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The Pharmacy


The pharmacy department provides a comprehensive set of pharmaceutical and clinical services for inpatient, outpatient and day case unit dispensing and clinical service at Russells Hall Hospital.

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"I did my pre-registration year here and I saw that the team were really friendly and very supportive. I saw all of my colleagues doing different qualifications that the team were offering here, that really appealed to me"

Fatimah Sajjad


A wholly owned pharmacy subsidiary provides outpatient dispensing at Corbett Hospital ambulatory site. We also have a pharmacy department at the Guest Hospital site. All three pharmacy departments are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and continue to pass each external inspection without concern.

A Wholesalers Dealers Authorisation was granted in 2015, and a Controlled Drug Home Office Licence was granted in March 2016 to permit wholesaling activities. A diverse range of pharmaceutical services are provided by the pharmacy team across all our sites, some of which are tendered contracts to other NHS and non-NHS providers.

Twelve teams are in place to deliver the operational elements of the pharmacy service and Trust-wide medicines optimisation activities. These are headed by at least one of the senior leadership team;

Twelve teams are in place to deliver the operational elements of the pharmacy service and Trust wide medicines optimisation activities. These are headed by at least one of the Senior Leadership Team;

  1. Clinical Ward Services
  2. Antimicrobial Stewardship
  3. Medicines Optimisation and Homecare
  4. Medicines Information, Formulary and Interface
  5. Medicines Governance and Safety
  6. Dispensary Operations
  7. Pharmacy R&D (Clinical Trials)
  8. Pharmacy Procurement, Stores and Distribution
  9. Cancer and Aseptic Services
  10. Pharmacy Business, Administration and Performance
  11. Pharmacy and Medicines Education and Training

Each team is led by a deputy chief pharmacist or principal pharmacist. All teams report to the chief pharmacist and associate director of medicines optimisation. Our service reaches all wards and departments across the Trust, plus a range of external organisations under service level agreements.

Pharmacy services are delivered by more than 160 staff that include;

Pharmacy technicians
Pharmacy assistants
Pharmacy apprentices
Administrative and clerical officers.


Alicia talks about her career progression from pharmacy apprentice to a more senior role at The Dudley Group.

Pharmacy Undergraduate Placement Progranme 2024


 The Russells Hall Pharmacy Placement Programme is an annual programme in June and July organised for undergraduate pharmacy students. 

Students will visit a range of pharmacy activities and work alongside our phenomenal pharmacy team. 


The programme is open to students currently studying for an Mpharm degree in the 1st – 3rd year.

For more information download the poster from the link below. 

Use the QR code to open the application form.  Applications open on Friday 5th April 2024. 

The Phamacy


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The Pharmacy Vision

The service vision is to lead on medicines optimisation activities that ensure the pharmacy teams are integrated into the Trust divisions as medicines experts. Pharmacy teams deliver patient-facing medicines management and enhance patient experience.

“The COVID-19 pandemic also brought pace in setting up different ways of working to enable care to our patients…”

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Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Strategy

The Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation strategy has been developed by the pharmacy staff at DGFT following extensive consultation and agreement with local and system stakeholders. The strategy describes the service, safety, workforce and medicines optimisation ambitions for 2022-2024.

The link above will take you to the Postgraduate Learning Platform, to view the Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Strategy document. You will need to log in to this platform to gain access. 


Below are some useful website links that can help and support your training.

General Pharmaceutical Council
Pharmacy regulation

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
We are the RPS

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Development for Pharmacy

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