I’m a pre-registeration pharmacist, completing my Masters with DMU. I realised I wanted to work in a hospital when I was doing my degree. I did a lot of Community-based placements during my degree, and I really enjoyed them, but I felt I needed more experience in hospital pharmacy. From the little I saw during university placements I liked the way you use knowledge in a hospital setting.
I applied to work at Derby after attending an open day, when the education and training team came to the uni. They really sold it to me. I liked the fact I would be coming to a big teaching hospital, with a great structure to the training year, but also that everyone was really friendly. It felt like it would be a small community, which appealed to me.
We rotate between different areas, spending one or two weeks in each. You can go back to them later in the year and build on your knowledge. You spend a lot of time shadowing registered pharmacists to see how it all works. You take on more responsibility throughout the year, and by the end of the year I should be going to the ward by myself to report back to the pharmacist. We do that to make sure we are ready to be qualified.
I found it exhilarating as soon as I started; I enjoyed it right from the beginning. I like the combination of science and the clinical side of things. You have the opportunity to go into so many different areas and you develop with each rotation.
It’s a really friendly and close knit community; I always feel supported. We all have our own personal tutor. Derby is a great place to train.