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


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 study day and tutorial programme.

Our 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. 

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 Srikrishna Samathagnion tel: 0208 121 4256   or email:

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Open Day for 2018/19 Pre- registration year

We will be holding two open days for 3rd year pharmacy undergraduates to provide insight into our 2018 – 2019 pre-registration year in the summer, 2017. Dates will provided closer to the time.

Undergraduate Summer Placements

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) includes the following hospitals:

City & Hackney Centre for Mental Health
Newham Centre for Mental Health

We offer unpaid work experience between June to August 2018 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.
We ask that you e-mail your application between 1st December 2017 at 00.01am until 31st December 2017 23.59pm to . Any applications received before or after this time window will not be considered.

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.

The main focus of the placement scheme will involve tasks which individual tutors will set for their students; within a specialist area of mental health.  Each summer intern will be assigned to a tutor who will be responsible for the programme for their student(s) which would include visits to other areas of pharmacy; there is no guarantee that visits to all areas will be provided.  Summer interns will gain an in-depth insight into advanced practice in mental health.

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 

Successful applicants will be shortlisted for interview which will be take place on Friday 9th February 2018.  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 with a CV attached.

To help us plan and allocate tutors it is important that you clearly state which site you will prefer for your summer placement experience.

As we receive a large number of applications, we are unable to contact everyone individually. If you do not receive a reply from us 4 weeks after the deadline has passed, please assume that you have been unsuccessful

Sending your application

Applications should be emailed to Lauren Christie-Jones, Clinical Pharmacist, e-mail

About the scheme

This is a two week structured programme to prepare the student for the future position of hospital pre-registration pharmacist and a taster of mental health pharmacy. During this time, you will experience and gain an insight into many different areas of the pharmacy department and the services provided. A timetable will be prepared which comprises of rotations through Older People's Care wards, Forensics, Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health, Substance Misuse Team, Clozapine Clinic, MIND and community teams.

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

Permanent Pharmacy Positions

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

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