Read through the stories from our very own Pharmacy professionals at University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Trust!

Based across Bristol city centre & Weston-Super-Mare, the UHBW Pharmacy team are integral to everything we do, helping us to deliver the best treatment options for our patients both while they’re staying with us and after they leave!

Trainee Emergency Medicine ACP, Emergency Department (adults)

Cath Rogers

Cath has been with UHBW for over 20 years; initially joining the Trust as an undergraduate, Cath has worked her way up to a band 8b Pharmacist role and is now undertaking a HEE (Health Education England) apprenticeship in advanced practice in the Emergency Department.

What do you enjoy about your role at UHBW?

The variation and the challenges each day brings and the support offered, initially by the pharmacy team and then by the Emergency Department in developing skills such as clinical assessment to be in a position to transition to an ACP role (Advanced Clinical Practice).

Why did you initially apply to join the pharmacy team at UHBW?

From when I was an undergraduate (20+ years ago) UHBW has always held an air of prestige as an excellent place to work in terms of varied opportunities across medicine, surgery, paediatrics and oncology.
I applied for the post as Emergency Department Pharmacist as I wanted to return to a more patient facing role after working in management roles for a number of years.  I have always enjoyed the variability in front of house services and the opportunity to apply for the role was well timed.

Talk us through your career journey at UHBW.

To transition in to an ACP role I have actually gone backwards in terms of grading. As a manager in my previous role I was an 8b pharmacist, moving to Bristol to become an 8a Emergency Department Pharmacist and now a band 7 as a trainee ACP.
I would anticipate future pharmacists would progress forward into this role.

Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician, (PTPT)

Jay Ragoo

Why did you choose to do a pharmacy technician apprenticeship?

I was interested in the wide ranging opportunities available to pharmacy technicians to work in varied roles doing and different things.

What’s the best thing about doing an apprenticeship?

I enjoy having the time set out for study to help balance learning commitments as well as being able to learn so much on the job as well.

What advice would you give someone considering an apprenticeship?

Make as best use of your time as possible. Get a good idea of the different pieces of coursework you need to complete and when you need to complete it by, to make sure you have enough time to commit to completing them on time