Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

6 training places available on the hospital programme.

The foundation training programme with Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust is based at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth.

The training programme

The well established training programme at Portsmouth builds an excellent foundation in the clinical skills and knowledge needed to become an accomplished pharmacist. Trainees benefit from highly experienced designated supervisors and an open door ethos that provides them with the necessary support. An extensive range of on and off-site rotations makes up the comprehensive structured rotational programme.

Rotations cover core specialties as well as more complex areas (such as the Wessex Regional Renal Unit, oncology, ITU, paediatrics and clinical trials) and secondments to Southampton’s Regional Medicines Advice Service, the local mental health trust, CCG, community pharmacy and Portsmouth’s own licensed aseptic manufacturing unit. The programme is complemented by regional training, regular meetings with the trainees’ designated supervisor, and group teaching sessions at the hospital and with other Hampshire trainee pharmacists.

More about the area

The hospital and accommodation are within easy reach of the historic city of Portsmouth, which has many attractions including the harbour, sea front and beach, theatres, cinemas and restaurants. There is a wide range of sports and leisure facilities nearby including the Trust’s own Oasis Wellness Centre with swimming pool and gymnasium at the Queen Alexandra site. We are within easy reach of the New Forest National Park with opportunities for walking, cycling and horse-riding. The South Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty and heritage sites, is also within easy reach. Portsmouth has excellent links to the South Coast and London providing an affordable base to explore the south of England. 

All trainee pharmacists will follow their own tailored timetable. At the end of the year trainees are given their own ward under supervision. See what a typical training year at Portsmouth looks like in the sample timetable.

The shift pattern is 37.5 hours per week; 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 1 in 6 Saturdays. Accommodation on hospital sites is available for up to six months.


More information about the Trust is available on the Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust website.

If you would like to know more about pre-registration pharmacist training at Portsmouth, please email Sally Barnett or call 023 9228 6000 ext 5410.