pre-registration year in the summer of 2021. Dates will be provided closer to the time.

Undergraduate Summer Placements

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) includes the following hospitals for the summer placement programme:

  • City & Hackney Centre for Mental Health
  • Mile End Hospital 
  • Newham Centre for Mental Health
  • Luton Centre for Mental Health

We offer unpaid work experience between June to July 2021 for placements of 2 weeks across the Trust, where successful candidates will spend their time at one of the hospitals throughout the duration of the placement.

About the placement programme
These voluntary placements are only open to UK pharmacy undergraduates (i.e. students currently studying for an MPharm, or equivalent, degree programme) within their 3rd year of study.

This is a two-week structured programme to prepare a 3rd-year pharmacy undergraduate for the future position of hospital pre-registration pharmacist and a taster of mental health pharmacy. The two weeks would be based at one of the hospitals: 4 placements available for London- City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health, Newham Centre for Mental Health or Mile End Hospital and 2 placements at Luton mental health centre.

During this time, you will experience and gain an insight into different areas of the pharmacy department and the services provided. Each student will have a tutor and a timetable will be prepared which comprises different rotations. This will range from Older People's Care wards, Forensics, Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health, Crisis units, Psychiatric Intensive care units, Substance Misuse Team, Clozapine Clinic, or community teams.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual summer placement may need to be set up, as done for the 2020 summer placement students. This will be decided closer to the time and successful candidates will be notified.

Students will work from home and each student will have a tutor. All sessions will be via an electronic link that will be set up (e.g. Microsoft teams). It includes attending pharmacy huddles, multi-disciplinary ward rounds, patient consultations as appropriate and department training sessions. There will also be opportunities to learn from specialist pharmacists e.g. children and adolescent mental health pharmacist, crisis pathway pharmacy team, etc.

In addition, you will also have an opportunity to complete a workbook and deliver a presentation to the department.

The summer work experience is a separate process to pre-registration training and being unsuccessful for summer work experience has no influence over pre-registration training recruitment.


Download an application form 

We only accept pharmacy summer internship application forms and these will form the basis of any offers. We will not consider blank or part-filled applications or a CV. To help us plan and allocate tutors it is important that you clearly state which site you will prefer for your summer placement experience. The dates and sites are on the application form.

We ask that you e-mail your application between 14th December 2020 until 11 January 2021 23.59pm to Shoheb Khan at with the subject of the email as – “Summer Student Scheme – YOUR NAME”. Any applications received before or after this time window will not be considered.

Successful applicants will be shortlisted for an interview, which will take place on Wednesday 17th   February 2010.  As we receive a large number of applications, we are unable to contact everyone individually. If you do not receive a reply from us by 5th February 2021, please assume that you have been unsuccessful.

Permanent Pharmacy Positions

We advertise all our vacant permanent positions on the NHS Jobs website.

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